I want to thank you all for your kind new-house blessings in the last post.
Unfortunately, the house is not to be ours, after all. We spent more than a week going back and forth with the sellers via our agents. They refused to sign papers, even though they had accepted our bid; they kept trying to change the terms of the agreement; and it appeared as though they were playing us off a second bidder - at the very least, they kept threatening us to do exactly as they demanded or they would go to the back-up bid. We kept trying to negotiate in good faith, but they kept making demands and changing their minds. Finally, we decided we couldn't trust them and that, as much as we love the house, we could no longer do business with them. We withdrew, and we're filing a formal complaint against the sellers' agent.
I know, I know - Mercury was in retrograde.
I wish I were a bad witch and believed in hexes.
I'm trying, but mostly failing, not to blame their evangelical christianity for their rigidity, capriciousness, and fear. Actually, I don't blame their religion; that gets it backwards. I do believe that rigid, fearful people are attracted to fundamentalisms of various stripes.
I am so disappointed.