Did I Fail? or Succeed? - Posted by Zee
Posted by Zee on April 06, 2000 at 02:27:45:
I just pulled out of a real estate deal I had all set up (my first) and I am wondering if I did the right thing, or just got “cold feet”?
Found a 1/2 acre lot in the Poconos offerd on eBay, the on line auction service. On a whim, I bid just $25 more than the highest offer, and WON!
After a couple of days back and forth with the seller, we struck a verbal deal, where the price got negotiated downward because the lot was not current on perc testing.
I wrote up a draft of the contract for the out-of-town seller’s signature. Meanwhile, I discovered the lot might also need a survey to complete the transfer of the perc test/septic design.
While renegotiating things, the seller balked at my contingency clause (“subject to wife’s approval”)and I agreed to extinguish it at my signing of the contract.
As several days passed by the time the seller got the new agreement signed and back to me (I had not yet signed it), I completed the rest of my due diligence. Also, I let my wife see the property.
She disapproved the deal. Eventually I concurred because I saw no other lots selling, nor any new construction going on or planned.
In other words, with little market activity or potential, I was afraid I was going to just get stuck with a lot I could not resell quickly, and had no intention to build on.
So, I told the seller I was no longer interested.
I would have been buying at 60% of appraised market value, after purchase price plus closing costs.
Did I do the right thing to pull out, or do you think the
good purchase price/fees were attractive enough that I should have gone ahead with it, and then hussle to try to find a retail buyer?
I am asking this, because I still want to look for my first deal, but don’t want to back out of things just because I can’t see in every case how I’ll make my money.