( Have We got our hands on a copy of the appraisal. Finally.
It was not as magnificent as we had hoped (because this is life) but it was good enough for the bank to work with, so... thank the Merciful Heavens that part's over.
The legal search, to make sure the deed is clear and all the past sellers have paid all their taxes on the building, is supposed to be underway now. That's the next step/hurdle and we will be one step closer to ownership. One of the agents in the office told us a horror story about how, in the span of his career, once upon a time, the legal work/search unearthed several, several thousand dollars worth of back taxes somewhere along the history of a building. Not this building! Just a building.
(eta: I have updated this part three times, because each time it seemed to imply that I was talking about current sellers or the current building. That's just not the case. tldr: The legal work is more or less a formality, although a realtor did tell us he's aware of one situation where some taxes were owed. There. Mercy! )
It's getting reallly real, y'all.
In the past week or two, we've made contact with some incredible people:
State Beauty Supply in Paducah, Kentucky? Wow, Kathryn. That's all I can say. If every person ran a business the way she did/does, there would be zero complaints. I mean, stellar customer service!
Danielle, from Frontier Coop, called me today to discuss the account I applied for last week. In an aside, for a $10 buy-in, anyone can be a member and it comes with advantages so you get a link to click. However, if you see something you like, please let me know; we can order, or we can stock. We plan to carry Aura Cacia brand. It is truly lovely, and less expensive than some of the other brands which makes it great for starting out. The Tranquility blend and the Heart Song blend are in my top recommendations of all time. (I also happen to be a YL member, so that brand is also easily sourced if there is interest.)
Okay, back to the bones and other structures of the forearm and hand. Have I mentioned the Trail Guide is killing me?