I flew out to State College and looked at a few places, but there was no one clear place that stood out. The next day I got a call from Tara at 7am EST (i.e. 4am PST), which totally surprised me. I asked her what she was doing up so early, and she responded that she couldn't sleep around 3am, so she'd gotten up and started looking online for houses and noticed that a new house had just come on the market. She thought it was perfect, and that it would likely go fast. So I alerted our real estate agent, and he was able to get me in to see the house that day. I had to miss the formal lunch for the research conference so that I could see the place, but it turned out to be worth it. We really liked the house and made an offer on it that same day and that evening the offer was accepted. So after waiting months and months to find a place, when the right place came up, we were able to act quickly and lock in. We feel very blessed.
In unrelated news, I also attended an accounting research conference at Penn State. It was a great conference, and at the end, they had a nice activity where we went out to a nice range and got to shoot clay pigeons. The weather was perfect, and we all had a good time.