There were red flags, there was fine print. I didn't ask the right questions. Not once but twice the prospective buyers had me drop what I was doing so they could "look again." On one of the occasions, I was in the middle of grocery shopping and though I wasn't finished, I checked out, rushed home, hurriedly gathered my pets and crammed them into the car so my presence would not be felt. (Don't want people to actually think we LIVE in our house, after all.) Then, four days later, after we believed everything was settled, I got another call. The buyer wanted another look.
Great. I didn't understand the little "option" clause that basically said for $100 we would be required to take our house off the market while the buyers who put their names on a contract were free to keep shopping. In other words, we got jerked around. The contract meant everything to us and nothing to them.
This has been a problem for me all my life. I believe people will do the right thing, will act with integrity and will consider how their actions affect others. These people used the law to their advantage. They got what they wanted. I hope they bought a wonderful house. What they won't have, nor do they deserve, is an awesome house that has withstood storms and hurricanes, has been filled with laughter and joy and a loving family for more than twenty years.
This is a good karma house. For those people, karma might end up being a bitch. And, for the happy ending, we got a better offer 2 days later from people who fell in love with this good karma house immediately. Everything happens for a reason. :-)
How about you? Did you have a major disappointment that in the end turned out to be the best thing that could have happened? I'd love to hear.