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In VA, how long does a seller have to resound to an offer (by law)?

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  • June 11 2011 - Newport News
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To my knowledge there is not such a law, but then I am not an attorney and I do not reside in your state.  A good rule of thumb is to write down the timetable for a response in the contract, in VA or not.   By the way are you being represented by a buyer agent, or did you write your own offer?
  • June 12 2011
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Hi Ptsdrgn,

There is no such law, howver, you can specify a date in your offer which, in effect, makes it a "law" of type.

The seller is not obligated to even respond that they received your offer.

Jim, American Bank

  • June 12 2011
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Communicating your time limit on your contract is the only way.
In my experience, we still get responses way after the deadline, but then it's my buyer's choice not to proceed if we already found something different (or better).

It can littleraly takes weeks sometimes, especially if its an REO as opposed to a standard sale.


Good luck!

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In Virginia there is no law that obligates the seller to respond within certain time frame - and there should NOT be such law.

Contract is strictly between the seller and the buyer. You can have a specific date written into the offer, if time is of the essence. Most sellers do not want to lose an offer and respond within a few days, if the offer is good and acceptable.
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