Busy, busy, busy is what a Bokononist whispers "whenever [he] thinks about how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is." [Cat's Cradle, 32 ]
As it happens, the contract between me and the sellers went back and forth between my lawyer and theirs so many times that my lawyer was compelled to advise me that the sellers and/or their attorney are so unreliable and crazy that I could very well wind up in litigation. I have therefore walked away from that apartment. The financials of the co-op itself were rather shaky, and when that risk was compounded by the risk associated with their mishigas - including the fact that their lawyer was so goofy she would have personally held up the closing until mid July in order to accommodate her vacation schedule - I have told my lawyer that I'm not signing any contract unless it stipulates that we will close on or before June 15 (the last day my letter of commitment from the bank is good) and that if we go beyond June 1 due to their tenants, I want $5000 to cover additional expenses incurred due to their bullshit.
Since there's no chance in Hell the sellers will agree to that, it looks like the tenants don't need to move after all. In a perfect world, the tenants will move anyway and the sellers will be stuck with an empty apartment in the city, rendering them unable to buy a house in the suburbs which they had hoped to do before their third child is born later this summer. Who knows? Maybe they'll think of that tomorrow and agree to my terms.
By that time, however, I may have made an offer on a different apartment. There is no view, and the light kind of sucks, but I could walk to work, and even if I get in a bidding war in order to purchase said apartment, I'd have enough money so that I could go away for the weekend and have all the views I need. Sadly, the owners of that apartment have already accepted an offer, but there's no contract yet. So I need to be prepared to seriously move forward today at 5:00 if I really like the apartment. Fortunately, I have been researching that neighborhood too, so I'm prepared to make a full price cash offer if I need to.
Meanwhile, here's some unexpected words of wisdom from Alexyss K. Tylor
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