As you may have heard, there are special loan programs available for teachers through CalHFA. Unfortunately it has been temorarily suspended at the moment, see link below:
There are, however, other downpayment assistance programs that are still available.
Most any Realtor can help you with finding a home as a first time buyer as long as they know to give some extra time for close of escrow, if a CalHFA program gets used for the purchase (teacher's or other downpayment assistance programs).
Here is the contact info for a lender who I have worked with this past year where we completed a transaction for another teacher. She will have the latest up to date info on the teacher's as well as other down payment assistance programs. She is very well versed in them.
Golden Empire Mortgage
(310) 923-0901 Direct Line
I would be happy to help you.
Call anytime with questions.
Tom Goeders, Realtor, SRES
Keller Williams Realty