How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Tina Your Own Question
Tina, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 5436
Experience:  17 years of legal experience including real estate law.
Type Your Real Estate Law Question Here...
Tina is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Seller cheated buyer in real estate purchase

Customer Question

Please do not respond unless you are licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. On March 1, 2014 my wife and I entered into a contract to buy a house in Auburndale, FL. We were living in California at the time and made the offer to buy the house from information listed on the internet. The listing gave the “Square Foot Heated” at 2827 sq. ft. It also gave the legal description as S 210.18 FT of N 585.18 FT of SE1/4 of NW1/4. This was also the legal description that was written into our real estate purchase contract. The lot was about 430 ft. deep. We believed that we were buying a house with a lot that was 210.18 ft wide. (The listing did say 1.57 acres but did not try to calculate this) We also believed the living space to be 2827 sq. ft. We had to sell our house in CA and also get a loan in order to buy this property. To make a 3000 mile move like this was a very large and stressful undertaking. After selling our home in CA and moving out, and really at the last minute, we discovered from the appraisal that the house was only 2345 sq ft. We also discovered that the lot was only 160.18 ft wide, 50 ft. less then what we were told originally. By this time were already moved out of our original home and we were way into the loan process (which took about five weeks). We felt pressured to go ahead and do the transaction even though we felt cheated. We closed on May 15, 2014 and moved in the same day. At this time do we have any legal recourse for the seller not delivering what they promised in the original listing and contract?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Real Estate Law