Monday, April 9, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy

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


Anonymous Jennifer said...

Walking to work is huge, It adds huge quality of life value. I hope you get it.

April 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger VV said...

What a nightmare! Having sold a number of houses in estates, it appears dead owners are easier to deal with. ;-)

April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
Anonymous dissed said...

I walked away from a "good" offer when the buyers informed me it would cost $2,000.00 for their electrician to fix two ungrounded outlets. I told them it was a shame they couldn't find a real electrician. Then they decided they needed credits for a new roof, remodeling the "plain" bathrooms, and repainting the interior. They were astounded when I didn't agree. They knew I was divorcing and thought they smelled blood in the water. I sold the house to DECENT people.

Go with your instincts.

If I lived in a city, I would love to walk to work.

April 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Cali said...

You will find the home you are meant to have, but you already know that. Remember the old urbanism about life's trifecta: the perfect home, the perfect job and the perfect relationship. I believe you can have that. Now get to work manifesting it!

April 11, 2012 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I love how obsessed this culture is with vagina's and why not? They really are great!
Good luck with your hunt for a new place. What a great life, you live in NYC and now you have to find the perfect place there, and you will!

April 11, 2012 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

Patricia, I wondered if anyone would even look at that video. It's so astounding and hilarious that you can't be drinking anything while you watch it or you'll spit it everywhere.

Thanks, everyone for your good wishes. It's out of my hands now, for the moment - but I feel good, good, good about every single little thing.

April 12, 2012 at 7:14 AM  

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