1. Download Redfin
  2. Pick a neighborhood
  3. set a budget
  4. plan to visit open houses
  5. get pre-approved by a bank since it takes a while.
  6. don't fall in love with the first place.
  7. request a 3Rs report.
  8. overbid for what you want, market is crazy.
  9. research comps online for recent purchases to understand current market value.
  10. if possible get the broker repenting the seller, no conflict no interest.