Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Some of you might know that we're in Pensacola Florida right now, house/dog sitting for friends - while they're in Italy! We're having a great time, especially seeing the Blue Angels practicing and performing numerous time, but still I'm anxious to get back to Louisville so I can unpack and organize our new home!

When we first accepted our friend's offer we had no ideas that we would find a house so fast!!! It seemed to take FOREVER to close - lots more hoops to jump through, even when you have a great credit score and a substantial down payment. Much like Italy, and much to our surprise, we had to show where the money for our down payment came from! Luckily someone else had recently sold a house in Israel and they were allowed to use exactly the same documents we wanted to use - our compromesso - which listed our names, the name of our buyer, the address of the house in Italy and the agreed upon price. We could then show that the large transfer of money into our account was from the sale, not a loan or money borrowed for the down payment.

The fact that our new home was a condo meant an extra few days while the bankers checked out stuff relating to our condo - the type of blanket insurance and financial standing of the community- and this part took forever! As luck would have it our condo association was changing management companies and the documents the bank needed to see were being transferred from one system to the other - grrrrr. Wait, wait, wait. Finally we closed at the end of May! Hurrah! I could now call my swarm of workers - the plumber, electrician, flooring guy, painter, drywall man and all the delivery people for the washer, dryer, stove, frig, and water softener. Oh and then I could order the couch and love seat and arrange for their delivery. And buy new light fixtures to replace the outdated ones in the kitchen and dining room.

The day after we left for Florida the painter put the finishing touches on and it was DONE! Yes, the replacement windows will be installed in August, but that change will be less obvious. The new granite counter top in the kitchen should make a HUGE difference, but I can't have it installed until the first week in August = aaaauuuggghhhhh!

I'm trying very hard to enjoy my stay in Florida, but I'd really rather be back in Louisville turning our house into our home.

3 Comments :

At 7/14/2010 08:58:00 PM , Blogger Lee Laurino said...

I was so excited to see your post.
you will never remebmer me, but you kindly answered my questions about your home for sale in italy.
now you are back.
actually i told someone about the house and they were very interested but too late.

i have since started my blog to promote italian americans going home to italy. once you are settled would you be willing to "be interviewed for my blog"? o

i can thin of a great post based on your experience!!!! please say yes!!!!

lee laurino
hometoitaly.blogger.com
em leelaurino@earthlink.net

 
At 7/15/2010 01:14:00 AM , Blogger Gil said...

I hope that the British Polluters haven't hurt the supply of Pensacola oysters and that you are eating enough of them to get your mind off of remodeling! I remember eating those delicious oysters by the dozens.

 
At 7/20/2010 11:08:00 AM , Anonymous Jane Parker said...

Barbara, it is good to be following you again in your new adventures. Your new place sounds very nice--just as was you Italy home which I can still mind-picture. Oh--when are you going to Itay--October, is it?

 

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