Mark your calendars: June 1, 2011 was the day they took our (large!) check and gave us the (theoretical) keys to our very own bungalow. I say theoretical, because the keys are still technically in the lockbox on the door, but hey, we put our downpayment down, signed a mess of papers, and are have started our homeowners' insurance, so for all intents and purposes, it's a go!
Sure, it took four closing dates and a lot of leeway from sellers looking to unload quickly, but about 100 days after we first saw the place, it's ours! Now to talk to the General Contractor (Rory) and see about historical requirements.