Tuesday, August 28, 2012

We're in!

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.

 


I will post more when all of the furniture arrives and things are mostly set up, but until then here a picture of us opening the door with our new keys for the very first time.


22 comments:

  1. Timika, OMG!! WELCOME HOME to the STATES and TO A BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME!! Congratulations on getting back to the states safely!!

    AND what a beautiful site--they keys in hand and you and the hubby opening up the door.

    I must say it has been very interesting watching your journey and a great pleasure. I know it was nerve wrecking at first but, NICE reward to get that FAT check at the end!! I can't wait to see you decorate your ROME!!

    So happy for the two of you!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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    1. Thanks! It feels good to be in our own home :)

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  2. Congrats again, and welcome home. I noticed they charge like $35 to verify employment. They call me at work ALL the time. so I'm not sure what else they need to verify. LOL

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    1. Thank you! The past week has been a blur so I am finally catching up on posts!

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  3. Congrats!! Can't wait to see pictures!

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    1. Thank you! I won't post any pictures until I can decide on window treatments! lol

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  4. Congrats!! Look forward to seeing more pics!!!

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  5. HOOAH! and congratulations on closing!!

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    1. Thank you! And congrats on breaking ground, everything will fly by now!

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  7. Very awesome! Congrats on the house and congrats on being done with NVR!

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    1. Yes! Now I'm just waiting on them to sell my loan so I can get better service!

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    1. Thanks! You don't have much longer :)

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  9. I'm sorry you had to wait so long after you signed everything to verify employment. They waited until the last possible second to ask for verification. Not cool! But you have your keys in hand now! Congrats!!!

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    1. Thank you, huge relief! How are you guys coming along?

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  10. I am just now seeing this and absolutely love the porch! I am already asking my husband about adding that to our Rome as well! I also love that bay-window. Neither were options for us, but I would have easily paid for them seeing how they add to the look!!! LOVE IT and beautiful color choices! :)

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    1. Thanks Kimmie, we do have great taste! ;) There were a few options I wish I would have gotten, but I can always add later.

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