i decided to not sit out a yr since i'm having my surgery on the 12th and should have it out of the way where i won't be worrying about insurance so much.
i found a condo 12 minutes from smu that is currently leased out until aug 31st. i could buy it with cash now and not worry about paying rent all through law school, which should relieve some stress. nothing fancy, but i could keep my doggie and enjoy the pool.
now i'm trying to figure out what other zip codes are in the area