Common styles include ranch, 2 story, split entry, and multi-level. Do you want to live in a single-family home, or would you prefer a duplex or townhome? Do you want a brand-new home built from the ground up, or do you want a home with history and character?
Downtown, subdivision, or acreage? Do you want to live in a specific school district or be near your workplace? Do you want to be close to the interstate or just outside the city?
To help focus on affordable homes and keep your expectations realistic, it pays to get pre-qualified by a lender right away. Also, sellers are more likely to choose an offer that is pre-approved over an offer from someone whose financial picture is still in question.