Re: owners move back L/O - Posted by JohnBoy
Posted by JohnBoy on March 30, 2002 at 13:41:03:
Actually, even with a written amount up front doesn’t give you much control. With something being written in the contract it could certainly “help” should you want to buy it back, but your control is limited to your buyer living up to that end of the agreement.
Let’s say you have an option to buy back the property and a year later you have someone that is offering you more for the property. That’s sounds all great BUT, what happens when the buyer says they don’t want to sell? Hey, they agreed to sell it back according to the agreement! True, but now they changed their minds! They claim they didn’t understand that part or whatever. They claim the property is worth a lot more than that and unless you agree to their terms they will refuse to honor it! Now what? Now you have to take them to court and sue for specific performance. You know how long that could take and how costly it can get? Sellers back out of contracts all the time. In most cases it isn’t worth pursuing because by the time you go through the legal channels your profit is eaten up in costs and if you had a buyer willing to pay more they’re long gone by the time this gets hashed out through the courts! That means to keep your buyer and get the property right away you’re going to have to give them more just to settle it so you don’t lose your buyer! That puts them back in control! If they just roll over and go along with everything then great, but if they have seconds thoughts or get wise about it, you lost control. You may have legal recourse to enforce the buy back, but that will take time and money and there still is no guarantee a Judge will up hold it and rule in your favor.
Although just having the clause wouldn’t hurt. But it offers no guarantees.
Also, what’s to stop your buyer from going to your buyer and dealing with them and cutting you out? Once your contract is up with your buyer they either buy or walk. If they go to buy and you’re trying to buy it back you are at the point of having to decide to go through with the sale or tying everything up and fighting it out in court. You risk losing your case and in the end your profit is in the toilet in legal costs trying to fight it out through the courts. So in the end win or lose, you still lose!
As far as the last part of statement saying they can demand whatever crazy amount they want and you’re at their mercy…you still are regardless, if they decide to fight you on it.
But I guess it’s also how you look at it. I wouldn’t view it as being at their mercy because I’m the one who agreed to sell to them in the first place! I got MY price and terms that I wanted. THEY were the one’s that were at my mercy in order to get the property in the first place. I got better than most in the area for the property and now I should cry later that I’m at their mercy because I have someone else willing to pay me more for it? I don’t see it that way.
Anyhow, if they held out on you in the end and refused to sell it back to you, what do you really think the chances would be of you winning in court over it if you took it that far? Yeah, Judge, they agreed to pay my inflated price and they have lived up to their end of the agreement, but Judge, they agreed to sell it back if I decided to buy it back. Why do you want to buy it back so bad, especially for more than what they paid you? Because I have another buyer that will give me more for it, Judge! Hey, they agreed to this and a contract is a contract! So you want to just buy it back so you can turn around and profit more from it just because you have someone else willing to pay you more. Well, yeah, Judge, that is correct, but that’s what they agreed to!
Somehow I don’t see a Judge ruling in your favor and meanwhile you’re out all that money trying to fight it and your buyer is long gone by the time the matter is settled anyway!
Back to square one. You are at their mercy no matter what because they are in possession and without their co-operation you are SOL!
We can put anything we want in a contract, but just because we put something in it doesn’t mean it will hold up in court.