A great way to begin is to shore up your credit. Most people need a mortgage when purchasing a house and within this process one needs a good credit history record. The best way to go about doing this is, a few months before you start house hunting, get copies of your credit report and check if everything is accurate and if not fix up all the problems.
Although there are very nice houses out there, one should buy a house that they can afford. Most people put a 20 percent down payment of the sale price however if you cannot afford this you can always try to apply for a loan. If you are purchasing a house for a family you also want to look into buying in a district with good schools. If you are having trouble finding a house or are clueless about the process you can always hire a professional.