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You are correct that you can rescind your offer. Under a legal doctrine called the Statue of Frauds, any contracts related to real estate have to be in writing in order to be legally binding and signed by both parties. The courts have interpreted the term "writing" to be an actual paper contract listing the terms of the agreement on it and then personally signed by the parties.
So with no written paper contract, you have no binding legal document that would hold up in court.
That doesn't even get into the incorrect information aspect which would also give you legal grounds to terminate, even with a written contract, under the legal doctrine of Mistake..
Yes, unless this was sent on a piece of paper, it doesn't count.... emails don't count as a contract in the legal world.
And if he printed it out, signed it and mailed it to you, that is just him offering to sell under your terms until you sign it.
And even then, since you are referring to a completely different acreage, that is the mistake that would allow you to claim that you meant the 9.44 acre parcel.
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Ok, just to be clear here...did he send you a physical piece of paper that he signed in ink? Not a scanned signed copy...
And if so, did you also sign that piece of paper in ink next to his signature in ink?
And if so, did you send that piece of paper with both signatures in ink back to him?
Ok, then you are good here... It takes two ink signatures on a piece of paper to make a binding contract for real estate.
And no worries, I completely understand..