Yes, that’s right, we are on house #5.
I’ve been told our experience is atypical at best, but this is getting ridiculous.
We really thought #3 was a done deal, as I mentioned previously. The sellers, however, seemed to think they were doing us some sort of huge favor by selling us the house at $6000 under list and refused to make any repairs. This was after we realized the house had no blinds (that’s probably $1000 just to get blinds in). They finally agreed to fix the broken windows and sliding glass door (at a cost of $450) if we would let them pay $500 less in closing costs. They also refused to do mold remediation until they found out the house was under warranty from remediation done by the bank (the sellers bought a foreclosure). That left us paying them $50 more for a house with no blinds and broken screens. Oh, and the deck wasn’t up to code, so we’d probably need to replace it eventually. And the fence turned out to be less Delilah proof than we’d originally thought.
The best part was we gave them a week to respond to the repairs request and they responded at the last minute with their answer. I was totally blown away considering she’s a realtor and he’s a contractor. They decided their house was worth more than we were paying even though the market dictates that it’s worth what someone will pay.
Whatever, I’m honestly just relived to be free even if we did already pay for the home inspection and the appraisal (oh yeah, crazy sellers also tried to get the appraisal behind our backs. And no, I won’t release it to her unless she pays me the $300 I had to pay for it). Anyways, that house was in a little town we will call Nanty Glo (not the real name).
House #2 which I desperately wanted was in Rhode Island (again, not the name). House #2 fell through when the people demanded more money in a short sale. I am not paying your bank an extra $5000 because you have pride issues. Freaks. Anyways, I really prefer Rhode Island to Nanty Glo because it’s closer to the zoo, my running group, and has better highway access. Also, there are hotels in town, rather than going 20 minutes away. Husband didn’t care one way or the other, but he agrees that I will be much happier in Rhode Island.
House #4 (in Nanty Glo) was an offer we made on Friday, but the people can’t actually afford to sell the house. It needs a little bit of sprucing up (the carpets are filthy) and the next door neighbor has four dachsunds with a doggy door. Anytime we stepped in to the backyard, the dogs came flying out going crazy. I think this would have led to me wanting to kill someone, but the price seemed right so we made the offer. I’m also kind of glad this one fell through. The people can’t afford to sell the house so they want us to pay $5000-9000 more than I think the house is worth. And we’d really be paying our own closing costs. Pass.
Anyways, we put in an offer on house #5 (yes, 5) yesterday. It’s in Rhode Island and is gorgeous. It’s immaculately kept and all it needs is a fence. I found one cracked window on the walk through, but I think that can easily be negotiated during the inspection. We came to terms with the sellers on purchase price, so hopefully this is it. We just have to get through the inspection and repairs. Hopefully these sellers are less absurd.
This one better work out, because I’m pretty much over this. And we’ve run out of options. And we need to move in early March.
Oh yeah, and checking out houses with bronchitis is awful. I cough every time I take a step, so stairs are killer. I get a little better every day, but the feeling of not being able to catch your breath is slightly terrifying. I basically haul myself out to these showings and then spend the rest of my time in bed. Friday I had to go to urgent care for a breathing treatment and then go straight to look at house #4 and another house we didn’t bother to put an offer on.
So after all that, I’m gonna go to bed early. It’s been an exhausting few weeks and I’ve still got plenty of dissertation to write (I’m already on page 44!).
Anyone got a great house buying or selling horror story to share?