Owning a home is a great step toward living the American dream. Your goal is great, but you definitely need to prepare for the process. You need to get with a lender to 'pre-approve' you for a home loan based upon your current credit history, income, and debt. As a high school student, you may not have either of those three and they are the most important criteria a lender uses for lending money toward a home purchase. If you have the ability to pay cash for some reason, then the pre-approval is not required. I have a lender partner, who would be glad to check on your pre-approval. Just let me know.
Once a lender has provided the amount that you qualify for on a loan, the next step is to get with a local REALTOR to help you find the right home for you based upon the criteria you desire...location, size, features, lot vs acreage, etc.. As a buyer's agent, I will be able to find the properties that fit your criteria and show you all properties available for purchase including distresses properties such as foreclosures and short sales, which can provide great discounts on a quality home. It is also good to remember, that as your buyer's agent, my real estate fees are paid by the seller, not you!
Once you locate a home you desire, the REALTOR then begins the negotiation process with the seller's agent. This is a very important part of the entire process. The negotiation skills of the REALTOR may save, or cost, you thousands. Last year, I averaged over $15,000 in savings for my buyers through concessions paid from the seller.
After the home you desire is officially under contract between you and the sellers, your buyer's agent then works over the next 30+ days with your lender, title companies, inspectors, surveyors, etc to transfer the ownership of the home to you. Upon the closing date of the transaction, the home is yours.
I would be glad to help, so you can call/text me at 5015809151 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org