Have you met with a lender and agent regarding your qualifications? There are first time home programs available to certain income levels. Some cities have redevelopment money which can assist you in purchasing more. For example I worked with a first time buyer last year who was qualified to purchase FHA up to $250,000. That put her in short sale only condos, they were old and very few qualified for FHA. She ended up purchasing a brand new town, larger and included two car garage for $375,000. With the cities contribution programs she qualified and her monthly payment difference between the $250,000 and $375,000 was less than $200 per month. She also qualified for down payment and closing cost assistance. These programs are not available to all but they are out there.
So with that, meet with an agent who will counsel you, get you qualified, and who is familiar with the various first time home buyer programs.