We signed the final paper on our new house. The owner gave us permission to begin moving in things early, but today is the official take-over date. The final step of the real-estate purchase process it to meet the seller at the house and sign a document that says the house is clean and in good order, record the water and electric meter readings, and receive all the keys.
We did it! We got a house! There will be some work to do before moving our things in, but we have two months before we need to out of our rental house, so there is time.
Here's a picture of us on the balcony right after take-over. As you can tell from the pic, the autumn weather has been glorious and mild.