I just got the call from the realtor a few minutes ago, and I officially own a house! Terrifying.
The inspection didn't turn up anything major. There are a couple of repairs we want that we asked the sellers to make, but they declined. They did offer us some some cash, though, to make the repairs ourselves. That was nice and, frankly, more than we were expecting given that they have other buyers that are willing to take the place as-is. I guess they just want to get the deal done as quickly as possible. All of our contingency periods have expired (except financing, I can still back out of the deal if my mortgage falls through), so we're definitely going to be purchasing this house.
Yesterday we received the title report with no defects and the committment for title insurance, so now it's mostly just waiting until the closing date and making sure my mortgage lender actually comes through with the financing (which I have no reason to believe they will have trouble doing).
Once things get a little closer, we'll start calling some contractors to get some work done before we move in.
Today was like just about any first day in the office. I'm sure I accomplished lots of things that needed to be done, but it never actually felt particularly productive. The morning was all HR presentations about benefits and codes of conduct and such, while in the afternoon I spent most of the time trying to sort out why I didn't exist according to some of the servers (turns out there's an automated sync process that was broken today). I did get a quick intro to the work, though, and it sounds nifty, from what I can tell from here.
Tomorrow, for the first time in eight months, I will go to work.
I hope I remember how.
I just made an offer on a house. It sounds like there are other people making offers, too, though, so I don't know if I will get it. Fingers crossed!
Today we went to check out 17 houses. Of them, several were pretty neat and hopefully we can get in to see the insides with our realtor tomorrow.
Also today we got our first "Is this house really in your price range?" from a seller's agent at an open house. Must've been the death metal shirt and combat boots.
Huzzah, we have arrived in Seattle! All of our belongings seem fine, even my gecko (who showed up chilled and sluggish from her ride in the cargo hold, but warmed back up ok) and my coffee tree (we'll see how that does in the gray Seattle weather). The corporate housing is ok.
Now we are househunting. There are a lot of houses. Fortunately, we can't afford most of them, so that narrows it down a bit.