That's exciting you are in the market looking for a home!
One of the first big questions is in obtaining financing for a home purchase is, which one is best for me! Finding a great lender is the first place to start.
They will walk you through the loan process and help you in 2 areas:
1 - getting preQualfied for a loan
2 - how much home can you afford
Both are necessary and better to have upfront before you start looking for a home.
I would highly recommend Amy Simmons with OnQ Financial.
Amy will walk you through what is required - documentation, paystubs, tax return, and bank
Once you are preQualified, you should then get a Realtor that can sit down with you and find out what you are looking for, what your expectations are and answer any questions you have about the Buying Process. (having a good Realtor on your side is important to look after and negotiate for you ... and having a Buyers agent won't cost you ... call me for more information!)
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance as you begin your home search.
My office is located in the San Tan Village Mall in Gilbert.