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Well, we've not only closed on our new home, but we've sold our old one as well. We moved into our new place on June 17th, and we sold our old house one week ago. Thankfully, both transactions went relatively smoothly. The mortgage for our new house did end up delaying closing by a couple of days, thanks to Chase, who was the underwriter for the loan. Our mortgage broker smoothed things out as much as possible, but Chase was pretty terrible. They denied our initial request to rush the process, saying that they would have things done in time. Wrong! Instead, they came back asking for additional documentation, and we couldn't meet our original loan deadline. Thankfully the sellers were willing to delay things a couple of days.

Just before we closed on the new place, Felix started crawling. Within a couple of days, he was off to the races! He loved his newfound mobility.

After we had keys to the new house, we dove straight into moving. The two places weren't very far apart, so we moved everything ourselves. My brother helped us with the big stuff, and even stayed with us for a few days so we could get things done quicker. The only two pieces of furniture that turned out to be painful to move were my big heavy computer desk, and a couch that apparently wasn't made to go through doors. We had to take the old house's front door off its hinges in order to get it out, and we had to stand it on end to get it in the new house. The only thing we hired out was Nhu's piano; the movers made it look incredibly easy.

We ended up listing our old house for sale right after the 4th of July. We accepted an offer roughly a week later. Houses certainly are moving fast! We ended up only needing to do a few minor repairs on the house to sell it, and the sale process went so quickly that we didn't even need to make double mortgage payments. We couldn't have asked for much more than that.

Since then, I've been working on getting settled in at the new house. My first task was to wire the house for ethernet and get my home server set up. This turned out to be easier than expected, as they already had the lines run mostly everywhere, just capped with phone ports instead of ethernet ports. I just needed to swap out the ends. I did end up needing to run one line to the media center downstairs, but that was fairly easy with the crawl space below. With the house wired, I then set up a new Intel NUC as the home server, along with a NAS for storage. I also did the same setup for my dad for Father's Day, as he liked my media center setup and wanted one of his own.

My current task is running cable to support some IP video surveillance cameras, which is now nearly complete. Once I'm done, my next task is going to be decorating the house. Then we should be settled in!

Meanwhile, Felix is now pulling himself up on anything and everything. He's been walking everywhere while holding on to someone, and he's very close to being able to walk on his own. I can hardly wait!

Posted by nick.steinbaugh at 9:51 AM

Nhu and I have been looking at homes for the past few months. At first we started out looking at new build options, but there really isn't much in the northwest Denver metro area. There are basically only two communities being built at the moment: one at McKay, and one all the way up at Anthem. We did find a floor plan we liked in Anthem, but we decided it was too far north. We also found a floor plan we liked at McKay, but we decided it was too expensive.

So, we started looking at resale homes. We found one a few weeks ago that we liked enough to make an offer for, and we made it under contract. However, after finding foundation issues, we had to cancel the contract. So we kept looking. Well, this last weekend, we found a home that we really liked, we made an offer on Sunday night, and it was accepted Monday morning. So, it looks like we'll be moving soon! We're scheduled to close in the middle of June. Nhu and I are very excited. The house is a ranch with a walkout basement, a three car garage, and it backs up to the Broadlands golf course. The view is really great, and the house looks like it's never even been lived in.

Time to start packing!

Posted by nick.steinbaugh at 10:17 PM
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