Sniped

Life

You wouldn’t believe the week we’ve had with our house hunting adventures. I thought last week was discouraging. That was nothing compared to the past couple of days.

The day before yesterday our realtor sent us a couple of houses that had just come on the market. There was one that he sent us that was perfect for us. In the neighborhood that we wanted and in our price range. And it didn’t look like a total shit-hole. So we told him we wanted to see it ASAP. He arranged so that we could take a look at it after work.

We go look at it and as we were walking in the door he said that they have ALREADY gotten an offer on the house, but the sellers were going to counter it because the people wanted the sellers to pay the closing costs. We had a look around and it was perfect. It had everything we needed. It wasn’t too big, it seemed very low maintanence. And it had a two car garage. There were other little amenities, too. It had a hot tub and the yard was landscaped beautifully. We told our realtor that we wanted to make an offer, so that evening, at 9:00pm we went to his office and wrote up the paperwork. We made our offer a little bit better than the other one, and we gave them until noon yesterday to respond.

Well, as it turned out, they accepted our offer!with some minor changes to the date of closing. They wanted to push it up two weeks. Our realtor would swing by my work at six and we would initial the changes and everything would be set. So all day at work I was stoked, telling all the people I work with the good news. I called my mom. Everyone was stoked for me. I get off work, we initial the changes, our realtor tells us what to do next. We are excited. We even drove by the house again to see it our new house.

Se we go home and about a half an hour after we walk in the door our realtor calls to give our bad news. They got a better offer on the house and accepted it. How could they do this? Didn’t they already accept our offer? Well, apparenly there is a loophole that says the offer isn’t accepted until it reaches the office of the selling agent. Our final paperwork didn’t get there until 6:10, the offer was made right at the last minute, at 5:45. In ebay terms, we were sniped.

I’m pissed. Of all the unethical things to do. I understand the whole thing where this person wants to make more money and blah blah blah. I understand that. But when you sign a contract and accept an offer, shouldn’t it be just accepted? Why fuck with somebody’s mind? I feel like I’ve been totally duped, too. Somebody had to know how much we were offering in order to offer more. It just doesn’t seem right at all.

I’m at the point right now where I don’t even feel like buying a house. I can’t go through this emotion frenzy every fucking time I buy a house. It’s too hard. I just want to buy a fucking house. I don’t want mind games played with my head in the process.

We made a counter offer last night, but haven’t heard back from our realtor to see if it’s more than what the other person offered. But to be honest, I have such a bad taste in my mouth now that I don’t even know if I want it. They are totally treating us unethically right out of the gate. Can you imagine down the road? This is so ugly, I can’t even believe it’s happening.