The process of selling the house in NYS is moving along fairly well. The closing date is tentatively March 29th. But as we have learned, and we have learned a lot recently, nothing is set in stone. We have a few things to do/repair as a result of the inspection. It is not surprising that we have to spend some money to sell this place, it being an old house and all that. We just want it all to work out and be done with it. We want to move.
We will not be leaving NYS on March 7th after all. In fact, we probably will not move until towards the end of the month. We
are still having problems closing on the Florida house. That house, like so many Florida houses,
foreclosure and is being sold by Fannie Mae - a notoriously difficult
proposition. Apparently (and unbeknownst to us until recently) the
original owners had offered to give Fannie Mae a "deed in lieu,"
which essentially turns the house over without having to go through the
expense and ordeal
Well, Fannie Mae either did not actually get that deed in lieu
or cannot find it. It is not clear which. As the February
21st closing date approached they became aware that they did not have it
and so could not meet that
deadline. They asked for a week's extension to Feb 28th, which we signed off on, even though we had driven down to Florida for the Feb 21st closing. On Feb
28th they still had not received it so they then asked for a
new extension pushing the closing to March 28th. Silly us thought it was a "request." We gave them a March
20th extension thinking it would keep the pressure on them to find the damn paperwork. Then we rescheduled our movers. Yesterday we got notification from Fannie Mae (via our FL realtor) that
they were not messing around on the March 28th date and if we did not sign
a new agreement pushing the closing date to March 28th they would
cancel the contract and we would be without a house. As you can imagine we complied. Lesson learned.
Fannie Mae is in now charge of our lives. Good to know.
Currently the tentative closing is March 28th. Of course this is cutting it kind of close and we are hoping we do not have to reschedule the
movers a third time. Fannie Mae could still get that deed in lieu any day
and the closing then could happen ASAP. One never knows what will happen next and occasionally something good happens. It is (not so) simple math. Probability or something like that. After all this trauma with buying and selling, when something good does happens it always feels so gloriously good. Like Christmas. Like the Cavalry arriving. Like Mighty Mouse swooping down from the sky ("Here he comes to save the DAYYYYY!").
We "took the weekend off" by going into deep denial mode, a mental vacation of sorts. It helped. Feeling a bit better today. Almost time for a repair man to arrive. Gotta go.