Visit a lender and get a pre-qualification letter. This helps you to know what you can expect to invest in. This saves time for you and your Realtor. Limit your financial stress.
Make a list of your real estate needs and desires with your realtor.
Do NOT make any major credit purchases while in the market to buy a new home.
Compare homes and use the advice of your lender, your Realtor and home inspector to make sound choices . . . not emotional ones.