Florida Woman Tries to Back Out of Home Purchase By Blaming Diet Pills

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Everyone except teetotalers has done something they regret while under the influence of mind-altering substances. So I'm sure we've all got at least a little sympathy for this Florida woman claiming she mistakenly purchased a home $100,000 underwater while fucked up on diet pills.


ABC News reports on the travails of Mary McKaig, who bid $100,500 on RealAuction.com for a foreclosed four-bedroom. Estimated worth: $276,878. Which would've been a pretty good deal! Except she quickly realized she'd made a horrible mistake, because the home came saddled with $400,000 in debt due to the bank. You see, as the Orlando Sentinel explains, it was actually the homeowners' association that had foreclosed upon the house, over $15,929 in unpaid fees, which a HOA can do in Florida. Which seems like a great way for buyers to get screwed, but RealAuction.com says it's on buyers to research the properties.

She immediately filed to back out of the purchase, and she's blaming her mistake on her brand-new diet pill prescription. Via the Orlando Sentinel:

Not long before the bidding process had started, McKaig began taking a new prescription of phentermine diet pills, her attorney's filings stated. The medication impaired her and "caused her to make mistakes and alter her judgment," states the court records in Orange County Circuit Court.

The HOA disagrees. Via ABC News:

"Phentermine is an appetite suppressant," the homeowner's association states in its response and in its court exhibit. "'Altering judgment' is not listed as an adverse reaction or a side effect to taking Phentermine under the Physicians' Desk Reference and Web MD." The homeowner association's court exhibit points to potential adverse reactions, including nausea, irritability, dizziness, psychosis, dry mouth and change in sexual desire.

This is why I never touch diet pills OR real estate and never both at the same time.

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BrianGriffin makes bad decisions

Time out. Stop.

"Foreclosed" is a very specific, legal terminology. Foreclosure involves attorneys, a judge, and THE COURT to pay out proceeds to secured creditors.

Even as someone who does lien law all day, I'm confused by this story. If it was an actual "foreclosure", all junior creditors are extinguished when the court pays out from foreclosure sale. What I think the lady bought was the HOA's right to foreclose (and/or their lien position, right and interest). Therefore this should be settled in no way different than a "hey I really didn't mean to bid that much on eBay" suit.