Editor’s note: To see Part I of this story click on “It all started when he got bored” in the archive.
Crazy right?? Buying a house from some stranger on Facebook didn’t seem like a good idea. I mean, we’ve all heard stories of people being lured into a dangerous situation by a stranger online, clears throat, Craigslist. It’s not like I could meet this person in the parking lot of the local Chick-fil-a to make the exchange.
But it looked like too good of a deal to pass up. Wait, could that be another red flag? Maybe. So, I did what any self-respecting cyber-sleuth would do. I Facebook stalked the seller. Afterall, we live in a small community, surely we had a friend or two in common. Low and behold, we had 10 mutual friends! And, wait for it, two of them are in our small group! If you’ve ever been in a small group you know how close you get to these people. I mean, when you meet weekly to study the Bible, you start to really do life together and a family is created. So, I reached out to one of them. The conversation went something like this:
Me: “Hey, do you know So-and-So”?
Bible study friend: “Yes, why?”
Me: “Well, they listed this house on Facebook and I’m thinking about buying it. But don’t want to get kidnapped and killed when I go look at it.”
Bible study friend: “That’s one of my BFFs.”
Me: “U R kidding me!!!!”
Bible study friend: “I promise, you won’t get kidnapped and killed.”
We set a time to have a look at it and in the mean time my Bible study friend contacted her BFF and had her send us the inspection report! What? How does that even happen? The inspection report shared the good, the bad and the ugly.
During the walk through we saw, and smelled, some of the ugly. It would require a lot of elbow grease, some renovating and help from a contactor.
Now, to figure out how to do all the paperwork and negotiating without our beloved realtor friend Jill.