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Seller refused to close on the date in the real estate contract

Discussion in 'Buying & Selling a Home or Residence' started by h1dden87, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. h1dden87

    h1dden87 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Ran into quite a unfortunate and extremely irratating situation today. We were scheduled to sell our home and purchase a home today, completing back to back closings. As we were putting the last items in our moving truck this morning, about to drive to the house to do the final walk through our realtor calls to tell us the seller is refusing to come to closing and demanding the closing date be moved back four days. We'll this is a problem since we have sold our current home and had planned to move into the new home the same day. After some back and forth the seller essentially is denying that a signed contract with a closing date exists and insists the closing date be moved four days. This is pure delusion. We have the Real Estate contract signed with all parties signatures. At this point she has defaulted on the contract and we are unsure what to do. All of our stuff is in a rental truck and we basically have to live with friends/family/hotel until it's resolved. We would still like to purchase the house but at this point there must be some legal recourse to recoup the damages caused by the delay. I would think you can't just ignore a legally binding document with no consequence...
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Ignoring an alleged or valid contract isn't a crime.

    People ignore contracts everyday with impunity.

    The remedy for either party is to duke it out in court.

    If time is of the essence, going to court will not expedite any delays.

    Going to court will only cause further delays.

    Bottom line there's nothing internet strangers can do to help but wish you well and to seek the counsel of a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.
     
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