I got a call today to do a closing scheduled for next Tuesday. The closing is up in the mountains. I call it 'Map & Compass Territory' because the roads usually don't have signs. And you won't find these locations using the locator tools. They just don't recognize the addresses.
They asked me what my fee for it would be. Right away I knew to add an additional 'mountain surcharge' since it can take a long time to drive on some of those roads. It was a lot more than they normally pay, so I got the usual "I'll have to get that approved." That's scheduler lingo for, 'Let me see if I can find someone else -- closer and cheaper.'
I never expected to hear back from them, and forgot all about it. Then a couple of hours later I got a call from them. "We got your fee approved." The closing isn't until next Tuesday, so it's hard to imagine that they gave up on trying to find someone else. But then again, maybe they weren't able to find someone else.
I received the confirmation, called the borrower to confirm the appointment, and to check my compass bearings. I also asked her about cell phone coverage. That's usually a problem up there. Sure enough, there is none once you get off the highway. But that's one of the reasons why these people live there: to get away from civilization. This is the kind of area where you have to be totally self-sufficient. If your car breaks down, you can't call AAA. And even if you could, they probably wouldn't come up there.
So anyway, I got my maps out, and I studied the terrain. It looks like I'll be able to find it. I'll also have my camera so that I can take pictures. She told me it's really beautiful up there. I'm sure it is. After my experience in Black Forest last week, I think I'll wear cargo pants and hiking boots to this closing.
And of course a tie. Must dress 'business casual'.