A whole lot of fumbling.
Asking people to explain things to you just one more time.
Staying on top of your attorney, their attorney, your mortgage broker, their mortgage broker, your contractor, the appraiser, the HUD inspector, the agent, the agent’s assistant.
Calculating closing costs.
Saving up for a down payment.
Sometimes having to do it yourself anyway.
Writing pleading emails.
Writing angry emails.
Calling three different people in one day hoping to get an answer you want to hear.
Finding the perfect doorknob for the front door.
Fantasizing over installing a marble toilet.
Imagining what theme the kitchen is going to be.
Getting the phone call that the short sale has been approved.
Waiting for the closing day to come so it can finally be yours.