I’ve jokingly said several times that the spec house I’ve been building has a curse placed on it – Everything has gone wrong, from the foundation up. I’ve finally gotten it about finished and thought nothing else could possibly go wrong. But it did. (Why else would I be writing this thread?)
About 2 months ago, I decided to go ahead and finish the thing 100%. Didn’t really want to, but it wasn’t selling “as is”. The realtor said they were planning on having an open houseon May 12th, and that would be a good time to promote it. I told him I figured I could have it done by then. But – Things didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. So I figured I’d better call for some help.
But first – I called the real estate agent, and asked if the open house was still on for sure. (This was about 2 weeks ago) I told him I could still get it done, but would have to hire some help and jump through a few hoops to make it. He assured me the open house was still scheduled for May 12th. So I hired a contractor, and ended up spending almost $1,000 on extra labor to finish things up that I could have done myself.
So I worked nights and weekends trying to get ready. I often came in to work at 6am, left at 3pm, then worked on the spec house until 9pm or so. I called in a lot of favors, and even did a lot of the wiring myself since the electrician’s Wife was sick and he wasn’t able to finish the job. My Wife and kids helped where they could, an we often had fast food dinners in at the spec house.
I had several friends and relatives set up for a “cleaning party” on Saturday to make the house look as nice as possible. And fertilized the yard so the grass would be nice and green. (And hoping someone else would have to mow it soon)
Yesterday (Thursday the 9th) I stopped by home to change clothes before going out to work on the house some more. I grabbed the newspaper to check out the ad for the open house………….But there wasn’t one. I tried to call the real estate agent to find out what was going on. No answer. So I called the owner of the real estate company and asked him why there was no ad. He said they’d decided not to have an open house this weekend.
Naturally, I was livid. I really let him have it. Never did get a solid answer as to why they weren’t having an open house, or why they hadn’t called to tell me. The real estate agent has not called me as of yet to appologize.
So – Do any of you know if it’s possible to cancel a real estate listing contract ???