Quick backstory: we offered to buy a neighbor’s home in Southern California because they’ve mentioned they’ll need to sell soon. They gave us a range, we came in on the lower end and they went dark. A month later they came back and said top end of range and we’ll sell. We wrote a new offer. They countered with a long escrow and a leaseback. We said no, but we’ll consider a long escrow. They wrote a new counter and we signed and opened escrow with extended contingency periods.
We completed inspections. There were a few obviously deliberate omissions on their disclosures. The fun begins. We ask for access with our contractor to get bids on the work that needs to be done. Darkness. Agent finally comes back and says seller won’t allow access and wants to cancel the sale. Told our agent that basically they’re going to make it as difficult as possible for us. Suspicion is seller has been told they can get more for their home.
As I see it, our option is push forward and remove contingencies. Contractor said he could do a rough bid with inspection reports and videos/pics which we have.
The big fear I have is closing is in 4 months. Feels like they could trash the place, not allow a final walkthrough and we’d basically be walking in blind.
On one hand I want to say screw it and get out but on the other this home is in our price range and in the perfect neighborhood for our family. Our offer is fair, and it may be the only opportunity we have to buy in this area.
I should say seller agent is as frustrated as we are, or at least is acting that way.