I'm at my self-imposed deadline for when I want to start seriously looking at places in the area to buy. A condo, primarily (though one nice thing about houses being retardedly too expensive out here is that I don't even have to worry about mowing...). It's sort of a new year's resolution, but I made it half a year ago, so I think that's really too much forethought to count as a resolution. Anyway, it's pretty terrifying, exciting, interesting, and a whole bunch of stuff all at once. Just about everyone I know is strangely eager to share their homebuying stories, experience, and tips, which is handy.
Soon I'll be committing myself to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to a bank over a significant portion of my life. I don't like being indebted, and that doesn't sit very well with me. The only thing that doesn't turn me off to the idea entirely is that it's the only smart financial decision; perpetually renting an apartment doesn't make any sense at all.
I also need to look into pricing central air conditioning, which I'm sure is far from affordable. Places out here, as a rule, simply don't come with air conditioning, but that's totally unacceptable to me. Air conditioning is as essential to living as running water or broadband internet access.