Do I HAVE to sell my house?

What if you put your home on the market and then change your mind about selling.  Do you still have to sell your home EVEN if you get an offer that matches everything EXACTLY as you asked (date, asking price, inclusions, exclusions)? No you do not, but the general public does not know this. 

The case in point is a client of mine.  They are interested in a gorgeous condo that has been renovated top to bottom.  They would like to put in an offer conditional on the sale of their home.  The Seller will not accept a conditional offer as they have just done a major price reduction and feel a conditional sale may scare away a firm sale.  I have explained to my client that we can prepare their home for sale (declutter, freshen the home up, rearrange furniture/stage it) and then list it.  While their home is on the market, if someone else puts an offer in on the condo they want to buy, then we just take their home off the market.  Seems simple doesn't it?

The problem is (and everyone seems to think this)....if they get an offer that matches exactly what they were asking, but the home they want sold before they could put in an offer, they MUST accept the offer on their current home.  NO you do NOT have to sell your home if you change your mind.  It is akin to getting married - you have arranged the caterer, everyone is sitting in the seats watching the ceremony but until you say "I do" you are not married.  My client pointed out that you would still have to pay the caterer.  The way real estate is generally set up in Ontario, the realtor is responsible for the advertising costs, so the loss is absorbed by the Realtor, not the Seller.  I do not enjoy throwing my advertising money out the window but if I know my client is sincere about selling and then the property they want is no longer available, ultimately I want what is best for my client.

Don't let this common misunderstanding stop you from pursuing a property you are interested in.

Have a wonderful day, Summer

Summer Rea
Sales Representative

CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
467 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
L6K 3S4
905.845.9180 Office
905.845.7674 Fax Rea
Cell: 416-844-8406

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