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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

'Twas not to be

This should have been my great room.

Sad news to report. The house I liked so much is not to be ours. I thought this was going to be one of the easier parts of the chaos that has been my life for the past few months.

This was the second house I saw with my realtor and it really rang my bells. It has been on the market for almost six months with no offers, and we were told the seller has three mortgages and is about to go under. Thursday, the seller's realtor gave us a ballpark range of figures that Mr. On-The-Brink would consider and we made an appropriate offer.

Over the weekend, Mr. OTB changed his mind and decided we should not only pay the full asking price but cover closing costs as well. Um, yeah no. The house requires a minimum of $75K of remodeling and we would need every penny we have to make that happen.

I'm heartbroken to let the house go, but this whole futile exercise just tells me the house I'm meant to have is still out there.

18 comments:

nkp said...

It is, really, it is and you shall find it and live happily ever after. And that ain't no fairy tale.

And Boo on Mr. OTB. But I'll bet you anything, you'll be hearing from him again.

Creepy said...

sorry twas not to be...

can't wait to see what finds you next...

only a movie said...

Sorry about the roller-coaster. I am confident that you will find your house soon.
xxoo

Alison said...

You have a great attitude about this! And yeah, I'm with nkp. This may not be the last you hear from him.

David said...

I'm thinking the same thing as everyone else...you may not be done with this one yet.

That said, if this isn't your house, it's just one more out of the way before your house shows itself.

Soldier on Raina. I'm sending thoughts of remorse and regret to Mr. OTB.

Sol Kawage said...

Raina, today I was hearing a program on BBC4 about a book encrusted with gold and precious stones that was on sale in 1911 (?) for 1000 pounds and a guy offered 900, the seller said no. Make a long story short, the seller couldn't sell, put it up for auction, and the guy that had offered 900 took it home for 450.

On a different note, there are awesome houses out there, you'll find yours.

Eden Rose said...

Oh honey, sorry to hear about your home drama's. If it's meant to be... it's meant to be. Buying a property is the most stressful time of any persons life, i almost had a breakdown last time! if i were to move again i would be a lot calmer and phylisophical (sp?)about the whole thing, a la you. X

karly / design-crisis.com said...

This same thing happened to Matt and I when we were shopping for houses. We found a house we loved that had been sitting for months, the seller wouldn't budge. We submitted 2 or 3 offers before finally giving up and continuing our search. I was so disappointed at the time but now I know it wasn't meant to be. Not only do I LOVE the house we found, I love it MORE than house #1. It's bigger, the location is better and it's just nicer all around.

I know this doesn't really help, and I am so so bummed for you, maybe you can take one last visit and peel some metalic wallpaper for the lovely new home I'm sure you'll find

Pam Kersting said...

Raina-- There's an even BETTER one out there girl with YOUR name on it! It will all work out for the best!

lucitebox said...

Maybe this is the last thing you want to hear, but I think these things happen for a reason. And I like your line of reasoning--the house you're meant to have is out there waiting for you.

In any case, it still sucks. Mr. OTB is also known as Mr. DAT (dumb ass twit), right?

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

You know it will work out in your favor - have the faith!

Robin said...

It would be only too sweet if you got to buy the house at foreclosure for a fraction of the original asking price.

Or if you just found something better and got to drive by this house with your tongue sticking out.

griffo68 said...

Chin up old girl and onward and upward....your dream home just hasn't found you yet but it's out there desperately searching you out and looking forward to your deliciousness being lavished upon it.

We had such a traumatic time when we bought our flat! The seller was a complete and utter **** and you would have thought that he would be pleased that someone was interested in even thinking of buying it considering it needed completely ripping apart, it was filthy and that it had been on the market for about 12 months!
We had actually booked to go on holiday to San Francisco so we didn't just pack our suitcases....we packed up a whole house and the move was done while we were away. The day before our flight we got the dreaded phonecall that the buyer of our house may pull out and my partner then had to run around town taking a very large some of money from one bank to another to make sure we didnn't lose the flat....it was complete chaos!
Anyway, we had a fantastic time in SF and it all worked out in the end and we have had eight and a half glorious years living here!

fromtherightbank.com said...

I don't understand sellers like him. Seriously, if your house has been on the market for 6 months without a single offer, doesn't that tell you something? Anyway, you are absolutely right that your dream house is out there just waiting for you to find it. Even if it totally sucks right now, these things do always work out for the best. Onward!

ticklishfromadistance said...

Moron. Him, the seller. You will find the right place. You will.

Decorina said...

You will find something even more to your liking. At which time he will come out of the woodwork again...that is really a unique place.

hello gorgeous said...

Or maybe you can buy it at the foreclosure auction...

And if not, it wasn't the house for you anyway...

stupid house...

(unless you end up getting it :-)

Kate said...

I bet this house is still up for sale in 6 months if the banks havent foreclosed on him and then I'm with heelo gorgeous, get it at the auction, all because he's a greedy twat. I went to look at a new place last week, asked the agent what price was wanted, reeled in shock, was told that the vendor had had it valued at that two years ago and doesnt realise we're in a recession.