The absolutely best place to state your buying process is to review your monthly budget, accounting for all monthly income and expenditures. It's surprising how many buyers overlook this most important step when it comes to buying.
With this accomplished, you will be ready to move to phase 2 of the process which included arranging for financing and getting pre-approved for funding. Also included in this phase is finding an agent that can support your search process. Make sure you are working with an experienced full time agent that is familiar with opportunities in your target location.
Often the best way to identify an agent to work with is to attend local open houses. This activity will help you get to know some of the local inventory and provide you with the opportunity to see how these agents think on their feet and interact with the public.