This afternoon we've been looking at homes for sale, lots for sale, and some local building companies. We wandered through a dozen different houses and found a couple of floorplans that we like.
The Hater has gotten us pre-qualified for a loan, and we've used that as a guideline to look at houses that we could actually afford. (As opposed to the magnanimous houses that there's no way we could afford, unless we won the lottery last night and don't know it yet.) Oklahoma has special loan programs for first-time home owners and also for teachers, so we're hoping to get breaks on both ends.
I've nominated The Hater to be a committee of one to look into background checks for some of the companies. Our friend, Angry Dissenter in Vegas, is a lawyer and says he'll research to make sure the front-runners haven't been involved in bunches of lawsuits.
We're still in the forward thinking stage. We're so stuck in that phase that we don't know what the next phase will even be... maybe the seriously considering phase? We'll name it as we cross that threshold.
Update: We just checked our lottery ticket and, subsequently, will not be looking at the super fancy houses this week. Laundry is running and the cat is continuing her Olympic sleep-a-thon.