Today Nick and I broke our golden rule... we went to a bunch of open houses. Which is a huge, huge no, because it invariably leads to us a) finding a house we LOVE but can't put an offer on because we haven't saved up a down payment yet, and b) coming home and spending 3 days moping about how much we hate our current place. (Sorry, Current Place. It's not you, it's us. We just want more, you know? You were good while you lasted but frankly, we're just so over you.) We did end up finding a beautiful house in Avon that we loved, but it was about 150K outside of the TOP of our price range, so it really didn't matter that we didn't have a down payment yet. It did help us think about some of the features that are important to us though... and one look at the backyard further cemented that we want a pool. And a big backyard, for the puppy we will get as soon as we have a house.
I really, really wish we could buy a house right now. Waiting sucks.