What are our rights if we agreed to purchase a home based on a verbal (and texted) agreement with the seller via their realtor and repairs were not made as agreed?

The verbal/texted agreement was for extensive repairs. After we signed papers, the seller decided they wanted to change their mind and do the bare minimum. They must be allowed to do this since their realtor hasn’t told the seller otherwise. Is this correct?

Asked on December 11, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

When you sign a written contract for a home, it supercedes any/all prior discussions. If the repairs were included in the contract you signed, they'd have to make them (and you could sue them breach of contract if they do not, or potentially get out of the sale due to their breach); but if the contract did not include a requirement to make these repairs, the seller is not obligated to make them.


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