I should be closing on my condo this Friday!!!!
Recently, I started to panic a little because a) my agent and the broker said at the start of all this that everything should be ready really quickly, then it seemed to stall for no apparent reason, b) I have to be out of my apartment at the end of the month - next weekend!, and c) I'm a planner that likes to give myself a lot of time to do things, just in case something goes wrong.
Turns out that my end of the loan process finished two weeks ago - the broker said he'd like 1,000 clients like me because I have "all [my] ducks in a row" and was the "smoothest loan applicant ever" - but the lender needed a document signed by the developer to ensure that the developer's partners couldn't interfere with anything in the future. Well, the developer chose this month to go out of the country. He got back yesterday, signed the document today, and so we're closing on Friday (knock on wood - seriously, I'm superstitious).
Everyone keeps asking me if I'm nervous about buying a "house". No, I'm not. In fact, I can't wait. I know I can afford it, and if ever I feel like I need a little help, I have room for a roommate (hopefully it never comes to this - knock on wood again!). And, I really look forward to moving in to a new, bigger home.
I've lost all desire to cook in my current "kitchen"; it's depressing. I can't wait to have counters on which to roll pie crust dough, a full-size oven in which to roast a turkey, and a dishwasher in which to hide all my dirty dishes!! Sigh. Also, my poor little studio apartment is busting at the seams; I don't have room for everything I own and I don't even own that much stuff! Books are piled on my kitchen table because my bookshelves are full and I don't have the space for a new bookshelf. My pitiful closet is home to at least 5 kitchen items that won't fit in the hutch my boss gave me when I moved in. I have nowhere to stack mail, store suitcases, or hang my fabulous Emile Bellet print that I won on my cruise last summer. Also, my new place comes with a washer and dryer so I won't have to go over to Mom's house every time I need to do laundry! AND, part of the HOA dues includes cable and wireless internet. I'm also thinking about getting a pet.
See why I'm excited???
If all goes according to plan, I'll close on Friday, get the keys at the beginning of next week, and start moving boxes the rest of the week. Then, on Saturday I'll move all the big stuff and whatever boxes I didn't move on my own. Saturday afternoon I'll clean. That night I'll spend the first night in my new home. Sunday I'm driving to Page, AZ for a two-day job. What would life be like if it weren't hectic??? Actually, it could be worse - today I was offered the possibility of a job in Sacramento next week. I'd have to leave Tuesday for the 12-hour drive, work Wednesday, then drive home on Thursday. And still move that weekend. However, they didn't want to pay as much as I'd need to be paid to make it worth my while to go (they wanted to pay half of my estimate, which wouldn't even cover my costs!), so next week won't be nearly as bad as it could have been. I really wanted the job, though. Oh well.
So, keep your fingers (and toes) crossed, knock on wood, say a prayer, and wish on a star for the closing to go through on Friday as planned. Thanks!!!!