I still have no idea what I/we could reasonably afford, commitment is still scary, I don't know about a grad school offer, and $450,000-$550,000 seems like an obscene amount of money.
Though thanks to her prodding I did go ahead and email the real estate agent for some leads on some brokers.
Why are granite counter-tops and tubs with water jets so appealing? And why doesn't new construction have ethernet jacks in each room. I mean the 3 coax ports was kinda neat, but c'mon, where's my fiber or cat6?