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Rarely Too Late, Sometimes Too Costly

A divorced couple approached me to help them sell their home (I’d represented them when they were newlyweds buying the house).

 

Contracts were signed, mortgage financing was obtained, title was cleared, and a closing date was set.  Just as I was about to leave the office for the closing, the couple showed up at my office door, saying, “We need to talk.”

 

This can’t be good, I figured, but I was only partially correct. It turns out that all this working together on the sale of the house had reignited their flames, and they wanted to get back together again. In the house they were now minutes away from selling.

 

Thinking from the seat of my pants (they really should teach this in law school), I said, “You can either make a fresh start by letting this house go to the buyers, or you can bring your checkbooks to the closing office, as we’ll try to buy your way out of this problem-slash-wonderful turn of events.”

 

Between paying the real estate agents their full commission, giving the buyers an additional $20,000 they irately demanded “for their troubles,” and paying the three attorneys present for their time, the re-awakening of my clients’ romance was going to run them about $40,000.

 

They gazed into each other’s eyes, then shrugged in unison. “I think we should buy a new house in a new town for our new start,” said she. “Sold!” said he.

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