main water line break a week before closing!

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We are in Northern MN and about to close on a home that has been vacant.  The sellers turned off the water to the house and now there is frozen ice all around the street outside the house.  I went to open the door for a city inspector (doing a favor for the seller because the seller lives 2 hours away) and the inspector told me the water line froze and it is their responsibility to pay not the city's.   We were buying the house as is but now this has happened.  I feel like we are getting a deal on the house so I feel bad about telling them we want this fixed first.   We haven't signed anything yet.  I googled that it would cost 2-3 thousand to fix.  

@Sally O.  

Is there evidence of water inside the house?  Do you have pics of problem?  The water should have been drained out of the lines in order for this not to happen but to late for that.  If you have multiple leaks then it will run a couple thousand but if there is only one or two leaks may just be a couple hundred.

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Thanks everyone.  I think I posted in wrong area. Ooops! 

 Thanks for the replies.  I think we are going to research how much it will really cost to fix it and make a lower offer to cover the expense.  Thanks again.

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