The second step of the home buying process is to get your pre-approval. You will hear this from a lot of people you talk to. It is usually one of the first things you should be doing. This will make your home buying experience much more pleasant.
Once you are pre-approved you know exactly what you can shop for. This can avoid the disappointment of looking at homes you can't afford. Being pre-approved turns you into a serious & cash buyer, which will ensure you can buy the home of your dreams.