It's even harder to believe that as of today, it is now our home. As in, belonging to us. As in, we're homeowners! So, while we still have another month and a half in the bay area, we officially have an Arizona address (and are landlords, too, since this home has officially switched into a rental property for us).
Reflecting back on the experience? It was much easier than I imagined it would be. A lot of that has to do with entering an inexpensive market (compared to the bay area) with savings put away with the idea that we'd be entering a much more expensive market. There was also a decent amount of inventory in our price range and, though the price was low by our standards, it was still on the high side of midrange out in Phoenix, so there was less competition. Add in a very helpful real estate agent who had a strong connection to a creative and effective loan officer, and you have a prefect mix for a great experience. And, of course, having an amazing, easy to work with husband helps too :)
While we got, "congrats" phone calls from both the loan officer and our real estate agent, it feels like there should be something more, like some kind of certificate that says, "Congratulations, you've completed the home buying experience!" Ed said that that's what the house keys are.
Until then, we'll drink champagne and celebrate being one step closer to our move :).