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Ely, Counselor at Law
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We were in contract to purchase a house here in San Antonio,

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We were in contract to purchase a house here in San Antonio, Tx and rescinded the contract after two extensions for the seller to finish repair work agreed upon. There were numerous times where the seller stated the work was done, and we would discover that the work had not been completed to agreement. We ended up rescinding the contract and immediately released ernest funds to the seller. We have now received an email from the seller demanding payment for repairs that were requested. Is this legal?
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Texas
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: filed or reported???
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: We also fould that the seller misrepresented the seller disclosure for water penetration, which we discoverd when our insurance company denied coverage due to past claims. The seller had been paid over $9,000.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 8 months ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. This all depends on whether or not you walking away from the contract was warranted.

If your walking away from the contract was warranted, then the seller has no one but themselves to blame for the money they put in anticipating the sale, but the sale not going through.

However, if the seller can somehow argue that your breach was not warranted, then they can pursue you for the money that they paid the contractors to fix up the property in anticipation of the sale.

So what someone in your situation wants to do is to send a letter (using an attorney is best), arguing that the breach of contract was warranted due to fraud and misrepresentation, and the seller has no one but themselves to blame for any money lost in repairs anticipating the would be sale.

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