Hi all! I'm new to this forum. My mom and I are currently under contract to purchase a mother/daughter house. We have never been home owners and have tried our best to do this correctly, but we are now finding that everyone is trying to screw us in one way or another. Unfortunately, we happen to be trustworthy people. A realtor showed us our "dream home".. fast forward, we hired their "recommended" inspector, bug guy, electrician, etc.
To make a long story short, we are realizing now that they are ALL friends... they literally go jogging together... including the man SELLING the house! The reason this is a problem is because we were four days away from closing when I went by with a friend (who happens to be a licensed contractor) to measure a few things. We walked down to the basement and there was a HUGE puddle of water.. I'm talking the size of a couch, and that's three days after it rained, I imagine it had been larger originally.
Fast forwarding again, we don't trust anybody anymore. The inspection report lists that there are no problems with the foundation, but it does say that the mold (which we knew about) is evidence of a "moisture issue". This is what they are using against us, because apparently this was supposed to alert us to the fact that there would be gigantic puddles in our basement. Sorry, but to me, a couch-sized puddle is not a "possible moisture issue." Our lawyer, who I've named Passive Patrick, is not fighting for us at all. He tells us what the other lawyer says, and then ASKS how we want to respond! I am the one on the phone with all of these crooked people now, and unfortunately this is not my area of expertise. I have brought two people over for estimates - one guy who says we need to fix XYZ and it will cost $7000, and the other guy says we need to fix ABC and it will cost about $14000. I will be sending these estimates to my lawyer to forward over to the seller, but they already made it clear they do NOT want to pay for this or lower the price of the house BECAUSE IT WAS NOT INITIALLY DISCUSSED DURING THE CONTRACT SIGNING and it is not in the inspection report! These people have started yelling at US when we confront them with these issues, and then pass us along to someone else.
I am writing because I need to know where we stand. This is my moms DREAM house, and I do not want her to lose it, but I also refuse to be taken advantage of. I guess what I need to know is this:
I appreciate any advice that anyone can offer. We feel like everyone is taking advantage of us, and we no longer feel that we can trust anyone.. but we do absolutely love this house.