I agree with Jim on one point: that Robert's income is too low to afford a home purchased anywhere close to where he lives (Newport Beach, CA).
Assuming you pay nothing down, can get a 6.5% interest rate (highly unlikely with the type of loan you will need), and not factoring in property taxes, HOA dues, or insurance, you would be able to afford a $139,226 property. That is also assuming you have no other monthly obligations of any kind (no car payment, no credit card debt, no cell phone, etc.) and the bank is willing to give you a 33% front end ratio (meaning, you are allowed to count all of your non-reported income and they let you spend up to 1/3 of it on your mortgage payment).
All that said Robert, begin putting away the amount of money you would spend on your mortgage every month so you can learn to live off of a budget that includes a mortgage. You will also begin saving money for your down payment while you look for a job that pays more money. When your income sustains it, you can buy a home. Contrary to other advice, real estate will not drop an additional 40% (the biggest real estate declines in history have not dropped that much in total, and we're at 15-20% already), and real estate is not a "sucker's game", it is a proven vehicle for great wealth building. Keep your head up. 7 years ago I was in your exact same financial situation, so I went out of state (to Oregon) and purchase an modest 3 bedroom home for $110,000, that is today worth $225,000 and cash flows positively for me every month.