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Olden Ain’t Golden

The buyers inspected the house a few days before closing and said everything was fine. As is my habit, I advised them to check again right before closing, but they said that would be inconvenient.

A few days after the closing, I got a call from the infuriated buyers, who found that all the appliances they’d seen at contract and at the pre-closing inspection were gone. In their places were timeworn appliances that were dirty and dinged up.

A few furious calls later, I learned that the sellers had advertised the appliances prior to the closing and sold them the day before. Thinking the gaps in the kitchen would immediately reveal their mercenary plan, they substituted the junkyard varieties for the newish models, and pocketed the money.

The buyers wanted to sue, but as they agreed in the contract to take the appliances “as is,” and the sellers had moved to Ireland, they’d just be wasting their money and breath on a lawsuit.

I don’t know whether the sellers would still have pulled a fast one if the buyers hadn’t told them in advance the only day and time they could inspect. However, I do know that for this crime to occur, the sellers need both motive and opportunity.

That’s why when it comes to buying a home, a rip-off adverse purchaser should check first, check often, and check last.
 

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