Can acceptance of an offer in an email be upheld?

I submitted an offer on the 9th. On the 15th the offer was accepted via email with the seller’s agent. With verbal communication from the agent saying the purchase agreement will be

signed and delivered that evening. Later that evening an email was received with a disagreement to the contract which the agent failed to present to his client. We came to

agreement via email. On the 16th, still no signed purchase agreement. After asking the agent numerous times, when I will be receiving it, he responds via email, that another offer was received early in the evening and taken into consideration. Can the written acceptance in email uphold for this deal?

Asked on June 17, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A contract requires an offer and an acceptance.  The acceptance is effective upon dispatch by any reasonable mode of communication such as email.
Therefore, you had an enforceable contract when you accepted the offer by email. The other party is bound by the terms of the agreement.

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