I do sympathize with you, Susan, in having the deal go sideways because of the seller. The fact is, real estate sales agreements almost never put the seller in jeopardy for not closing the transaction.
However - the seller is almost certainly liable to pay a brokerage fee, in which case you can ask your broker to reimburse you for your costs, which is entirely reasonable, given that they're getting paid for a deal that didn't close and they'll get paid again when you actually close on the next one.
All the best,
Always sad to hear about situations like this, it hurts the legitimate honest Realtors & leaves clients feeling lost & unsure about trusting the next situation.
Sorry for your situation,
Parkway Place Real Estate
Now, if the seller refuses to make requested repairs, and as a result the deal fall through the buyer may be able to get return of their deposit, but getting the seller to reimburse the buyer the cost of the inspection would be a hard task.
Best of luck to you!!!
Kawain Payne, Realtor