Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Done Deal

So we closed on our house today. I thought I'd be way more excited, but for some reason I'm indifferent. Maybe it hasn't sunk in yet. OR maybe it's because the sellers were horrible and we just about walked away from the whole thing. I think that's what it is.

Man, it was bad. As you know, one of the conditions of the contract was the repairs to the crack in the foundation. The sellers tried and failed twice to fix it. We asked that they put aside money in escrow to allow us to get it done properly. We requested a rather high figure to ensure that we wouldn't have to fork out any extra money. They low-balled us and wouldn't budge. The guy kept saying that he wasn't going to give us his "open check book." He kept twisting it around and trying to blame us. Then the wanted to push back settlement. We left the room to make some phone calls and talk with our main man Phil Geising. We weren't interested in pushing back settlement any farther. As far as I was concerned, I was ready to walk right then and there. I wanted nothing more to do with the guy. As we were talking, the title guy came out and said that the sellers were ready to walk unless we came to some sort of agreement. Now let me explain once again that WE were ready to settle today. We had done everything that was required of us in the contract. THE SELLERS on the other hand failed to meet the requirements they agreed to in the contract, and THEY were ready to walk. We would have said, "Ok." and walked if they didn't quickly offer $3000 cash-no escrow-just in our pocket today and we'd be done. I think they threatened to walk to pressure us into taking their low-ball deal. What they probably weren't expecting was us to just say ok. In the end, we took their money and made the deal.

As we waited for all the paperwork and financing stuff, the realtors and sellers chit-chatted. (Scott and I kept our mouths shut!) The more the guy talked the more irritated I got with him and the whole situation. He bragged about his FOUR, count 'em FOUR vacation homes, a 500+ acre ranch in WY, a house on the beach in Ocean City, a house in VA and another on the beach in FL. He just happened to mention that he just bought a 1967 Mustang convertible and a Harley. He owns so many properties across the country he said, and I quote, "my wife doesn't even know about some of them. He owns a number of businesses including a roofing business, real estate, and contractor-ing. Now let me ask you this...WHAT WAS HE MAKING SUCH A BIG DEAL OVER $2000 FOR IF HE IS THAT LOADED!?!?!?! I just don't understand people like that. They need power and money and more power. I'm unimpressed by both. We were ready to walk away from this deal, because we are confident that God has and will continue to provide for us. We put our trust and our lives in His abundantly capable hands. The sellers threatened to walk as a way to manipulate the situation. Money brings power and this guy is used to getting what he wants. We would have let them walk. His manipulation would have only served to make him lose a couple hundred thousand dollars.

Anyway, that's why I'm not shouting and dancing with glee. My spirit is grieved over the situation and this guy. He has everything this world could offer him, but when he dies, it's gone and he'll spend an eternity wishing he had what we have. So I have been praying for him and his wife all day. Tomorrow is a brand new day and a fresh start. My joy comes in the morning. I am going to dance tomorrow... and buy some paint.

4 comments:

  1. EXCELLENT!! I'm so excited for you guys, and to have new neighbors! Sorry it turned out to be so awful, but I think you guys kindof expected that to a certain extent. People with money and power only want more...and the way they make more is by squeezing other people. Good thing OUR GOD owns it ALL!
    CONGRATULATIONS, HOMEOWNERS!

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  2. Hey! I am happy for you! I am sorry that the seller's were like that. I didn't like being in that room either. I don't know if it was like this for you but for me I had the most uncomfortable sickening feeling! I sat in that room while the realtor and the sellers whispered back and forth. I felt like everything was so secretive and I wanted to leave right then and there. It was aweful and I was so glad for it to be over and done with. Don't let Satan steal your JOY! YOU have a home now! IT's your's! YOURS! No more worry! YEAH! That's what the enemy tries to do. The minute something joyful happens...and some things go wrong....he steals your joy from something God ordained. Satan tried to do that to me with everything that went on...and I came to the realization that I wasn't going to let him steal my JOY! So REJOICE!! YOU ARE AN OFFICIAL HOMEOWNER!! YAYAYAYAYA!!!!!

    Now it's your turn....
    Though you have made me see troubles,
    many and bitter,
    you will restore my life again;
    from the depths of the earth
    you will again bring me up.
    You will INCREASE my honor
    and comfort me once again.
    I will praise you with the harp
    for your faithfulness, O my God;
    I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
    O Holy One of Israel.
    My lips will shout for joy
    when I sing praise to you—
    I, whom you have redeemed.
    My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
    all day long,
    for those who wanted to harm me
    have been put to shame and confusion.
    (Psalm 71:20-24)

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  3. I bet you guys are glad to be done with that whole thing! Now you can just enjoy your wonderful new home and all the joys that come with it....like the new paint!!!

    Can't wait to see more pictures of the new place! Love ya lots!!!

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  4. I am so sorry that the closing went so horribly! Hopefully things will only get better from here on!!! Congrats on the house!!! Post lots of progress pictures!!!

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