Three weeks ago, I wasn't even looking at moving. I didn't particularly like renting, but I didn't think I could afford a house in the City.
Two weeks ago, my wife and I decided on the spur of the moment to stop in at an open house we were passing by (just to be nosy).
A week and a half ago, I contacted a Real Estate Agent.
A week ago, we spent a Saturday morning looking at houses (the open house house had already gone).
5 days ago, we put in a conditional offer on a little bungalow.
3 days ago, we signed the counter-offer, and I got financing secured.
Tomorrow, I do the house inspection, and hopefully sign off the conditions.
I think we lucked out - the housing market is pretty expensive in Toronto right now, but we managed to snag this house for a good price. It needs a fair bit of work, but nothing that can't be handled by ourselves, with some family help. It's small, but it'll be cosy.
And I can ride my bike to work (approx. 8km/5 mi. each way).