Warning: Buying a House May Make You Crazy!!!

So I have not had a chance to post in a while and wanted to fill all of you in on the craziness that is currently my life. We were supposed to close on our house on March 29th. We were unaware that the house was a short sale when we went to see it and fell in love with it. We knew this was “the house” the minute we walked in. We all love it! Sadly, the process of buying it is driving us all insane! We were told that the loan would take a little extra time so hence the 45 day close instead of the normal 30. The 45 day mark came and went. There was an issue with the house not being in the owner’s name long enough and requiring an additional appraisal. The minute I found out about the issues and the fact that we were not likely to close on time I asked for an extension on our current lease. Unfortunately they had already rented our apartment.

In the blink of an eye we were homeless…well homeless might sound a bit extreme…but it’s pretty much true. We found a storage bin for all our stuff. My dad was gracious enough to allow us to stay in his spare bedroom and on his couch until we are able to close. It’s a very awkward situation. He is totally accepting of us staying with him for a week or two. In all honestly I don’t think he would care if we stayed forever. However, I mind. It feels like our entire lives have been turned upside down! We are a very scheduled and organized family. Our lives have been in chaos for a week now. The four of us living out of bags, dealing with allergies, trying to make the kids feel as normal as possible, and attempting not to lose our minds.

Everybody thinks of buying a house as one of the high points in life. It’s a dream that many of us have turned over in our minds so many times that we have shined it to near perfection. Our experience has been quite a slap in the face; shocking and a bit painful. When everything is done and we are in our new home I know that all the craziness will be worth it but it is still hard to cope with right now.

We re-contracted to be closed by April 15th. We are hoping to get it done before that. As of our last update we are looking to close on Tuesday (9th). There was an e-mail on Friday(5th) that said the underwriters would be done reviewing the paperwork in 36 hours. I am hoping to get a phone call with some great news soon. I’ll keep you updated as I am able.

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