rickps: (Twilight Zone)
rickps ([personal profile] rickps) wrote2010-07-22 03:58 pm

End of the Series

In 1964, the original Twilight Zone TV series came to an end.  Although there have been attempts at reviving this legendary show (including a so-so movie), none have ever truly caught on.  Rod Serling's vision is one of memory... and DVD.

Today, my own personal Twilight Zone came to an end. 

For those who might have read my post of a couple of weeks ago, you'll know that two friends and I had made an offer on a house in Palm Springs.  The seller, a strange middle aged woman, who we nicknamed Barbie, decided half way through escrow to arbitrarily (and quite in breech of the sale agreement) attempt to stop escrow and retain the house.  Now understand that Barbie owned the house for only nine months, having purchased it out of foreclosure, and had rented it out as a vacation property while she lived elsewhere.  Her explanation for her capritious act "my situation has changed".  We were faced with finding legal representation to force Barbie to honor the sale agreement.

Here's what's happened since...

Friday, July 10 - Barbie, through her realtor, files a cancellation of escrow, stopping the escrow process

Monday, July 12 - After a weekend of Emails and phone calls, the three of us secure legal services

Tuesday, July 13 - Barbie receives a sternly worded letter from our lawyer promising some very ugly repercussions if she does not permit the escrow to continue.

Wednesday, July 14 - Barbie, again through her realtor, removes her request to cancel escrow

Thursday, July 15 to Monday, July 19 - Escrow company computers fail, Emails are lost, documentation in disarray, frustration level mounts

Tuesday, July 20, 2:00PM - We receive a note from the escrow company that Barbie has Emailed them a note (entirely, and I think deliberately, ignoring her realtor) once again stopping escrow.  Mushroom clouds of anger rise from us, our realtor, the seller's realtor, and the mortgage company

Tuesday, July 20, 4:00PM - Under what we believe to be the threat of several lawsuits, Barbie removes her request, allowing escrow to continue.  Radiation damage is extensive

Wednesday, July 21 - The mortgage funds

Thursday, July 22 - A miracle happens, the purchase is recorded, we own a house

So, if you're looking for me this weekend, look here...

Congrats Rick

[identity profile] sfkev.livejournal.com 2010-07-22 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Hopefully, all the negative vibes are gone - "This house is clean!" ;-)

Re: Congrats Rick

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
We're planning an exorcism, just in case!

[identity profile] bigreddee.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
What a dump!

Just kidding...it's gorgeous! Congratulations!

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, next time you and Fred are down PS way, I'll have to get you over for a visit!

[identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
Wow.. what a house! I am incredibly envious! ;)

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:50 am (UTC)(link)
Aww, thanks! It's going to be a work in progress for a while but what you see in that pic is what sold us on the place

[identity profile] billeyler.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, I'm impressed!

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
I'll have to take a couple of pictures of the roof. You'll be a LOT less impressed I assure you!

[identity profile] qbear.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:55 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, congrats! We're so glad the strife is over!!!

We were down yesterday for our inspection which went very well. Our loan is approved and we're just awaiting the appraisal, and should close August 11. Progressive pool parties!!!
Edited 2010-07-23 03:00 (UTC)

[identity profile] dr-scott.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Being wet in many different places is certainly my goal in life!

Was great to see you guys and meet your friends. Now that Rick will be here, too, some sort of critical mass of fun is building...

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Curtis, just don't get any ideas about square dancing if we get 8 or more folks in town!

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Congrats Jack! Hopefully your escrow will be drama free.

[identity profile] abqdan.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 04:16 am (UTC)(link)
Congrats! How much time will you be able to spend there?

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Given the dent in my funds that this place has caused, I won't be traveling all that much and hence will have to suffer in Palm Springs. Oh, the humanity...!

[identity profile] jccub1.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 05:44 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations! Looks like a lovely place :)
I eagerly await the invitation to the pool party ;) lol

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, come on over the big pond so you can take a swim in my little pond.

And JR won't even have to lipsync to random ABBA songs!

[identity profile] teelo.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 07:45 am (UTC)(link)
That looks lovely! Hmmm. I should consider buying vacation property in Palms Springs too....

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:27 pm (UTC)(link)
If you have the available funds, home prices and mortgage rates have never been lower. There are some risks buying in the PS market but I thought it was a darn smart investment.

[identity profile] woofpup.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, congratulations!

[identity profile] ricksf.livejournal.com 2010-07-23 02:27 pm (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] hotelbearsf.livejournal.com 2010-07-24 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I left you a message but you must have been in the pool. Congrats!

[identity profile] behrndahl.livejournal.com 2010-07-24 06:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Beaucoup de félicitations!! So glad that your ordeal is over -relax and enjoy your new place!!
Edited 2010-07-24 18:38 (UTC)