BUT WE'RE GOING TO CLOSE ON OUR HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Yes, it required an unnecessary number of exclamation points. Trust me.)
We got the call today. I emailed our processor a few times today asking if there was any news, and she said that she'd call as soon as she heard anything but we had to allow the full 48 hours for review. Then I thought, "Well, if the paperwork was submitted on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. and it's Friday at 12:00 p.m.....hasn't it been 48 hours?" But my patience paid off because we got the call around 5:00 this evening that we are officially--OFFICIALLY, I SAY--cleared to close.
"Cleared to close." Those are the three most beautiful words I've heard in a long, long time. Shortly afterwards I got a call from our realtor who said, "So I hear you've been a little frustrated, eh?" Clearly I've got a rep. ;-) "Whatevs," I say. For the trouble we've been through, I'm proud of my street cred. Our realtor told me that there was some hold up because the seller's attorney never filed a court paper saying the seller had power of attorney (the beauty of buying an estate sale) so they had to, in his words, "Scramble to get the damn thing filed" before the end of the work week.
I called our attorney and left a message basically saying 'whenever' works for us and 'the sooner the better'. Our REA called the attorney as well and said to get it done ASAP. Now, we just need to wait for the attorneys to get together to pick a date, time, and place and we can get this crap wrapped up!
Tonight we packed. Not too much because most of the "un-necessities" are already packed away, but we did (well, Graham did) pack away a number of books, and we took some photos off the walls. I packed up a box of towels and some bathroom stuff so we can go to the house right after we cloes and set up a bathroom to use while we're over there getting things in order. (Note to self: Add toilet paper to that box.)
We've also got to sit down and make a list of things that need to get done right away, like changing the locks and cleaning. One of my top priorities is to get our bedroom painted before we move in. Ideally, we would have closed a month ago (a month ago tomorrow) and painted and ripped up carpet. But, when that didn't happen we had to postpone all our plans for homemaking. Now, everything is on hold until March when Graham's on intersession again. In my head, I've got big plans for March, mostly involving panels and ripping up carpet. BUT....I'm waiting until we close and get moved in to think about those things. I still don't believe we're actually closing. I won't believe it till I get those keys in my hand!
Right now, we don't have an official closing date, but we're looking at Wednesday--Friday. We're out of paperwork hell, so it's just getting everyone to get together. And naturally, you can bet your sweet bippy I'll be calling on Monday evening if we don't get a phone call before we get home!