Home, For Now
I am happy to report that the issue we were concerned about with the house has been pronounced "cosmetic" from our contractor and that my dad did a drive-by and declared the house "straight". With those final endorsements, we are going ahead with the deal. We are hoping in less than 2 months that it will be ours. The only things left to worry about are saving our money, getting the bank underwriters to love us and to make sure the house appraises for at least as much as we are paying for it. Until then, we will reside in our nuthouse building filled with creative, loudypants.