I agree with Jill's and other recommendations below. Start with "finding the money" by getting pre-qualified by a good lender. I prefer that my clients work with a mortgage originator who's local and not someone that's over state lines or a website that's impersonal. You'll need your local originator's support at off hours when you need a pre-approval letter when you find the perfect home you want to make an offer on.
After you get pre-approved and understand what price range you need to focus your property search on, you can focus on "finding the house" with a good Buyer's agent. Not all agents are looking out for your interests. Remember this: Listing agents represent the Sellers, not you. You deserve to have your interests represented and you can do so by forging a relationship with a Buyer's Agent. There often is no "out-of-pocket" cost to you for your Buyer's agent's services as they are typically paid by the Listing agent sharing a portion of their commission should you purchase a property.
You don't have to be joined at the hip forever with a Buyer's agent. You can have an agreement for a single property and doing that allows you to get a feel if you and the agent are a good match.
Best of luck with your search and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Greg Hanner, Broker, REALTOR, e-PRO