If you’re looking to buy a property in Greater Manchester, may I suggest that you look at the Manchester Evening News’ Property Pages at http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/property/
While it’s not ideal for locating your dream house in a specific area, it is good for getting a feel of various areas of Manchester, new housing projects and the latest information.
For example you’ll find that Rusholme and Withington are areas of cheaper housing but higher social problems, whereas Cheadle Hulme and Dunham Massey are far more affluent areas with lower crime but high house prices.
Once you’ve got some areas you’d like to start looking at houses in, simply Google something like “Houses for sale in Withington” or “Houses for sale in Rusholme”. What will be returned with be Estate Agents and mortgage brokers in that area. Then you can either visit their web sites to browse the houses they have for sale or call in and speak to them.
For example a recent post in the MEN (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/property/buying-a-house-in-hale-13734144) discusses the very high property prices in Hale and Altrincham, where prices are only affordable for very few people.
Know that you’ll need to be in full time employment (ideally) and have a substantial deposit in order to buy a house.