Posted by Russ Sims on March 11, 2003 at 11:51:02:
A fill-in-the-blanks form works well. That way it looks like a “standard” form that everyone uses, and it allows you to be flexible in case last minute negotiations require revisions. Both parties should initial every page that doesn’t call for a signature. Changes should be initialed and it should be notarized so that you can record the contract with the county. Once recorded, the contract clouds the title to help prevent the owner from selling to someone else.