Cancelled home sale puts buyers in a pickle

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Editor's note: Robert Bruss is temporarily away. The following column from Bruss' "Best of" collection first appeared Sunday, March 12, 2006. DEAR BOB: Last fall my husband and I moved from out-of-state and purchased a home. The sellers accepted our offer with no contingencies. All the papers were signed; we even had the movers all arranged. A week later, our Realtor called to say the sellers "changed their minds." Since we had already accepted a good offer on our old house and had to move, this put us in an extremely stressful situation. We ended up making another trip to the area and purchasing another home, which we don't like as well. I think the sellers should pay us the cost of our second trip and our cost of having their house professionally inspected. Should I contact a lawyer or at least go to Small Claims Court? --Joyce B. DEAR JOYCE: Unless there was a legal loophole in your home purchase contract allowing the sellers to cancel the sale, you should not have allowed them to c...