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Subject: Re: Fooliversary, a bit early... Date: 8/14/2003 1:34 PM
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She probably only wanted to see how much she could get for it. Needless to say we just walked away before we lost any money. Three days later we ride past the house and the for sale sign is no longer there and the agent said she took it off the market.

We had a similar experience when we were looking for our current house. We made an offer on a house that was in the right city and had a beautiful yard, but had some problems. The basement needed to be waterproofed, the rooms were on the small side, it had a really long driveway in need of resurfacing, it was on a fairly main road (although set far back), it was close to the highway (as in about 3 houses away), etc.

Like you, we walked away when the seller seemed to be behaving unreasonably. Shortly thereafter, she decided to keep the house and took it off the market.

Within about 2 months we found the house we're in now, and we will NEVER move. This house is in the same city and cost $19,000 more than we offered on the other (although the asking prices were very close). But this house is on a quiet cul-de-sac street, backs up to the metroparks (lots of trees and wildlife), has big rooms and is very well laid out. Plus it didn't "need" anything that we needed to pay for immediately (since a dishonest real estate agent wound up paying for a roof repair). Sure, there are things we'd like to do, and we've been slowly making changes as time and money allow. But we are SOOOOO happy that the first deal fell through, allowing us to find this gem.

So don't get discouraged, keep your eyes open, and if you find a deal, jump on it. We found our house in October or November and the seller was happy to get it off the market.

Good luck!

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