If you need a loan to purchase the home, be sure to get pre-approved by a large bank like Wells Fargo or Bank of America, not Uncle Jack the mortgage broker. Then you will know how much house you can afford, and can narrow your search significantly. Check out the different neighborhoods and find the area you want to live. Malibu is 27 miles long, and there are differences in every area. Go to open houses and see what size and style of house you like. If you know how much you can spend, what kind of house you want, and where you want to be, it will make it easy for a Realtor to help you find the right home. If you have any other questions, feel free to call me at (310) 403-4623 or email email@example.com.