Let your Agent know your list of needs, wants and deal breakers when looking for a house. They will narrow down the market to avoid wasting your time.
Figure out what neighborhoods you would like to live in, what school districts are a must if you have or plan on having children.
Also take into consideration property taxes. When looking at the taxes of certain neighborhoods, consider not only how much they'll be when you move there but also the circumstances under which they can be raised. To certain residents, higher property taxes are something they're willing to accept in exchange for a better police force, beautiful downtown and exceptional schools.