We are in the process of buying a home. I am in my early 30's, and I have never owned a home. We've looked at MANY houses and found one we loved. The "owner" accepted our offer (which was generous...only 3k less than asking) immediately, and we were ecstatic. Little did we know the owner is 93 and in a nursing home. Her grandson is the POA and is a few states over. It seems like he is not very motivated to get the home sold. We paid our due diligence fee (something I am becoming aware is something unique to my state), and the earnest money. Everything was going fine until the POA refused to turn on the water and power for the inspection. Ummmm........... I was able to turn on the electric (with written verification that all breakers were turned off), but was not able (per water dept. policy) or willing to turn on the water. The home isn't in my name yet, and what if there was a pipe busted or something? Would I be responsible for paying that damage. THIS was something I was 100% not willing to do, and they found a way to do it. Our inspector was AWESOME! He found many little things, and one major thing: The water pressure is way too low. Also, when you run the water in more than one area, it stops in one of the areas. For example, if I am running the water in the kitchen and my son tries to wash his hands in the bathroom, the water in the kitchen will turn off. We presented the inspection report to the owner via the POA, and they said they would take $2,000 off the listing price if we fixed the problems. We don't even know what the problem is yet. They have already turned the water back off. They said we would have to turn the water on to get the estimate and repairs. At that point, I was fully ready to walk away, even though that would mean we had to take a loss of over $1,500 for everything we paid for so far. My husband sent a clear and concise message through e-mail: "Your home has been on the market for over 500 days. If you do not fix these issues, it will be on the market for 500 more." We have until May 31st to back out. (We do lose money though.) NOW.....they say they will pay for the repairs. I hate feeling like I am being taken for a fool. I feel like bad vibes around a mortgage is reason enough to back out. My husband thinks I am just being too emotionally invested and people trying to negotiate what is best for them. Our realtor keeps saying that they aren't OBLIGATED to repair anything. I realize they might not be OBLIGATED, but neither are we. They are they ones trying to sell THEIR house. She doesn't seem completely on our side. It's like she thinks we are being ridiculous asking for all this stuff. The loan can not go through if there are utility issues. What would you do if you were in my shoes? Please share stories.