If you are buying a home, consider meeting with me in person to discuss a search strategy and to discuss your goals. I'd be happy to meet you close to your home or work.
Get your financial ducks in a row. You're going to need a pre-approval letter or proof of funds in order to be taken seriously. Because the market moves so quickly, you might lose your dream home if you wait too long to get your financials in order.
Talk to a loan officer or your financial adviser to discuss what makes sense for you and what you can afford. (Let me know if you'd like recommendations.)
Set up property alerts via a licensed realtor like myself. You'll get an email from me each morning when there are matches to your criteria. This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the inventory and pace of the market.
Start attending Open Houses. I'll send you notices of open houses in your daily email alerts. This is a great, low-stress way to refine your sense of what you're looking for.
This is just a start. The best way to kick things off is for us to meet and discuss your goals.