Well, our current house is back on the market again.
We’re rather pissed off to say the least.
Bill had a meeting with the guy we were under contract with on Wednesday and he was unable to give us a firm answer as to when we would be able to close with him. Apparently our lot is now split, it’s in the county system, we have the paperwork to prove it, and so according to what we were told when we extended the contract we should have been able to continue with the closing. But he then changed the goalposts and said he wouldn’t close until the demolition permit and building permits were approved, and then wouldn’t commit to anything after that either.
The demolition permit was obtained and then he hit a problem with the county moratorium regarding the building permits (something to do with a single owner not being allowed to build two contiguous houses) and came up with a crackpot idea to get around it by expecting Bill to somehow get make a sales transaction to so that the lots are owned by two different people and for us to then apply for the building permits ourselves. No idea how he thought our mortgage company would approve of that, especially as we have a house sitting splat bang across the two lots. Anyhow, we were going nowhere. With no closing in sight, coupled with silly suggestions like that, he is in default and we have had to relist the house.
Of course, the good news is that this guy has already saved any other prospective buyers a lot of footwork and cash by getting the double lot split and approved already. Also, from what I understand the county limited building stipulation is part of the thirty day moratorium and I think that expires when the moratorium does. I was also under the impression that the thirty days would expire after our Tampa closing, but I just found a reference to it on the web which suggests that it should end on 23rd August and that source hints that maybe the county won’t extend it after that. (*fingers tightly crossed til they go white*)
We’d been back up for sale for an evening when we got notified we had had another offer placed on the house. Sadly, not one to get excited by or take too seriously as it was twenty grand under our asking price (we’re anxious, but not willing to be taken advantage of) and although we were planning to counter offer we never got around to it as the buyer had backed out again by the morning.
Oh I am so infuriated with DeKalb county and our bad luck by getting caught up in the middle of their shit.
Fingers and toes crossed that something works out for us please!
Meanwhile, Bill has been in Tampa on business for the past couple of days and managed to arrange the final walkthrough before closing of our future home *touch wood* in Tampa while he was down there. He reports back that it’s looking really good and is very excited about moving there. Yay house!