It took a while but here’s a follow up to a post from about three months ago (linked below).
Long story short is my wife an I offered in a house and ratified a contract. After home inspection we requested a price reduction via contract amendment based on issues that we found (sellers said flat out they wouldn’t fix anything) and we didn’t get a response. Sellers didn’t request a release from the original contract so we made the assumption that all would push forward with the original price.
When closing day came our title company reached out to the seller’s agent and he claimed that we never had a ratified contract in the first place. When my wife (also an agent) called him to discuss the issue he became belligerent and combative. I could hear him yelling at her through the phone that we didn’t have a contract and that we need to leave him alone. At that point we lawyered up.
Our lawyer placed a lis pendens on the title and reached out to the other agent for all paperwork that he had. We discovered that he never sent our price reduction request to the sellers and that they accepted and ratified another contract a week after ours was ratified.
I can see why they wanted the other deal as it was about $30k more that ours. I think the other agent was being shady, or was completely incompetent and actually believed he was in the right.
It took a lot of back and forth but we got them to agree close for the original price, pay our lawyers fees and pay their own closing costs (original contract had us paying all closing costs). We finally closed today.
Tldr; don’t give in just because someone yells. Contracts mean things.