First and foremost Alexnova, you should go to a reputable lender to discuss your financial situation (income, debts, available funds, credit etc.) so that you know what price range would be comfortable and realistic for you. This would make the whole process easier both for you and your real estate agent when searching for your first home. Next, very simple, THEN, make a list of all the things you want in your first home. For example, possibly coming from an apartment you'd like more bedrooms, extra closets, etc. Also, as you go to visit houses you'll start to see the things that you absolutely have to have and certain things you can do without. I have worked with a lot of 1st time buyers and would be happy to help you if you'd like.