There are. We have several backups to choose from. The market seemingly should be great for us but we just keep running into people who don't want to sell. We are a little over 2% under the listing price. I actually am concerned it won't appraise and they want to keep dragging their feet?
On the drive into work I thought over why I am pursuing it any longer and the only pro in my mind is that the house is nice and in a good spot; the cons are seller isn't actually selling their house, i feel like i am paying too much and it has a good chance of not appraising which will lead to future drama. Not a good balance really.
Funny how time works against a seller like that.
I had full intentions on building, had tons of emails and several meetings with builder, had already discussed financing with the bank, had a floor plan, etc. All I needed was a lot wide enough, and when I found it, the process was so slow on the seller's side (I think due to a very crappy agent), even to the point of them not even responding to an offer I made, that I found other options and have now scrapped the whole building idea. Had they not been so slow to communicate and act, we probably would have gone ahead and bought it. As it is, the lot is still sitting on the market.
I don't think a lot of sellers appreciate how vital it is to be really READY to sell as soon as your property goes on the market, because that is typically when you will get most of your inquiries and (better) offers, in that first 3-4 weeks. It's a crazy, dynamic business, that's for sure, with few hard and fast rules, but I think that should be a top fiver when selling.
Edit: another issue COULD be that the house is involved in a divorce process. There is a house near us that has been "on the market" for....years, and the price has not moved. When we asked our agent to show it to us, she said that the owner was known to be uncooperative, and would always make excuses as to why he couldn't make the house available for showing. Agent had tried to show it to other people as well, with same result, and mentioned that she suspected that the house is part of a settlement - the (ex) wife wants to sell it, but the husband doesn't, and so he is acting accordingly. ::shrug::
"Look this has gotta be some kind of mistake. Our daughter is tiny, there's no way she assaulted anyone. Insulted maybe. Was the cop wearing white socks and dark shoes? Because that really sets her off."