As far as financing, best to contact several different lenders and see what your options are. If you need referrals, we'd be happy to provide you with several as we work and are based out of Chanhassen.
As far as the contract goes, we have not personally dealt with contracts that are not directly from the first owner...having the middle man there is definately complicating. We would contact a real estate attorney, again we can recommend one locally. Was there a clause in the contract that if one of you defaulted the contract was null and void or any ramifications for it (him defaulting on a payment for example). Was the contract written up by the realtor without a protection clause for you? You may be able to file an ethics complaint against the realtor. You can find more about that a the MN department of commerce website.
Best of luck to you with his hard position.... more