The lawyer finally got the papers together and while there are some surprises (which is why I wanted the papers to review in advance of closing) I do not think any will be deal-killers. We may have to re-write parts, at the worst. Today we will be heading off again to town hall, and maybe the county as well, addressing these issues.
It is a matter of there being covenants on the property and how they are worded. Nothing crazy, no HOA (that WOULD be a deal killer) but enough about that.
The terms are great, 20 yrs at an appropriate (not ripoff) interest... which makes the monthly payments less than here.
I am confident enough that this will indeed move forward -- at this point -- that I have arranged moving crew for Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday as well.
One of the things on the list today is to touch base with a relatively nearby Uhaul outlet, to see about last-minute rental of a small truck, should the weather prove inhospitable to the transport of upholstered furniture and mattresses in an open truck or trailer.
Time Warner has been notified, though with their typical schedule here in Maine, we will not get installation until Thurs afternoon of next week, which will put me into the realm of doing my daily Words of Wisdom updates by laptop either from the trailer park in Milo (when we come back to clean) or by catching WiFi from the library in Bangor on the way to work. Shades of a year ago, late September.
What a long, strange 11 months it has been... and how wonderfully the Gods have worked it all out in ways I could not have foreseen when I stood on the bridge overlooking the Kenduskeag creek last September, "on my way out of town" and threw my "wish" written on a piece of birch bark into the moving current.
- K getting his disability and being able to join me
- my getting laid off when my part-time job folded with the owners' retirement
- finding -- and then walking away from -- an old home on 2 acres (which is still for sale, by the way, here in Milo) the day we got the truck to start loading to move
- finding "temporary" housing that we expected to inhabit for a month or two
- finding many wonderful, affordable properties that did not have well, septic, power or connectivity
- finding that we could not get a mortgage until next year
- finding that most "owner finance" was of raw land, under ripoff terms even here in Maine.
- getting "oh, so close" to several pieces of property... and having to walk away because it did not have even the possibility of high speed Internet
- getting "oh, so close" to another place and finding out that the investor/owner was asking way more than it was worth
- having folks respond to our ad in Uncle Henry's with property that did not meet the stated criteria (too far away from Bangor, house on small town lot, no Internet) or that were WAY over our (unstated) budget
- getting hired on part time in July with an outfit where I interviewed in April, who became my first Maine web client (and best salesman to boot)
- and finally having one of those callers call back inquiring what our budget was, as she had lowered her (highly optimistic) price into the realm of possible..
What a long, strange trip it's been.