Wow. What a ride. After many, many, many go arounds....waiting...negotiating....paying lawyers....we finally have a done deal. No turning back. Friday we sent in our down payment and signed papers...which wasn't quite as smooth as it should have been due to a last minute request on the sellers part. We realized last night it was so anticlimactic when we finally got it done because of all of the highs and lows, waiting, frustration, etc. That and we were literally half way out the door for a birthday party weekend w/ 40 of our closest friends :) Last night we finally toasted it and let it sink in a little. Which was closely followed by the realization that we have a million things to do before taking over on August 1. But we'll get there and I'm sure it will have been worth the pain and the wait.
So yeah, August 1 is the date! Of course that's a Monday so it will be more like August 5-6 that we'll "open". Not sure what we'll have in place other than the boutique. We'll have to figure that out in the next 6 weeks as if the past is any indication, things will continue to change/evolve by the week.
Still no offers on the house but things have picked up a bit showing-wise. After having the showings slow down to about one every other week, just this week we've had 3. Yesterday we had a couple come to see the house by boat; that was a first. We plan to hire a realtor in the next week or two to hopefully get this done asap.