You should be able to get your earnest money back. Unfortunately you cannot get the appraisal fee back, It is an unfortunate situation and something that normally does not happen.
You deserve your earnest and option money back in my opinion and might as well ask for inspection and appraisal money too.
Your claim is likely against the seller though, not the real estate company. They most likely will have a document showing they did not know this fact.
Honestly this does not make sense but again, you need to consult an attorney. Even if he owes his wife $15,000 that does not mean he cannot sell the house unless he can pay her in full. if he owes her this money by court order the wife would receive all of the proceeds of the sale and the seller would still owe his ex the balance. That is how things work.
Again, you need to seek legal council but this is a strange situation.
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