Obviously, communication seems to be the big issue here. My question is, who has direct communications with the seller? Is it just the attorney, or is there a real estate agent involved? I respect attorneys, but there are some cases where attorneys are "letter happy", meaning they just communicate by faxed letters.
SOMEBODY who has direct contact with the sellers needs to get on the phone and talk to them. If you have a real estate agent, ask them to make contact with the other agent and talk to the sellers. It seems like the sellers are the one who wants to close quickly, right? They wanted the 7/31 closing, correct?
If you sit around waiting for the attorneys to fax letters, you may be waiting for a long time.
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that said, your only leverage to make things happen quicker is to threaten to terminate the contract if the issues are not resolved by (whatever "drop dead" deadline you care to set).
the alternative is to simply "give in" to the other side on whatever issues remain unresolved.
as for suing the seller for foot - dragging, anyone can sue anyone else for any reason. the real issue is whether or not you have a chance of "winning" the court case and whether it would be worth the bother/expense. from what you are describing here, i do not think you will get a judge to order the seller to pay you damages, and even so, it probably would cost more in money and time that would be worth while.
Negotiating the contract is different than negotiating home inspection issues.
From what you've stated, you had a negotiated contract as far as the sales price, but, had a home inspection completed and were in negotiations for the home inspection issues. (Different negotiation-often happens simultaneously)
When communication stopped.
That could be a serious issue. It could be perceived that this contract is null and void. (In other words, they have stopped negotiating) Or if nothing else, voidable. (Possibility of contract being voided.)
You must request clarity.
Are you working with an agent? How long has it been since you submitted home inspection issues? Do you have an attorney? Ask your attorney to request a status.
It almost sounds like this is a home sold in as-is condition, no home inspection issues included, or won't be addressed.
If all else fails, They will ask you to go to a mediator before you would be able to sue. You need to plead your case and make sure that the situation is not fixable. It could be merely miscommunication.
The bottom line is this, what the seller has to offer, he is willing to convey it to you at said price. That means full price offer. Anything else is negotiable, and if it's not a full price offer, they don't HAVE to sell it to you. They can refuse you as long as they don't violate ethics.
Hope that helps!
I know it's not a very nice answer but it is the truth.
I generally concur will Bill's answer. Revisit the provisions of your contract that address the inspection process and timeline. In Georgia, inaction or lack of response/acceptance of repairs by either party within the specified timeline, in some instances, can lead to an automatically terminating contract.
Since today is July 28th, you may want to also be feverishly working on a contingency plan for temporary housing. Depending upon your agent's & attorney's advice, you may need to secure temporary housing and place your belongings in storage. Best wishes - Ted.