Posted by Ed Copp (OH) on June 22, 2001 at 19:13:59:
Since he has an ad in the paper the thing to do here is to eliminate the competition.
You could write him an offer that he would agree to and fax it to him having him sign it and fax it back to you tonight. Thus the competetion is out in the cold.
Now make your offer subject to something. Like subject to an appraisal suitable to the needs of the buyer. Or something else, like a termite inspection or the purchaser being able to borrow funds suitable to the requirements of this transaction.
Get a signature and get in the game, or monday after you go to the court house he will quite likely tell you that the place is already sold.