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Once the purchaser puts money, full sale amount, in escrow can the seller back out.

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps has the seller taken so far? Have they prepared or filed any paperwork?

Seller hired a title company did the search on property found it to be clear buyers title search turned up an old lien showing from a bank no longer in business, the bank that took over is not showing the lien. Buyer requested proof that lien was satisfied now seller is trying to back out stating buyer waited to long to sign his revised contract, noting to do with said lien. Just to be aware the buyer is leasing the property with the option to buy for the amount that was placed in escrow.

Lawyer's Assistant: Where is the property located?

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I think this is it buyer lawyer states that the acceptance of the escrow by seller s lawyer is a contract

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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Does the contract have any specific provision allowing cancellation?

Is there a fully executed contract?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Sale contract was not signed, the purchaser was waiting for the seller to show proof of no past lien but the seller did accept the money for the property. The lease stating that buyer can purchase for a certain amount had no such clause.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Would prefer to message as I am at work.
Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get. I just ask that you not shoot the messenger.

Unfortunately, under the Statute of Frauds, the law requires certain types of contract to be in writing and signed by the party you wish to enforce the contract against. So, no matter what other action was taken, without a signed contract from the seller, there is no legal obligation to assert against the seller that the court would enforce regarding the sale of the real estate. This is true even if they took the buyer's deposit, let them move in, etc.. Without a written agreement, there is no enforceable contract.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you spinning your wheels on this.

Did you have further questions? Have I answered your question? Please let me know.

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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Buyer has a lease with purchaser which gives the buyer the option to purchase the property at anytime durning the five year lease with the amount stated in the lease. Does this make a difference?
Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

They can sue under the lease to enforce the terms of the option, but for the terms in the contract for sale to be enforceable in court there will need to be a signed contract.

In other words, the option is enforceable, but if the lease does not contain the specific terms of the sale then the buyer/lessee needs an enforceable written sale contract with specific sale terms. Otherwise, they might have a "bad faith" breach of contract claim.

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