Window shopping and brainstorming
Start browsing around online. Take a look around online and check out some options. Think about the type of style home you would want whether it is a single-family, condominium, or multi-family. Think about commute to work, school, etc and what would work best for you as far as location. There are features that you may want the town or city to have where you will reside, think about those and weigh which ones are more important and the ones that would be nice but perhaps not as important. Take a note of all of these things and in addition to these make sure you have a clear picture of what you would want the living space to look and feel like.
Get a rough idea of what your budget may look like. Feel free to play around with the mortgage calculator on this website to play with different scenarios.