Did I mention the woman who owns the property is stubborn and self-defeatist?
Well, today we got absolutely nowhere. My in-laws and DH and I worked out before we went to meet with her that (and I may as well not be crytpic about the numbers anymore, who cares anyway?) we would pass it off to her that we are paying the FULL appraisal value of the property and structure: $195,000. My in-laws have put $130,000 into the house, and this woman payed $5,000 to buy the property from her son. (I believe at that time the property had cost HIM $90,000.)
Following so far?
So the appraised value of the home is $195,000. IF it is sold to US, then my in-laws would be willing to take a cut of $30,000 (in reality, we would pay them back a little at a time, or not at all, but this is how we wanted to present it to the owner). So, taking into account my in-laws' cut of $30,000 that leaves $95,000 and we were thinking we'd offer her $65,000 - so that in the end, they both take a "cut" from their share of the appraisal of $30,000. (It actually works out as a less pecentage cut for the owner, but we do want to make it worth her while to sell to us.)
$65,000 was our "magic" number tonight. We knew that by telling her that if she sold the house to anyone OTHER than us, my in-laws would expect their full $130,000 back - that then she'd realize, $65,000 is the most she would get from anyone.
(We were prepared to go up to $75,000 though as further incentive.)
Well, we didn't even get to give an offer, because she immediately said something about how "we have to just forget about the money we put into it, J (my FIL). I've lost everything but the shirt on my back on that house." And then she went on to say she wanted $195,000 for it, and would possibly take it down to $190,000... and that was to go ALL TO HER!
Needless to say, we didn't get further than that. There was a lot of awkward silence, because my FIL is a meek guy, not wanting to stir up any waves (typical Phlegmatic through and through), and once he said something about expecting to get SOME money back, she was pretty much like, "Well, if we sell for $195,000, I will just take $190,000."
Can you believe that??
So we left. Awkwardly. (Because this woman IS a friend of theirs, after all, so we left on "friendly" terms, while my in-laws were HIGHLY insulted.)
And now as it stands, my in-laws are going to put a lien on the house so that she cannot sell it. From there, if my MIL has anything to do with it, they will sue her for the full $130,000. My FIL won't do that on his own.
As suspected, not much really happened tonight, BUT at least we are making steps.
And as for the job situation, my Supervisor has not had the chance to speak to me since he spoke with the owner of the imaging center (over a game of golf Wednesday afternoon) because there were always other people in the room at the time. I will try to ask him what's what tomorrow. BUT, my NaPro Dr has told me that she can use me for first trimester viability scans (which she usually sends her patients out of office for), and I will get paid per case, which is great. So I at least have one (VERY) part-time job.
Sorry there's not more exciting news to share. We'll be lucky if there's a decision about this house before the end of the year. The thing is, we would never be able to afford any other place right now unless it was a piece of property that we could SLOWLY build on. So if it's not this house for us? We're not able to move out and get our own place.
Prayer Buddy, I need ya to step up those prayers in these final days, please!!