It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally almost a real live homeowner! We had the house inspection this morning, which was the last major potential roadblock -- I was very concerned that there would be something seriously wrong with the house, since it's been on the market for a long time. But fortunately, after a very thorough inspection, we got what my realtor described as one of the cleanest inspection reports he'd ever seen. Nothing at all serious to speak of, just a few very minor cosmetic cracks, and a minor leak in the jacuzzi.
So now I'm just waiting for the loan docs to be processed, and I should be good to go. There's a good chance that I'll close by Friday, otherwise it should be next week.
And then I too can participate in the expense -- er, JOY that is home ownership. ;-)
For those who are interested, I've posted a page of photos that I took during the inspection.