I accepted an offer on my leasehold flat in September 2018. We were not in any rush to sell as we had tenants. The buyers blamed Brexit for delays in accessing their pension funds then stated they needed a small mortgage (they said they were cash buyers at the time the offer was made). Roll forwards to January 2021, solicitors engaged...they were due to exchange contracts then but said their mortgage expired 31/1/21 so they had to apply for an extension (the reason for not exchanging was due to COVID 19 isolation). This was verbally granted until 31/3/21 and the buyer confirmed with the estate agent that the official approval had been given and he would inform his solicitor. That was last week and the buyer is now saying he cannot get hold of his solicitor. The deal has therefore been 2.5 years in the making and Brexit, COVID lender, solicitor have all been used as excuses as to why they couldn't settle. I have been thinking for a while that they must be trying to buy another property as there's no logical reason why they would engage a solicitor who has said he has all the information he needs to exchange contracts and then he suddenly not available....can anyone shed any light on why the buyer and/or solicitor is just not telling me they no longer want to proceed? The estate agent claims they are serious buyers yet it's the sell side that seem to be doing all the chasing.