If you make a full price offer on a MLS priced house, can the seller refuse the offer?

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  • August 04 2011 - US
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    Profile picture for jcrisalli
    The owner can reject the offer based on the additional terms of the deal.  As Realtors, we should know our sellers well and advise the buyers broker that in addition to a full asking price offer, it must include additional terms....  In many cases, that can save a frustrated buyer that was just told "no" to a full price offer.
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    It might depend on the state.
    In 2008 in Florida I successfully force seller to "perform" after my buyer meet all requirements spelled out in MLS
    • November 01 2013
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    Yes.  This happened a few times in 2008 when agents dropped prices "just to see" where a home would sell even if the seller never agreed to the sale.  It isn't good practice since it can create ill feelings with a buyer who wanted the home purchase, but there is nothing to guarantee offering full price is going to sell it.
    • August 06 2011
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    Profile picture for Jeff Weissman
    Yes, indeed. A seller always has 3 choices: accept, reject, or counter. List price on a home is not like the price on a can of beans. In many cases, in fact, it is merely a marketing tool used to attract the highest and best offers. Or, sometimes, it is a reflection of a seller's irrational belief in the value of his/her home.
    • August 06 2011
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    Profile picture for Sharon Lewis
    No one can be 'forced to sell' if they havent signed on the dotted line
    • August 06 2011
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    Absolutely.   You did not elaborate on the other terms of a given offer.  Perhaps the close date is not acceptable, or excessive sellers concessions in closing costs and / or items to convey. 
    • August 04 2011
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    Profile picture for sunnyview
    Yes. Sellers can refuse any offer even a full price, cash offer with no inspections if they choose.
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    Home sellers can decide to take any offer they wish just as long as they have not accepted any other offers.

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    Profile picture for wetdawgs
    Yes, of course they can.
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