Also, the home inspector said "I think they have foundation damage" and the buyers freaked out and cancelled the contract without ordering a structural examination.
Well, the reason the inspector said so is A) He's not a foundation specialist, B) I recaulked my windows, C) The driveway has a crack, and D) there are a few chips on the corners of the low side of the house.
Ok, my rebuttal is:
Chips on the corners of a house on a grade are normal
Stress fractures (aka, where mortar pops loose from brick on one edge in a couple of places) is also normal.
Driveways get cracks. They are thinner than a foundation and do not contain reinforcing steel bars like foundations do.
Re-caluking isn't a sign of hiding damage, it's a sign that 24 year old caulk peels away from brick.
I had the foundation inspected by a foundation specialist, who is in the business of selling foundations and repairs, who would be able to make cash off of me, who still said that the foundation looks solid, sound, and that the minor amount of movement is normal, not damaging, and is nothing to be concerned with. He doesn't understand what the problem is unless the caulk around the window threw the guy off.
SO, all that being said, I have tried valiantly to get a copy of the report that the guy gave. I'd asked him when he visited on Saturday, and he said he'd give a copy to the buyer, but not to me. The buyer's real-estate agent has been asked many times by my agent for the document. "I'll send it right now"... 2 hours later... "Oh, wait 5 mins and call this other person..." etc. Complete runaround. I've tried to call the buyer directly, but they don't answer by human or machine.
I'm even willing to pay for a structural engineer to come take a look. Granted, I'd like for him to indicate separately recommendations from requirements, because we are on a hill, and at this rate, in 35 more years, the house might move/settle enough to be a problem, but that's par for all houses around here.
Hell, I'd even be willing to have a stabilizing system put under the house to keep it from doing the normal shifting, and then fix up all of the spots where it pops nails from moving the house, but I just can't get ahold of anyone.
So our agent cancelled our trip to go see more houses to buy, because we have no-one to buy our house.
AND, I got a "payoff statement" from our mortgage, spawned by our prior but cancelled plans to refinance, saying that payoff is due on 7-01-02 and late fees are $538/day... WTF...