bad tragedy affecting my house purchase
Yesterday was supposed to be a pretty exciting day for me. I purchased a short sale house, bought it for $250k less than what it was appraised, and we finally closed on it yesterday, yay!
My wife and I were there as buyers and there was only one person as a seller. This was odd because there were two names on the property deed. Not only that, the seller was a mess. She looked like she hasn’t slept for days and was on a verge of having a mental breakdown, right in that office. Everybody understood the mood and nobody said anything, other than the closing agent instructing us what to do.
As everybody is signing documents, I couldn’t help notice tears rolling down the seller’s face as she was trying ever so hard to swallow back whatever emotion was trying to surface. She was quivering so much, I felt sick for being the one to “take” her property 😦
Her story goes few months back. Just before Christmas, there was a horrific car accident that involved a small motor vehicle and a garbage dump truck. The dump truck driver ran a red light and basically leveled the other car, instantly killing the driver. That driver was the seller’s husband.
She is left with three children, with the youngest boy being about the same age as my kids. The husband had a successful business and made lots of money. Unfortunately, for as successful as he was, he didn’t have any life insurance, and the wife had no clue about his business. Long story short, she lost EVERYTHING in matter of months!
I actually couldn’t sleep last night because I felt like shit. This is a perfect example of morality vs. business. The agent did reassure me this has nothing to do with me. The seller made a deal with the bank and she will get paid some money, because the property sold. Agent told me the sale price has nothing to do with how much the seller gets paid. The agent also told me that the seller was very happy to see her property go to such a wonderful family.
So today, I am trying to come up with anything to make my conscience feel better. If there is a bible expert out there please correct me on this, but I’m pretty sure there is something about helping out a needy widow.
I am in the middle of writing a personal letter to the seller. In it, I will be offering to let her and her kids live in the property until she is able to stand on her own again. I am also offering her one of my cars until she is able to afford one of her own. I thought about giving her money, but she has so many creditors after her right now, it’s just going to get confiscated.
Her agent is telling me, the seller just wants to be left alone and doesn’t want to talk to anybody. She has moved in with her family, and her kids have transferred to a different school. She knows my offer will always be there for her. I’ll just remain on standby until I hear something back.