We left here Wednesday morning with a truck loaded to the brim. Our friend Josh rode with us on what has always been and 8 to 9 hour trip. Thirteen hours later, we arrived at our destination. All of us were exhausted from the long trip. It was the longest drive Jan had made in a long time. She had driven the whole way herself in the van with our 4, four legged children.
We checked in to our motel room and learned the key and contract that was supposed to be left at the motel for us was not there. We sent a text message to the realtor at approx 1:00 am to let her know we were not pleased with her lack of cooperation.
We awoke at 8:00 am to find that the key had been dropped off at the front desk, however the contract was no where to be found. Without the contract we could not have the utilities placed in our name. It is now Thursday morning and the realtor is busy for the better part of the day. Once we finally contacted her we discovered the contract had not been signed by the Sellers. It is now pouring down raining so we elect to just sit at the motel and wait.
On Friday morning we still had not received the contract so we went out to the house to inspect it after the renters had moved out. Needless to say the place was a pig sty. The renters had damaged the kitchen wall leaving a large hole where they removed the vent hood above the stove. The trash and filth under the washer and dryer was disgusting and the whole house stunk of dog urine. We have a lot of work to do before we can move in. Certainly more than we expected to have to do.
By mid-afternoon the contract was still not in our hands and the "New counter tops turned out not to be new, nor were they cut for this house." We called the realtor and informed her of this discovery and we received little concern over this issue. It was at this time that I said "Fuck It."
I informed the realtor that the sellers had not honored the contract and that she had misrepresented some parts of the property. Jan and I informed her that unless the price was renegotiated to reflect the newly discovered deficiencies in the current contract we were walking away from the house.
The realtor contacted the Sellers who said they were not renegotiating as they had already reduced the price when Jan and I discovered the furnace did not work. The Sellers stated to the realtors that they had actually conveyed the condition of the counter tops and it was the realtor's responsibility to correct this deficiency.
After sever hours of intense verbal exchanges and after Jan and I talked to another realtor making an offer on a new house the realtor informed Janit that she and her broker agreed to reduce their commission on the sale if we were still interested. Their offer was just under half the difference we offered the Sellers to purchase the house. Jan agreed to the offer and the contract was signed at 4:00 pm.
We were unable to get the utilities turned back on this late on Friday afternoon, so our time on this trip was wasted and we wasted a lot of money having to stay in the motel longer than expected.
Currently I am not going to give the name of the realtor but I will say this, the Shoals Area needs a few professional realtors in the area.