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Sellers dragging their feet

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  • Sellers dragging their feet

    We have sold our house, have exchanged contracts and will complete on 7th June. In mid-January we made an offer on a house which was accepted. Solicitors have been instructed, we have had a full structural survey and incurred costs on searches etc. We went into this situation with our eyes open, and accepted the risks attached to exchanging on our sale before we exchanged on our purchase. On the plus side, it means we are ideal buyers as our own sale is assured and we don't need a mortgage.

    However our sellers appear to be completely clueless and seem to be making only half-hearted efforts to find a property themselves. Even their agent agrees that they don't seem to be putting much energy into it. I know we have no legal leverage, but can anyone suggest any tactical ways to inject some urgency into the situation? Ideally we still want to buy this particular house, so withdrawing our offer at this stage would be cutting off our nose to spite our face, but we have started looking at other properties.