My buyer client is under contract using the Offer to Purchase and Contract (Form 2-T)...

Legal Q&A | When may a buyer terminate a contract if there is a problem with the seller’s title?

QUESTION: My buyer client is under contract using the Offer to Purchase and Contract (Form 2-T). As a result of his inspections, the buyer wants to negotiate either a reduction in the purchase price or a substantial credit in lieu of repairs. I was preparing an Agreement to Amend Contract (form 4-T) to present to the listing agent for the seller’s consideration when the listing agent called to inform me that she had just found out that there is a problem with the title to the property. The problem can supposedly be fixed if the seller’s sister—who he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years—will sign a quitclaim deed to him.

My question is, may the buyer terminate the contract now for breach of contract and get a refund of his due diligence fee and due diligence costs, or should he still attempt to amend the contract to reduce the purchase price or get a credit in lieu of repairs?


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