I was in the process of purchasing a house, after preapproval from the broker, conditional approval from the bank, appraisal, and inspections... 2 weeks before closing, the title company found a judgement against me that was 13 years old, and in order to close, I had to settle the judgement which was 87k... I was unable to get an offer to settle for a lower amount, it was not found during my bankruptcy, and they stopped billing me for the judgment 8 years ago... I couldn’t close on the house, and had to cancel the sale... since I was unable to get the closing, I was told I was entitled to my hand money back... now the seller is disputing it, stating I should’ve known this all along, and is claiming I breached the sales contract, and not am being told I will have to go to arbitration to get my 5k back I put down... should I get a lawyer for this, and what processes should I take?
Yes, for $5000 you should have a lawyer. That’s too much to gamble on or to try to handle yourself.
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