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Real estate promise not set in stone

Sellers break agreement by refusing to repair construction damage
Published on Jul 13, 2004

Dear Barry, The sellers of the home we're buying hired a septic contractor to inspect and pump the septic system. In the course of this work, they cut two sections from the front entry walkway to provide necessary access. But when they were done, they simply set the cut pieces into place in a way that is unsightly, uneven, and likely to trip someone. When we made our offer to purchase this home it had a nice concrete entrance that was pleasing to look at. Now the sellers and their agent say it is up to us to replace the damaged pavement because temporary removal was required to meet the terms of the sale. Do we really have to fix this ourselves, or is it the responsibility of the sellers? – Maureen Dear Maureen, You made an offer to purchase a property in the condition that existed when it was marketed. Since the offer was accepted, that condition was adversely altered by contractors who were hired by the sellers. Therefore, the sellers should take responsibility for the damag...

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