You don’t know how excruciating this past several weeks have been. Other than having a modem on the fritz, we have been the beneficiary of a psychotic seller who has plotted every step of the way with lies and empty promises. All I can say is, “Whew!”
We signed at the Notaire in very good faith over five weeks ago and put down earnest money for our new home, which has been on the market (unsuccessfully) for over five years.
We have been patient. We have been understanding. We have wondered WTF???
Well, now we get more of the story. The ex-wife of the poor guy that died had put in 60% when they purchased the home. The Mr. has two children that hold the other 40%. The children are from another marriage and do not speak to Ms. Ex, who prides herself on NOT cooperating with anyone. In fact, before the untimely death of the Mr., they had received an offer of almost €600,000 [almost double of what we’re paying] and this shrew refused to sign, holding up the sale of the property. Eventually a judge intervened, but it was too late…that buyer was long gone. And so it sat.
And we have been in limbo. We received an inconclusive diagnostic on the fosse septic, because they couldn’t actually figure out where the tanks were because of the overgrown state of the property. Finally a recommendation for a conforming fosse came through from the water company and a local firm prepared a proposal to bring the current system up to the mandated standard. The bid was €15,000.
Ms. Ex agreed to pay €5,000. The kids agreed to pay €5,000. And we agree to pitch in €5,000 to make the deal go through. That was two weeks ago. Somewhere along the way, Ms. Ex decided she wanted to buy a place in the south of France and wasn’t paying ANYTHING toward the septic, wanted a second proposal for the septic job, and refused to pay the realtor as well!
Well, the kids stepped up and absorbed Ms. Ex’s portion for the fosse just to get it over with and, “Surprise!” since she was no longer part of the septic equation and had given her consent for the Notaire to sign on her behalf, she was no longer in a bargaining position! Ha! The Notaire signed yesterday and now we’re in business!!!
We’re expecting the deal to be finalized two months from today, then the work can begin. And guess what? Ms. Ex is coming to town for the final signing appointment. Yeehaa!!!