Missed something in counter offer

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Missed something in counter offer

We are selling our home ourselves. I
sent a counter offer but the buyer
hasn’t responded yet. We did include a
new closing date to allow time to find a
replacement. I did not include a
contingency on purchasing a new home. I
updated it and sent it after the
deadline. Are we ok? Can they force us
to sell?

Asked on November 16, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If they accept the counter, they can force you to sell--if you make an offer (or counter) to someone and they accept it, that forms a contract; and contrats are legally enforceable. You may wish to send them a communication stating that they have until the end of the business day to accept the offer or else it will be withdrawn.

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