1) Pick an agent.
This person is going to be your guide through the real estate transaction. Find someone you can stand being around for an extended period of time and with whom you feel comfortable communicating your wants, needs, as well as dislikes when it comes to the properties you are viewing. The agent should be knowledgeable and experienced in the area you wish to live and the price range in which you wish to buy.
You agent will be representing your interests, so ask their advice and hold them to task.