The first step is to contact a local real estate agent to assist you with your search. It's best to find one agent whom you feel comfortable with and stick with them, this way they will work hard to find you a great home! Your agent will keep you up-to-date on new homes and reduced homes to the market. Once you find a home that meets your needs your agent wil help you write up an offer, negotiate the terms and walk you through all the steps of the contract.
If you need assistance please feel free to contact me, I am very familiar with Manalapan and would love to help you with your home search.