Friday, August 19, 2005

Running Towards Home 

Don't want to jinx anything, or let my fragile heart hope too much, lest something go horribly, annoyingly wrong at the eleventh hour. After all, look at how long it took me to find a job.

But without going into too much detail, let me just say that it's beginning to look like sometime Tuesday we'll be ready to play "name that price" on the home of our dreams.

At which point, in even the best of circumstances, a very long process begins that a) makes buying a car look like picking up a pack of gum for exact change, and b) will result in our being broke for perpetuity.

It took a while to get here. Eight months, if you count from the day the Head of School called me into his office and downsized my ass; two and change if you only number the days since the four of us -- infant, smallchild, spouse and hero -- moved all our worldly possessions from school housing to a storage unit and walked off head-high into the sunset. A month of househunting, a week of missing the credit rating bar until we found a mortgage broker who could cover us; no matter how you count it, we've been Kerouacking it for far too long.

But if it works, as Darcie says, by Thanksgiving we'll have something to be truly thankful for. And I'm not just talking about finally having a reason to buy a riding lawn mower, though let me tell you, I'm really looking forward to small vehicular purchases that accompany homeownership. Mmmm...snowblower.

In all seriousness, I don't think I've ever been so nervous in all my life. Bargaining and negotiating give me anxiety attacks, and the stakes are so high; we've come so far, are we overdue for disaster again? I want it to work, and of course I want the sellers to go insane and accept a truly low bid (say, fifteen percent under asking price), but really, I can accept anything but an absolute no at this point.

Really, I just want it to be finally over.

Oh, God, please let this be the last of it. We've been wandering so long, I feel like Moses.

(The manna's not bad, though.)

posted by boyhowdy | 10:25 PM |

Hang in their with the house-buy, Boyhowdy. Just remember that this part isn't a speedbump, it is a step. Buying a house marries you to new complexities, expenses, and headaches, but the walls around you are good things to be in command of.
When Tony and I went to our house closing I had to leave school early. As I walked out of class one of my students said, "I hope you get a good one Ms. Everett."

I think it really hit me that we were grown-ups and homeowners when we wrote a $20,000 check to my parents (they helped cover the downpayment).

I can't wait to hear all about your new home (and job).
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