I love roller coasters. The bigger & faster the better! Inverted coasters where my feet hang out and the cars run on the track over my head are my favorite – but I’ll take what I can get!
But the roller coaster of life? That one’s been a bitch this last week, and I’m in need of a kiddie ride at the moment. The annual fair each September in my hometown always had these cool kiddie rides when I was a kid – that sounds good right about now.
I had mentioned back in June that our house is for sale – and thankfully we have a buyer and all of that cleaning has slowed just a bit. We are up for taking back-up offers if anyone wants to come take a look and put in a bid – so it still has to be somewhat clean. But the whole routine has eased just a bit now that we have a buyer. The Saturday of Labor Day weekend he made an offer, there were a couple of counter offers and by Sunday we had a deal.
That Monday paperwork was signed, and we also started negotiating for the house we want to buy – and by Tuesday we had worked out that deal and signed the paperwork!
We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend with lots of fun family stuff all weekend, and we had a buyer for our house, and we found a house we loved and we were all set to buy it. LIFE WAS GRAND!!
And then the ax fell. The other shoe dropped. The bomb was dropped.
The deal for our house is still on – the home inspection is this week and there seems to be no issues with this side of things (and hopefully nothing changes that with the home inspection!)
However – we have no house to buy at the moment.
The realtor selling the house we wanted to buy was actually the homeowner of that house. Well, not technically – his wife is sole owner, so he was acting as her agent. And also acting as a liar and unethical realtor. Within 3 hours of the deal being ironed out he called to say they decided to stay in the house and not sell.
Say what?? You have got to be kidding me!! You can’t do that – we have a legal contract! Yes – here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we were in a legally binding contract. But not according to him, I guess. In MA, once the Offer to Purchase is signed the deal is done. There is still the more formal Purchase & Sale agreement to be drafted and signed, but since the OTP clearly states all the conditions of the deal (which house, price, closing date, and conditions such as a home inspections) it was ruled in a court case in 1999 that the OTP in fact constitutes a a binding and enforceable contract.
However, it would take $10-15K and 6-9 months for us to push the issue and make him sell us this house says our attorney – the law IS on our side. But of course we don’t have that kind of money or time. Which of course he probably knows, and therefore knows he can get away with being an ass.
In the meantime we have every intent to pursue reporting this very unprofessional, unethical, and illegal behavior to Massachusetts realty boards, his employer (realty office), and anyone else who will listen.
We have found another house since then, and placed an offer last night. So today I’ve walked around the house with phone in hand waiting to hear from our realtor to see what the seller does. Waiting is not my forté, and it’s killing me.
So – super happy weekend and we sold our house. And we signed to buy a house. Then the rug was pulled out from under us. Then I spent a few days being mad as hell. Then I took the Laughing Dad to see a house over the weekend that I had already seen. And now we wait for an offer.
Real life roller coaster hell. Or at least for me it is.
In the meantime I know that we will be moving somewhere and leaving behind our old washer & dryer (the ones that were here when we bought the house 10 years ago!). So I have consoled myself with washer and dryer research and have a lovely front-load set all picked out once I know this ride is back on track and I’m yelling “wwwwweeeeeeeeee” at the top of my lungs!