There are times when you need to be updated, times when you need to listen to your own mind, and times when you have to do intelligent combinations of both. For house buying, you usually have to know what is out there and have a good, clear idea of what you are looking for at the same time.
Fortunately, there are a lot of outlets to get information both to be up-to-date and to help organize your own thoughts. Take a look at real estate magazines and listings in the papers. Taking a look at pictures provided will let you know what houses are going on sale these days and will give you an idea about what kind of house you want. Go online and do this there as well. Chances are, you will get a whole lot more especially in the way of pictures, online. Also, look at getting a broker. Brokers will have access to listings and will help you narrow down your search according to budget and preference.