So much has happened over the course of four days, but I am pleased to say that we closed on our home! I arrived in Maryland on Friday, and it has been non-stop since then. Saturday we went to see the home since it was my first time in person, and I must say its gorgeous! I went through each room trying to visualize where I would put everything, and went to work with shopping. That day we purchased tables and chairs for the family room, entryway tables, ceiling fans and a garage door opener; Sunday it was the washer/dryer, TVs and cabinet hardware. My mind was all over the place that night so I didn't sleep a wink...I was too excited!
Monday started off pretty well. We met with the PM Duane for a final check before we went to settlement to ensure all issues were fixed. I must say, he has been excellent during this entire process and I wouldn't mind working with him in the future. Our settlement meeting began at noon, and after signing 1,720 pages of housing documents we were done...or so we thought. The closing officer goes out to cut the refund check since we were due back money, and 25 minutes later we had not heard anything. He comes back in and states they needed to verify employment...what tha what? Why are you now asking to verify employment after I have signed everything? So I get my boss on the line to let him know to expect a call, and the officer leaves out again. Twenty minutes later, nothing. Fifteen more minutes passed, not a word. I am getting nervous at this point. Another fifteen minutes passed, and I am getting irritated. Steve, the calm one that he is, goes out to the receptionist to see if all is well, and they ensure him that it is. Another twenty minutes passed, and I am ready to pull out my hair. The closing officer comes back in, and I ask if all is well...he says "I was cutting the check, did they verify employment?" I don't know, you tell me! He then says that I am good to go, hands over the keys and that nice fat refund check, and we literally run out of the building.
The rest of the evening consisted of moving our things out of our friends' home where we were staying, buying necessities to get us through the night in our new home. I didn't care if I had to sleep on the floor, I was sleeping in that house that night. We bought an amazing E-Z-Bed from Frontgate to hold us until our stuff comes this week, and we slept wonderfully. Verizon showed up early so I was online in less than an hour, and the rest of the day will consist of mounting the TV above the fireplace, hang the ceiling fans, install the garage door opener and buy misc items.