After an extremely lengthy process of looking, searching, looking and then negotiating, today we finally closed on a condo!
The process of looking, negotiating, and closing on a condo was quite an adventure for us – it seemed there was rarely a dull moment. Our realtor, Joe, was fantastic and really made the whole thing fun and a great experience, despite the craziness that occurred.
There were strange tenants, broken keys and, finally, insane sellers and their real estate agents, but we’ve finally become condo owners! We placed our initial offer on the unit on November 20, 2008 – just before Thanksgiving (the anniversary of our engagement), and we closed today slightly more than a month later.
We had our final walk through at 11:30 a.m. this morning and got to meet our seller at that point, since she was still moving out. Everything appeared to be working and in decent shape, so we headed down in the blizzard to the closing downtown. Just like everything else with our home buying adventure – things didn’t go perfectly. At the first bank we stopped at to get our final deposit check, the bank was closed due to an emergency. The second bank, fortunately, was open and after a little arguing over whether or not the money that was in my account could be withdrawn, and some confusion over my maiden/married name conundrum, I had the check in hand and we were ready to head to the closing office.
Just a few hours later – most of it waiting for the money to get final approval after arriving at the closing office – we were newly-minted home owners!
The unit has two bedrooms, a separate dining room (pictured above with seller’s furniture in it), a front patio and back deck and two things we’ve been sorely missing – a washer/dryer unit and a dishwasher! We can’t wait to finally be able to do our laundry without hauling bags and bins out to the car to the laundromat or downstairs in the cold/heat to a single washer and dryer shared by 6 other people and our dishes without having to do them all by hand.