So we heard back about the townhouse. He countered our offer, $7,000 more than what we offered. And only $4,000 less than his asking price. We thought his asking price was too high to begin with, especially for a townhouse with 2 bedrooms that has never been updated. Ever. So we are not accepting his counter offer. J is actually pretty pissed off about it, because apparently the seller is "too busy" to put his counter offer in writing and told his agent to just email us with the counter. Umm sorry that you are so busy, but we're not going to haggle with you over $7,000. Yes, it's not a ton of money, but it's more the principle. Also, you are a jerk for not countering in writing...RUDE!
So we're keeping our offer firm and if he wants to accept it, he can. If not, we will walk away and find something else. Our offer was extremely strong and we're standing by it. (I mean, you can tell by the numbers that our offer was only $12,000 less than asking price - in this market, I think that's pretty good. Especially for an outdated townhouse that's been a rental property for 15 years!)
Did I mention I HATE real estate???