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14 January 2017 @ 09:51 pm
14 Jan 17  
Early breakfast at Leena's, family meeting, followed by looking at some houses and emailing our agent.

A summary of the situation, probably redundant for most people:

  • Nerdvana is for sale, and we moved out in September.

  • We moved into Nördhöll, the house we were attempting to buy, in Edmonds.

  • We are sharing the house with our friends Mickey and Ogre. Four adult humanoids, four cats, and a dog, in one house. It's been working out surprisingly well, possibly because we've got about 3800 square feet to work with.

  • Nerdvana wasn't selling. Time passed.

  • In late December, two things happened:

    1. We found a notice of default on the front door, and discovered that the seller of the house had not paid his mortgage. Starting in June, three months before we moved in. Before the house was listed.

    2. We finally got an offer on Nerdvana. The foreclosure will likely happen sometime between late March and late April.

  • The offer to buy Nerdvana included as a contingency the sale of the buyers' home. Our purchase contract on the Nördhöll required seller's approval of subcontingencies. However, it expired at the end of the year, so we decided to wait until it had, then accept the offer.

  • They've done their inspection, and come back with a few things they want us to spend money dealing with. We are investigating what those things will cost. HOWEVER, their offer was $30k below our asking price, so we are reticent to spent more money, particularly money we will likely need to move a second time.

  • We started looking at alternative houses. We found one we really like. It has its own special issues, but unlike this one does not need any immediate or short-term repairs to make it workable.

  • As a token towards not having to move, today we decided to make a new offer on Nördhöll. It is significantly lower than the previous agreement, but if it is accepted, it will save us a lot of money and effort.

  • On the assumption that it will not be, however, we are going to start packing, and as soon as it is rejected we will begin negotiating with the seller of the new house to come to a sale price AND - I desperately hope - a rental agreement so we can move in when our lease expires on 22 March and live there until we can close. As the house is currently vacant AND has been on the market for a while, I am as close to hopeful as I am capable of being. Which is not very.

  • If we have to find a place to live in between, that will suck for a number of reasons, including that I will likely have to pay steep early termination fees on both Comcast contracts, as well as have all of my servers offline for an extended period. I will have to set up a new virtual server somewhere to take over mail/dns primary duties from Sarin.

  • However, we have established that there /are/ options for places to live, within acceptable location/price ranges and which accept animals.

  • The Nördhöll name will be moving with us. I've already bought domains and everything.

Comrade Doctor Icebird: penguin brickseeyorerin on January 15th, 2017 02:22 pm (UTC)
Oy. Strength to your arms.
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gasketsrandomdreams on January 15th, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
So did the seller manage to get your deposit money and then take off with it?
Loreeloree on January 16th, 2017 01:59 am (UTC)
Nope, it's held by the title company. He thought that's how it worked, though.
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gasketsrandomdreams on January 16th, 2017 02:16 am (UTC)

Any chance you can buy the house out of foreclosure?
Loreeloree on January 16th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC)
There's a possibility. The revised offer to Mr. Fuckhead is an attempt to hedge our bets and extend the timeline so we don't have to move unless/until we want to.
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gasketsrandomdreams on January 17th, 2017 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm surprised he's still involved if they're foreclosing: I figured you'd be dealing with the mortgage company and he'd be out the door.
Martin Tithoniumtithonium on January 17th, 2017 04:42 pm (UTC)
Mortgage company doesn't have any rights until they actually start foreclosure, which could happen as soon as two days before we have to be moved out. Or as late as a month later.
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gasketsrandomdreams on January 18th, 2017 02:54 am (UTC)
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gasketsrandomdreams on January 18th, 2017 02:59 am (UTC)
I don't know much about this. SO it's still the original owner's house, even though he's gotten a notice of foreclosure? Could he pay the amount he's in arrears and be okay? I thought once you got the note, your ship had sailed.
(Could you in theory pay the amount he's missed and deduct that from the purchase price?)
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gasketsrandomdreams on January 15th, 2017 06:15 pm (UTC)
And, wow, I didn't know about any of this. I'm so sorry!
Mariboumaribou on January 15th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
Someday this will all be sorted and you will just be in a house, that you own, that is more satisfying than your old house because reasons, and things will be so much easier.

Until then, strength and zen to you.
opportunity refundbeaq on January 15th, 2017 09:31 pm (UTC)
verdant: dendrobiumplantae on January 17th, 2017 05:23 am (UTC)
So, at one point I was looking at foreclosure auctions in what turned out to be a vain attempt to acquire a house. As I recall, if you have a valid lease, the house going into foreclosure doesn't result in your eviction - your lease remains valid through a change of ownership. So the idea of being able to stay there and buy when foreclosed isn't so far fetched. Was there perhaps a bank contact on the notice of default, and you might be able to work with the bank to arrange a purchase if they foreclose? Banks usually don't like having to manage and sell real estate, and they might be very happy to have a willing buyer.

Also, can the comcast contracts be transferred or are they location-specific? Perhaps you could temporarily transfer them (and the servers) to a friend's house?
Martin Tithoniumtithonium on January 17th, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the /soonest/ they can actually foreclose is something like two days before our lease expires. The seller has already said he doesn't intend to renew our lease. So we're more or less screwed on that score.

The comcast contracts could probably be transferred, yes. But it would not be a small amount of hassle for whomever agrees to host the servers for me. They take up a lot of space and electricity, if nothing else.