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What to do if a seller refuses to make repairs once they agreed in writing on the buyer inspection c

  • September 12 2012 - Memphis
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If the seller agreed to make repairs in writing and then they refused to do so, they are clearly in breach of contract. Buyer recourse is to sue the seller but it would make more sense to have the Realtors concerned work together with both parties to resolve the problem.

That does assume the buyer had the good sense to be represented by a Realtor other than the seller's agent.
  • September 12 2012
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I have same situation. After the inspection I asked for certain items to be repaired and they agreed to do that in a signed contract. But yet now they only want to do some of them and only some of them there own way not the way it says in contract. So I'm curious to what rights I have as a home buyer to enforce them to do what is agreed upon in the contract....anyone know?
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If the seller agreed to make the repairs then that is what they are liable to do, they signed the agreement and are now bound to that agreement. Options at this point are for the listing agent and your buyer's agent to discuss alternatives that will work for both parties (credit towards closing costs, etc.) and/or for you to talk with a real estate attorney. I hope you can get everything to work out and in the end be able to purchase your new home and enjoy it for years to come. ~LB
  • September 19 2012
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@Tim Moore, we had an inspection on the house we're buying.  When the report was presented to the seller of the fixes we wanted done, before we proceed, the seller agreed on the repair counter proposal to fix the repairs listed in the inspection contingency notification.  Now the seller is saying that she doesn't want to fix one of the items because of the price, however, I have a signed contract between the seller and buyer showing agreement of the items that will be fixed by the seller. 
  • September 19 2012
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Just thought, if you don't Realtor working for contract a real estate attorney!
  • September 12 2012
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What do you mean they agree on the buyer inspection? Do you mean the seller agreed the buyer can have an inspection? If so that is normal. The seller does not have to fix anything, and you don't have to buy the house. It comes down to a game of chicken sometimes, you want the HVAC replaced and the seller says NO. You have the option to walk away. Bottom line is they don't have to fix anything. Your recourse is to walk away and take your earnest money back.
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Talk to your agent, if it is in writing the Sellers are in default of the contract. You have rights!
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