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Unfortunately, a verbal agreement for real estate is not legally enforceable under a legal doctrine called the "Statute of Frauds" which requires any contract regarding the sale or transfer of real estate to be in writing.
So I am sorry to say it, but unless it is in writing, it isn't legally binding and you wouldn't have any recourse to force them to sell to you..
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