Monday, April 25, 2016

In which the house deal might fall apart because the buyers wanted the ductwork replaced, not repaired

Me


10:59AM
Primo
That's so cute!
Growing up in a house with that dog might cause one to not mind being licked by dogs.
I'm really cranky.
Tommy talked to the person at the title company and had one of the documents revised. Everything is fine on that front.
But I also heard from the realtor, and the buyers are threatening to walk away because we had the ductwork repaired instead of replaced. I'm going to have to offer them an additional allowance to get the sale to go through.
Me
oh good grief!
you solved the problem, right?
what a mess
I am sorry
this is way too much stress
Primo
I don't know. I want this done. I said they can have an additional $1000 allowance toward repairs, but only if they are willing to close this week.
Me
my fingers are crossed
Primo
The realtor said that the buyer's agent is "new to real estate" (her words). I think she got the buyers freaked out because rodents had been in the ductwork, which is apparently common on that island.
Me
I don't think ze rats are unique to your mom and dad's house
Primo
Now I'm waiting for the realtor's call, and I'm all wound up because we are negotiating again. I thought that was done six weeks ago!
And the numbers in the closing packet will change again.
He hasn't been able to talk to the buyer's agent yet.
Now everything is in limbo and I'm worried. I can't be productive in this kind of state.
Me
Oh no!
This is super stressful . I am sorry
2:31PM
Primo
I think the whole deal is falling through. The buyers are overly worried about the ductwork and are apparently insisting on having it replaced (or receiving an additional $3000 credit).
Both agents are to blame for this. There was an official repair request, but the realtor advised me not to sign it and to have repairs done (instead of replacing the ductwork). I never saw the document. And the buyers' agent is inexperienced; she hired an incompetent inspector who listed at least three things that were supposedly wrong but were not.
Me
What?
Oh no.
I am so sorry
Nobody is doing it right
Primo
I guess nobody can be trusted to do things right. The realtor works hard and I would have spent much more on sprucing up the house if I had chosen another agent, but he hasn't done everything right.
Now I'm afraid that I chose poorly and that I should have spent more time there to supervise everything.
Me
I am sorry
I don't know that this would have been prevented by choosing the other agent
Primo
No, but I have to second-guess myself.
Me
smile emoticon
You made the best decision you could with the information you had at the time
Primo
We may be rescuing the deal by throwing $3000 at the problem. Do you think that's the right thing to do? The cost of holding onto the house is over $1200/month.
Me
Yes.
I think it's the right thing to do
just to be done with this
I cannot bear the idea of starting over
it comes out to $700 a kid
Primo
For the second time today, I got an email from the buyers' agent before hearing from the realtor. I called him and he was on the way to the store to buy some groceries for his wife. I need to know whether this is going to happen or not.
Me
HE IS NOT DOING IT RIGHT
HE NEEDS TO BE ON THIS!
I mean, this is a big deal
and we have only a few days this week
he needs to be focusing on this!
Primo
He said that he had checked his email 10 minutes before I called him and then got in his car. (The email arrived 6 minutes before I called him.)
Me
OK
But - man. This is so stressful. I want him managing it from his end
As in, if you give them the $3K, is it done?
WIll they sign?
It's pretty important to know that
Primo
I think so, but the email from the buyers' agent was about needing access to the attic for estimates and holding $3000 in escrow until the work is done.
Me
WTF?
That is completely different from another $3K allowance
Primo
They are overly paranoid about the ductwork.
Me
Yeah
would they still sign?
Primo
They think there's something "icky" and that it all needs to be fresh and new.
Me
and you would just have money in escrow?
Primo
I don't know.
Me
but -
it's Florida
there are rats in Florida
Primo
I need to know what this boils down to, and I don't want to be waiting.
Me
yeah, I know
me, too
this is a big deal
Primo
I can't get anything done.
Me
I can see why
Primo
I haven't vacuumed.
Me
this is a huge wrench we did not anticipate
Primo
You'll be cranky if I don't do it.
Me
Vacuuming might help your stress smile emoticon
Primo
I am tired of this!
Me
I know!
It's not fair!
Primo
And there's still more stress coming from Ted and Ted'sWife.
Me
oh no!
they are not leaving you alone?
Primo
Nothing in particular. I just know that it will come.
Nothing new from them today.
Me
you don't deserve this
Primo
And then you're going to want me to start looking for a job soon.
It's probably not a good idea to run for office again anyway. I want to make [the incumbent's] life hard, but I don't think I could win. And I don't want a campaign job. I think Larson's field director left because he thought she wasn't working hard enough and she wasn't willing to do even more.

Me
I think there is a place somewhere for you in politics
Jeff asked me t his morning what I knew about Bernie Sanders
His wife had the debate turned on Saturday night
and he was overhearing as he was tearing tile out of the bathroom
He says he hates politics and usually doesn't vote
but that he really liked what Bernie had to say
Primo
The DNC and the corporate media don't want people to hear what he has to say. That's why he gets little press coverage and why the debate was on the Saturday night before Christmas.
Me
I told him you could tell him whatever he watned to know smile emoticon
Nope
I was telling him that stuff and he was shocked
SHOCKED
I would vote for Bernie instead of Trump
Primo
I heard from the realtor, but I am still waiting for another call to confirm that he will be there in the morning. (The buyers' agent has arranged for someone to do an estimate on the ductwork.)
Me
Oh good grief
This is so frustrating
Why did they wait until now to bring this up?
Primo
I don't know.
There should have been an explicit discussion about the "repair request" letter and why we weren't signing it, why we felt that repairing the ductwork rather than replacing all of it was sufficient, etc.
Both agents will be there with an estimator tomorrow morning.

I was on the phone with the realtor when you called.

2 comments:

  1. I'm sorry. I agree the best thing is just throw the 3K at it and be done. As if my opinion counts.

    No comment on the job thing except that Primo will figure out what the right thing is soon. He seems like a very nice man.

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  2. This, on top of everything else, is just brutal! I hope this mess is far behind you now!

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