My 84 yr old mom has a 2nd floor condo with no elevator. Due to the fact that she was having increasing difficulty managing the stairs, plus her insistent claims of being lonely, we were able to get her into a first floor apartment at a Masonic Home, where she claims to like the apt. and does at least have some interaction with others.
Her condo has been on the market for about 6 months now, with basically no movement at all. It is reasonably priced, and in a good location in the city. I think things are just not selling right now. She is able to meet all of these obligations, including her rent, condo fee, and taxes... probably just barely breaking even, though.
A week ago she told me she wanted to move back into the condo. I told her "no way". She sold most of her furniture, she cannot move herself, and she had her niece and daughter-in-law do EVERYTHING to get her moved. For her to want to move back is an insult to them. She CANNOT continue to negotiate these stairs.
My brother (he is local in KY I am in FL) told me tonight that she called the realtor and wanted to cancel the contract. My brother and I are at our wits end. I should make it clear that we do NOT believe that she is at the point of being truly unable to care for herself or make (most) decisions. I think this is partly irrational worry about her finances and perhaps a bit of a pugnacious attempt to punish my brother (she has had issue with him before... her fault IMO).
Any comments or suggestions by this great crowd would be greatly appreciated. FWIW, my previous posts were about her difficult personality and how that is a very big part of this problem.