I was going to just reply to the wonderfully supportive comments on my last post about the house hunt, but by the time I was about half-way done I figured it was too long....so here it is.
Thank you all for the supportive comments. I got a little freaked out because things were going so quickly, and forgot that the actual buying process would most likely be a lot slower. I think it is a pretty understandable mistake, since my only knowledge of the home buying process comes from TV. Those folks tour all the houses, set up their financing, and go through the whole process in under 30 minutes!
After many deep breaths (and a long talk with the Mr.) I have decided to just calm down. We don't HAVE to move the minute our lease is up, and there will be many more houses coming on the market in the coming months. After this Friday, we will have seen all the houses available right now that meet our requirements. Then we can decide which we want. If we end up losing what we like by waiting too long, we will just have to wait until something else comes along that we like. Our financial situation will only improve the more money we are able to save for a down, and house prices are predicted to continue dropping for some time yet.
I am not really big on leaving things to Fate, as I believe you have to work hard for what you want and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to help Fate along, but I am going to put my faith in it for now. We will find the house that is right for us (for right now) when the time is right. My area is one that saw massive amounts of growth in the last 10 years, and a lot of those homes were financed with sub prime loans. There were also more homes built than there were buyers, so it isn't as if we will be unable to find something if neither of the two we are looking at now work out.
We might even find that elusive "dream home".