This evening, instead of Knuth, I went to BECU up in Everett, for a seminar on "How to Find or Sell Your Home". (While waiting for it to begin, I found a hot ethernet port, but annoyingly, the only places it would go was BECU's own websites (and presumably their own SMB shares, tho I didn't poke in that direction.)) The seminar was instructive, but I was amused that they carefully never said buy, just "find". They've got a bunch of incentives. If I finance with them, and use one of their pet realtors, they give discounts on the closing costs, and a rebate of the realtor's commission. And if I take their "How to Finance Your New Home" seminar, I get a certificate for $250 more off the closing costs. I will keep it in mind.
And then, I did my first gym visit for this series. Go me. The results will be in the next entry. I can tell I've really gone to seed in the last year and a half.