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It's true- the condo is technically a rental from the builders until around December; and the house sale became final as of today.

We've been ready for the house to sell for 4 months- and since it got repainted in beiges last month, it hasn't even felt to me like the home we had lived in for eleven years. It's a good time to move on.

The sale was supposed to become final next Wednesdy, except last Thursday our realtor emailed to say the buyers have requested closing a week early.

...Um, OK maybe, because this was 4:30pm, and [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball was to leave in 90 minutes for Slovenia.

Our lawyer indicated the change was likely possible, so we prepped a few things in lieu of d. being present at the paperwork-signing before we popped off to the airport. On Friday I spent a few hours finding documents the lawyer needed such as the survey, deed from our purchase and so on; and signing the revised papers with our agent. (And I will note that I'm quite pleased that our city has a single-phonecall service to handle starting/closing accounts with all of the municipally owned water and gas utilities, tax rolls, and rental hot-water heater. That call plus one to the power company was sum total of required calls to change the closing date).

In the evening I went to clean out the shed and attic, which the buyers had realized still had junk in them. Junk that mostly belonged to the prior owners. Ugh.

Part of this story is that a few weeks ago I had decided I was going to treat this weekend as a personal retreat- centered around a massage on Saturday. So I had a fair bit of grumpiness about upending the retreat in favour of mortgage paperwork and cleaning out junk I didn't realize we had to deal with. Friday after work, I went to the house and began hauling junk- meditatively. Believe it or not, it worked- I wasn't grumpy at the buyers, or us for not cleaning it previously, or the previous owners; the retreat now just had a physical labour component.

Would you believe that worked? I scarcely did. It kept me going till 9pm, at least, which is when I finished the worst of it, leaving the rest to handle on trash night.

And lest you think [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball was merely lounging around in Slovenian castles, by 4pm he had electronically signed and emailed back the legal documents fulfilling his part of the paperwork, which meant I just had to go into the lawyer's office Monday morning with some paperwork, and everything would be finished, save accepting a scary big sum into our bank account, which is now shifted over to a 1.8% savings account.

I'm still a bit impressed that it all came together.

And now my keychain is one key lighter, and we no longer own a lawn-mower.

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillibet.livejournal.com

And how wonderful that you were able to re-frame an unenviable task so positively!

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks! ...To me it feels hokey to rely on "mindset is everything" but hopefully I can tone down the self-ridicule when I need it to work. ;)

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawn-guy.livejournal.com
Before enlightenment, chop wood.
After enlightenment, chop wood.
During enlightenment, clear the shed.

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
*grin* That's sort of catchy. I'll try and remember it.

ps- I just realized I never mentioned that the shed did indeed contain a woodpile. You're pspsychicic!

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melted-snowball.livejournal.com
...and not even be pissed off at the fact that I'm 6000 km away. :-)

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ditto to what lillibet says! Amazing that it all got done so efficiently - And the money in a 1.8% savings account which is double what would be available in the states!

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks...And as somebody pointed out yesterday, it's not so long ago that we would scoff at 1.8% as a high interest rate!...

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/merle_/
I was awed at your 1.8% interest rate. My "savings" account gets a whopping 0.1% interest. May as well be stuffing my mattress instead since anything below the inflation rate is worthless.

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfwitted.livejournal.com

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
*raises a glass of something blended in your general direction*

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)

My house came with a weird assortment of stuff from various old owners that I'm slowly getting rid of.

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Good luck, whomever local anonymous you are! ;)

Date: Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beartalon.livejournal.com
This is wonderful news, except for Dan being so far away! I'm glad it went to smoothly and Dan was able to do his portion electronically.

I am also envious of that 1.8% interest rate. I may put some away in that direction too. My bank offers nothing like that unless you absolutely will never touch the money for at least five years without being refused portions of the interest and slammed with fees.

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks! And hey, d's coming back today, so that's not even so bad.

https://www.myctfs.com/ - no minimum balance, it was fairly easy to set up, and it's linked for transfer to/from your regular bank via that website.

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mynatt.livejournal.com
oh god, beige. i wouldn't want to go back either.

and congratulations!

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melted-snowball.livejournal.com
Not even beige. More like greyish white. I found it stark.

But the real moment for me was when the painter wanted to paint our fireplace. We didn't let her, but still. Sure, tell me you want to ruin one of my favourite parts of the whole house. Yeah.

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bats22.livejournal.com
Congratulations, guys!

Date: Friday, 14 September 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com

And the same back at you on your move-in-progress! Yay!

*raises a glass of something cheery in Bats' general direction*

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