If you're in Colorado Springs, I can hook you up with a stellar realtor team. Seriously, they showed us 20+ properties without getting testy about it
The most important thing about real estate is the location. You can change practically everything else -- carpet, kitchens, yards, add on to make it bigger -- but you will never be able to move it.
Even if you don't have kids, pay careful attention to the school districts. That will be important for re-sale later on.
If a home you're interested in is in a newer area or adjacent to undeveloped property, check with your local government(s) to see how the adjacent property is zoned and if a development plan has been submitted. You don't want to be stuck next to a tire place
or a car stereo place.
Find a GOOD inspector, ALWAYS get an inspection, and ALWAYS make any offer contingent on your satisfaction with the inspection.
Shop around for your mortgage. Rates may be similar, but some mortgage companies charge nickel and dime fees that really add up.
Lastly, be sure to leave enough room in your budget for repairs and spruce ups. Blinds for a new home will cost upwards of $500. Most Colorado sellers offer home warranties like Blue Ribbon that cover things like the frig, furnace, etc. But things like lawn mowers are on you.
Good luck and have fun house hunting!