Our realtor called us this afternoon, day 14 of the 15 day escrow "perform or die" time limitation.
The buyers wanted a $5,000 price reduction due to asbestos in the 1942-era "popcorn" ceiling, and the "possibility of lead-based paint, both requiring remediation".
These items were fully covered in the home inspection report, and the disclosure, which they've had for quite some time now.
We damn near told them to take a hike, as we have no problem sitting here until spring. And if we do stay until spring, we'll probably get the ceilings scraped and refinished, and the house will go back on the market and sell for $550k, as long as the market doesn't tank.
Our realtor agreed it was definitely a cheap stunt to pull, especially considering they KNOW we aren't in any pressing need to move.
After he and my wife calmed me down a bit, we all agreed the best thing was to "Just Say NO!" to them, and if they pull out, no skin off our nose.
He called back a few minutes ago saying they accepted the "NO!", and things are still on.
Geez......some people's kids!