Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Closing, Hopefully

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!!!!


Cardine said...

So wait. You're moving stuff this weekend or next weekend? If it's this weekend, I am totally available to help.

I can't wait for you, either! How exciting! (Are you switching wards?) What sort of pet are you thinking about?

tearese said...

ooo, how exciting. Sounds hectic still, even without the additional job...good thing it didn't come through, actually.

Mellissa Hunt said...

Yeah for you! That's great that everything has gone so smoothly for you.

Ben is taking next week off and we would be more than happy to help you with anything you need; cleaning, moving. Ben's muscles come in handy, if I do say so myself!

julie said...

Cardine, I'm moving next weekend - this weekend I'm going to my grandma's house for M-day. And, I understand that you'll be gone next week, but that you'd help if you were here. So, thank you! Yes, I'm switching wards, I'll be in my mom's. I can't decide between a cat or a dog. Both have good and bad points.

Tearese, yeah, it really probably is for the best, cuz it will be hectic. I'm excited though!

Missy, thank you! I'd be happy to take up your offer of help. I'm planning on starting Saturday around 9am. Would that work? If not, I'll totally understand. THANK YOU!

Alyson said...

How exciting!! I can't wait to see your new place. Can I be the first to ask, what is HOA? Does that stand for Home Owners Association? And why does that include cable and internet?

You are going to grandma's house this weekend? I'm so bummed that I have to work. I would have loved to go out there and spend some time with you. I hope you have a fun and safe trip.

Anonymous said...

Way exciting! I can't wait to visit. Especially to see your cruise print hanging on your wall. Did you ever think that in less than a year from that cruise you'd be hanging that print on the wall of your own home?

I didn't. I mean, for me... even though I don't have a print to hang... you know what I mean.

julie said...

Aly, yes that's what HOA stands for. I don't know why it includes internet and cable, it just does. It also covers a lot of other things, of course. I wish you could be there this weekend! Bummer! I hear you and Cassie may come for a visit in June, though, is that right??? I hope so. :)

Sarah, I knew what you meant! LOL. No, I never would have guessed. I remember getting the print and wondering when I'd ever be able to hang it up, since I knew I couldn't in the studio. At the time I didn't know where I'd end up moving! Certainly didn't think I'd be buying a condo!!!

Booklogged said...

You're coming here this weekend? I didn't know that. Looking forward to seeing you.

Your condo sounds wonderful. Can't wait to hear all about it. Do you have pictures?

Alyson said...

Oh, good point Booklogged! We need pictures!!

julie said... That would entail having a camera with batteries, something I don't have currently. I mean, I have the camera, not the batteries. However, I will do my best in the coming weeks to post pictures of the condo.

Don't hold your breath.

And, you may need to remind me.

Lori Clark said...

Julie - congrats on the new place I'm excited for you. If you need anything let me know, I've got lots of boxes. I can't wait to see your new place someday.