Do some preliminary research on the internet looking at housing, and make note of your likes, dislikes, wants and needs. It will be important to discuss your financing options with a loan officer and obtain a preapproval. This will give you guidance for the price range which will make sense for you. The loan officer will take into account the type of loan program that you qualify for and are comfortable with.
If you have a referral for a Realtor to represent you, start working with that person. I suspect that might not be the case, since you are posing this question online. Ask friends and family for names of agents who they would recommnend. Upon meeting with a Realtor, discuss uprfront what your expectations are and how they work. Don't be timid about asking a lot of questions. Speak with a few Realtors, find the one that's right for you, and work closely with that person.
If you don't find an agent through friends or family, go to a few open houses, and correspond with a few agents online.
I do recommend that you find one agent who you work with closely.
Best of luck to you!
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group, Inc.