Sunday, May 26, 2013

Navigating the Maze

Our moving adventure has been a chaotic whirlwind and more than a bit of a suckin' nightmare. Our offer on a home just outside of Alpine was accepted, we met with the VP of a local Jackson bank to begin the loan process. We got an offer on our home in Chadron. And then the paper-filled bureaucratic nightmare began.....

Since we are not in Jackson (but the bank is), and we are not even both in the same location (I've been in Cody for a month, while my hubby remains in Chadron...but come the end of this week, I'll be back in Chadron and he'll be in Jackson/Alpine), we have had to do a lot of the loan work via computers and snail mail. The bank we are using is firmly ensconced in the early 20th century so they are not computer savvy at all, so that's been more than a little bit of a challenge. And with the tighter regulations on home loans, we've had to jump through more hoops to get a loan...I'm just waiting for the request for blood or a live sacrifice at this point.....

If everything goes according to plan between now and early June, we will officially close on the Alpine home on June 5 and that part of the nightmare will be over. Then it's just a matter of getting the Chadron home officially closed (which *should* happen by the last week of June) and getting our crap moved to Alpine.

Once we are finally, officially, in Alpine, I might be able to relax just a tiny bit....but we will have thousands of boxes to unpack, so I guess we won't be officially relaxing until fall.... ;)

Spending time in Wyoming now is reinforcing the rightness of our choice to move back to our home state. Yesterday we took a drive into the Beartooth Mountains, and there was a glorious hillside of Indian Paintbrush in bloom...made my heart happy.


A home buying/selling lesson for you, little ones:  Sell your current home well before you buy your next one....it'll save you a ton of hassle and nightmares, and a lot of lost sleep. And, should you find yourself in the middle of the maze, take a moment to stop and smell the flowers.....