Legal FAQs for REALTORS®
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A seller authorized me to advertise in the MLS that her refrigerator conveys with the sale. But when she sold her property, her contract didn’t mention the refrigerator at all, so she took it when she moved. The buyer says she should have left it since it was advertised as conveying with the sale in the MLS listing. Does the seller have to give the buyer the refrigerator? (updated February 2, 2016)
No. If the signed contract does not state that the refrigerator conveys with the property, the seller does not have to leave it. Previous negotiations and advertisements, such as in the MLS, aren’t enforceable like a contract signed by the parties. This situation is an example of why agents should help clients ensure all material items of prior agreements are contained in the signed contract.
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