Two sisters – Kerrie and Lyn
Kerrie lives in the outer suburbs of Sydney, but has had a desire for a few years for a ‘sea change’ and would like to one day relocate to where Lyn lives, a coastal town. Kerrie and her DF Greg have gone as far as to check out a few properties in different coastal areas over the course of about 3 years, but it seems that they aren’t really serious about buying. They have well established jobs in Sydney, own their house outright, and Greg has told Lyn’s husband Doug that he doesn’t want to move until they have a large sum of money in a bank (he doesn’t want another mortgage). Greg has also told Doug on the side that he doubts they will ever leave Sydney, as he thinks he’ll struggle to find a job as good as he already has. Kerrie’s only daughter (who also lives in Sydney) is expecting her first child, so she is looking forward to being a Grandma and helping her daughter with childcare – another reason to stay in Sydney.
A house that Kerrie once admired that was on the market with amazing water views in the area Lyn lives in was drastically reduced in price as it had been on the market for over a year and the owner was keen to sell. Lyn rang Kerrie to let her know that this amazing house was on the market for just a couple more days before the owner accepts the ‘best offer’. Kerrie makes several excuses as to why her and Greg weren’t interested in buying the house.
Lyn and her husband decide to attend an open house at the property, despite being happy with their current home and not really looking to buy. They are blown away by the views and make an offer on the property, which after a few days they find out has been accepted. Lyn excitedly calls up her mother and siblings to tell them the good news. Kerrie is not home when she calls, so Lyn leaves a message telling her they have bought the house and to call her back.
Kerrie does not call back. Lyn begins to think Kerrie might be upset that she bought the house. Lyn finds out from another sister and also her mother that Kerrie was apparently annoyed that Lyn bought the house without ‘running it by her first’. Doug and Greg have had some informal email correspondence since, and Greg assures Doug that they were NEVER going to buy the house (too expensive). It has now been about 7 weeks that Kerrie and Lyn have not spoken.
So, do you think that Kerrie has a right to be angry with Lyn, even though she was given a chance to put in an offer on the house if she wanted it?