Death of owner/seller after signing compromis de vente
We recently signed the compromis de vente on a house on which the estate agent had power of attorney, as the elderly owner had Alzheimer's and no family, other than a nephew, who was happy for the sale to go ahead.
I've contacted the estate agent as the date we had agreed for the acte de vente was 29 July 2011. She has notified me that the sale is delayed because of the owner's death.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Any idea what happens as we had agreed the 29 July for the signing of the acte de vente? Any idea of how long this might take (dreading the answer to that one).
Many thanks for any help or advice.