Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Almost Closing Time


[all pictures via]

It's almost closing time. This is the part of home buying that really drags.
The house that we are buying was the very first house we looked at.
We put in an offer 3 days later.
We were in a bidding war (since it's bank-owned) with 4 other people.
A week later, we won.

We fought like crazy to get this one specific document that was needed from Bank of America (since they "own" the house, I strongly dislike you, Bank of America!!) even though we were financed through Wells Fargo. When no one could properly help me, I had to resort to calling up the corporate latter for days on end until I finally had a lady in their financing department over in NYC help me out and do the job right.
People, I fought for this house.

After we won the bid, everything went super fast. General inspection, appraisal, termite inspection, and final inspection.

Now, we are just playing the waiting game waiting for the bank to release one specific document that releases the escrow papers which then releases the keys into our hands.

We really need prayer today that this happens today or tomorrow so that we can get the keys by Friday because my hard-working husband has been working 10 miserably long days in order for him to take a 4-day weekend off so that we can get this house move-in ready (since it's been abandoned for 10 months). I think we'll be super bummed if we're sitting around all weekend just waiting. But oh well, we'll make the most of it and go see "The Hunger Games" again or something. We always do.

But please, pray hard, wont'cha? :)

In the meantime, it's my job today to really come up with some concrete decisions about paint colors and whatnot. I have to confess that I've really dropped the ball on this. I think with a baby on the way, packing up the townhouse, babysitting a puppy and trying to maintain some sanity (and sleep!), I haven't really thought too much about this. I need to get moving!

We went to Home Depot (or Home Desperate, as Joshua liked to call it) and picked out some general paint colors that we like. We are definitely doing light grey walls in baby girl's nursery, and some grey throughout the house. We also found a really pretty buttermilk color and a really gorgeous sage green color for the kitchen. Sometime before April 30th (when our current lease is up), we'll be (or I should say, Joshua will be) pulling up the old carpet, painting all 2,100 square feet, installing carpet upstairs (well, Home Desperate will be), painting the current kitchen cabinets (they're in great shape but we don't like the color), laying down laminate hardwood floors downstairs, and cleaning the house like crazy.

So if you don't hear from me, that's why. Thank you in advance for your prayers for our sanity! And pray that we get the keys this week! :) xo


The only room in the house that's painted, ironically the room we'll use for the nursery. And yes, we are repainting, and no, it will not be purple or pink // Shopping for paint colors last night

27 comments:

Erin said...

Praying!! This must be such a crazy process and so frustrating to wait. Good for you, girl, for fighting for the house. Praying God will give you peace and He will open doors (no pun intended!) that no one can shut! :)

MissMorgan said...

Man, what a pain! So exciting to have the house though! It's very pretty..
Morgan
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Lauren {Adventures in Flip Flops} said...

That sounds like such a process! So glad you found a house you like and that you think it'll be worth it! Thinking of y'all!

Ashley said...

Prayers coming your way! Good luck with everything, and make sure you try to get a little rest in there somewhere! :)

Tranae said...

Hang in there. It took what seems like forever for us to close on our house. The bank misplaced some of our documents. From the time we put in our offer until closing was about 6 or 7 weeks.

Nicole said...

Praying so hard for you friend. I am dead serious about this- Liam and I will hop on a plane and come help you if you need it ( you know I'm dying to get my hands on a house to fix up) Luke and I painted our house in the city in almost all shades of gray and loved it. I'm hear if you need help with color choices, or anything else! Love you much! xo

audrey said...

Oh how exciting! I'm in love with grey walls... those will be perfect for baby girl. :) I will be praying that all of the details work out and that you can get everything started on Friday!

Nicole Marie said...

Congrats! I hope all goes well for you. All the luck to you.

brittany kuhn said...

Praying for you guys!!!
The house in your pictures at the beginning of your post...is that the one your buying? It's gorgeous!!! I love the front door! Hope everything moves along for you!

Meredith said...

Praying, I can't believe it's been such a long process! I can't waiiittttt to see!

Lindsay said...

I LOVE all these pics! HOW EXCITING!!! Keep us updated!

Amanda said...

Yay!!! I remember waiting to close on our place. We were living 3 hours away, and we found out the night before that it didn't have a free and clear title. That turned out to not be a problem at all, but it was nerve wracking for a few weeks!

Praying all goes well!

Caitlin said...

Praying for you guys!! This will be just one less stress that you can cross off your list ;) Can't wait to see all of your decorating ideas! Especially for your precious baby girl!

The Arizona Russums said...

Praying for you, love. Can't wait to see it!!!

kraftykash said...

Don't be too hard on yourself. You have a lot going on right now. Take it one step at a time. :) Congrats on a new house

Danielle said...

I LOVE the pictures! SO PRETTY! Good luck. I just celebrated my one year anniversary in my house and know it's such a tough process!

Chelsea said...

How exciting! Your inspiration is beautiful and I know the finished product will be well worth all the work :) Praying that everything goes quickly and smoothly for y'all!

jennifer blair said...

I hope everything moves along quickly! I'm so excited for you guys!

Lottie said...

Hope it all works out.

And don't forget to get excited--so exciting!

the hollie rogue said...

praying for things to go as smoothly as house buying can go! hugs pretty lady!

Heather said...

oh wow! so much to do. I hope you guys have lots of help. We had a paint party and it was so much fun, and really helped get things done.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Good luck girl! Hoping you've already got the keys by now!

BlushnCheeks said...

Home desperate made me laugh out loud. I will pray that you get the keys so you guys can move in quickly. I love green in the kitchen. I painted our old kitchen a yummy mint green. Friends told me that it looked like candy and they wanted to lick the wall. HA they are silly. It sounds like you guys are gonna be BUSY. Good luck, hopefully Bank of America will hand over the paper. Fingers crossed.

Nessa Bixler said...

Praying for a quick and smooth closing. Hang in there!

JAIMIE @ roxyloveblog said...

You'll definitely be in my thoughts! <3

Allison said...

we just closed on our home Friday and let me say, when we bought a whole cart full of paint from 'home desperate' as your called it, we got lots of 'you are crazy' stares and several actual verbal comments! I just feel bad that like you, I can't be of much help in the whole process.. Good luck! I hope everything continues to go smoothly. It is a stressfully process! but thank goodness for husbands right!

Sophie said...

The house pictures are gorgeous! I love them! Good luck!

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