Hello all… just wanted to seek advice on an unusual situation if you don’t mind.
My parents live in Southern California and they just retired with plan to move to Virginia to be close to my brother. They put the house on the market in June working with a real estate agent (let’s call her Mary, not her real name) recommended by a friend.
The house has been sitting on the market for the 4 months or so with a few interested parties and eventually an offer came in 5-6 weeks ago. The offer was good and parents were willing to accept it but the buyers couldn’t get their house sold so far.
Meanwhile, just after the offer came in, Mary started going MIA. She would promptly return text messages or phone calls before but 5-6 weeks or so ago, she just disappeared. My dad finally got a hold of her 4 weeks ago, and it turned out Mary’s husband suddenly passed away unexpectedly from an aneurysm. My parents were also shocked as they took a liking to their younger couple (the husband came with Mary to check on the house when it was about to go on the market).
My parents have given her space and time to grief and mourn. Meanwhile, the house has been sitting on the market for 4-5 months now and we are thinking we should delist it and then relist later. However, my dad has been trying to contact Mary for the last week or so, but she has been unresponsive.
We are definitely empathetic and are willing to let her have some more time to cope with her loss and the tragedy. The question is how much time should we give her to return back to functionality? And what if she never really recovers in time even when the offers come in? I think the contract runs out in 3 months or so.
It’s a tough situation and this house is a substantial part of my parents’ net worth, so we would like to ensure they get a fair deal on selling this house. All advice really appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read. 🙏
TLDR; Parents’ seller agent’s husband suddenly passed away and she has been MIA for a month or so. What to do?