Seller Can Continue to Show House

On September 2, 2012, in Litigation, Real Estate, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Seller Can Continue to Show House

Is it correct that the seller can continue to show house, after the buyer signs the real estate sales contract?


This question comes up rather often. Typically, the scenario plays out like this: the buyer signs the contract first and returns it to the seller for his/her signature. The seller holds the contract, does not sign it, and continues to show the property. There really isn’t much the buyer can do to prohibit the showings. The buyer can threaten to revoke the offer to purchase if the seller does not sign the contract in a timely manner. Of course, a “fully executed” (signed by buyer and seller) contract gives the buyer some recourse. However, a seller continuing to show their home after signing a sales contract may not be considered breach or anticipatory breach of contract.  But the buyer may want to take some action to enforce the real estate sales contract. Your attorney will be in the best position to advise you in this situation.

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