Now I see!
But there are still some lingering questions in my mind.
First, is it identical to write "Jeff recently decided to explore/examine thoroughly buying a new house?"
Second, I find the way you use "secure financing" very classic and intriguing at the same time. I don't think I'll be able to use it the way you do until I grasp its meaning fully. Does it mean "make sure he has enough fund/finance/money?" Yes!
Let's use the falling dominoes metaphor when 'looking into' the purchase of a new house. The first domino could be the search for a new home. (Newspaper ad, working with a real estate agent, seeing a 'for sale sign outside a home, etc.)
The second domino could be an actual visit to the house to view/inspect it.
The next domino would be to decide how much you are willing to pay for the house.
After establishing the price you can pay, you'll need to check your bank account to see if you have sufficient funds to purchase the house. If you are not able to pay 'cash' for the house, you will need to 'secure financing' (obtain a loan) from a bank or other lending institution.
There are many steps involved in purchasing a home and, once the dominoes begin falling into place, each falling domino will advance you one step closer to your final goal of signing the documents that give you possession of your new house!
So, in essence, 'looking into' buying a house could be as simple as doing a few things or as complex as signing the final papers!
If you have additional questions, be sure to get back to me!