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I am sorry to hear that the seller is keeping your deposit.
If the contract which the seller presented to you was not in accordance with the terms and conditions you had verbally agreed to, then you certainly were not obligated to sign the contract and the seller has a legal obligation to return your $2,500 because he does not have your signature on any contract that would entitle him to keep your money. If you have tried to get the seller to refund your money and he still refuses, your only recourse is to sue him. You could sue him in Small Claims Court for the return of your $2,500 and you will not need a lawyer in Small Claims Court, so you will not incur legal fees,
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