I’m honestly not sure what I’m more excited about – the Red Sox breaking a five game losing streak in a dramatic, come-from-behind, walk-off win last night against the Texas Rangers, or the fact that we finally made an offer on a condo in San Francisco and it was accepted! We close this coming Tuesday. Yahoo!
The condo we ended
up buying was not the Mission Delores condo that I referenced in an earlier post...the
one that I specifically flew to San Francisco to see. That condo, despite being in the middle what
is properly called a liquefaction
zone, was also, as my wife and son advised me, in the middle of a very walkable
section of the city. A lot of neat and funky
shops, cafés, and restaurants. as well as the beautiful Delores Park, are, indeed, but a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the
My impression of the condo after seeing it this past Sunday, though, was not enthusiastic. It was okay, but not that special. A narrow, steep flight of stairs required scaling to get to the top floor unit of this four-unit condo. The garage was around the corner in a detached, four-car building. And while the condo had been nicely redone and modernized to an extent, even more redoing and modernizing would yet be required.
But the main reason we decided not to go for the Mission Delores condo was because, right before the real estate agent took us to see it, we stopped in at an open house in Lower Pacific Heights. We both love this very walkable neighborhood. We walked into a stunning, contemporary 3/2 flat in a two-unit, three-year old building. It was love at first sight and by the end of the day, before I boarded the redeye flight back to Boston, we decided to go for it, even though it would be a bit of a stretch, financially speaking.
We gave the sellers until 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) the next night to accept or reject our offer. Lo and behold, they accepted it and in less than a week we will officially own a piece of San Francisco.
I was concerned about how we were going to manage to get all of the requisite documents signed and initialed, given that I was already back east and my wife was still in San Francisco. I was dreading what I imagined would be a tedious, time-consuming process involving receiving and sending faxes, signing documents, scanning them, and e-mailing or faxing them back.
Much to my surprise and delight, our real estate agent leveraged a web-based tool called DocuSign. It was great. I would receive a notification in my e-mail that a document needed to be read and signed. Embedded within the e-mail was an icon, which upon left-clicking, opened up the DocuSign website with the specific document. Contained within it was a facsimile signature and initials that I validated, and when I clicked on “start,” I was directed to each page where my signature or initials were required. When I was done, I saved a PDF copy to my hard drive and the electronically signed documents were automagically e-mailed back to my agent. My wife used the same web tool from the apartment in San Francisco, so everything was handled easily and efficiently even though we are 3,000 miles apart. Very cool.
So we finally found a place in San Francisco, we used a really cool (and useful) web tool to affix electronic signatures to legal documents, and the now 5-9 Red Sox finally won a game. And to top it all off, my wife will be back home (to our east coast home, that is) in a week.
Life is good.