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Maricruz Zac…, Home Buyer in Gardiner, MT

Is the seller obligated to sell her house to us when she verbally told us that she accepted our offer and that she was going to sign it?

Asked by Maricruz Zacharias, Gardiner, MT Thu Jun 9, 2011

We put an offer on a house we liked. Our offer was not accepted.
In less than a week, our agent told us that the seller's agent told him that our offer was reconsidered and accepted; that the owner was going to sign our offer. Next day we have been told that the house owner received a better offer and that she signed it.
Is this right?
Does she has to respect the verbal agreement?

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Unless a purchase offer is signed by all parties and delivered, you have nothing..... unfortunately, a verbal agreement is only as good as the integrity of those involve.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 9, 2011
Hi Maricruz,

A contract for real estate has to be signed by all parties (seller and buyer) to be legally enforceable. A verbal contract is not legally binding in the case of real estate.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 9, 2011
Hello Maricruz,
I'm in agreement with Bill and Dan in that a verbal acceptance on an offer won't stand up to one that is in writing and signed by the parties involved. Your agent can keep a watch for it on the MLS in case it comes back on the market but it might be best to just move on.
Good luck!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 9, 2011
A verbal offer (or response) isn't worth the paper they aren't printed on. If you wanted to pursue this in court to try and get it enforced the judge would need some proof, which would only be your agents word. While this may be valid, so is the other offer that the sellers signed.
I'm not a lawyer and so my opinion may not count, but if you want to press it further you'll need to talk to an attorney. Sorry this didn't work out as you'd hoped.
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