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    • stu-vfr
    • By stu-vfr 14th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    Selling a house question.
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    • 14th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
    Selling a house question. 14th Jun 17 at 2:58 PM
    I am the executor for my late mothers estate and there is a house to sell. I have received an offer and I don't know what to do.

    I have received an offer of (say) 100k cash, they can pay immediately but that's well below the asking price.
    They are willing to pay (say) another 20k which is near the asking price but they will have to sell there house first.

    Sooooooo my question is this. Is there a way that they can pay the 100k so that I don't loose the sale and they don't loose the house and then pay the remaining 20 when their house is sold?

    I hope somebody can help.

    Thank you
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    • jbainbridge
    • By jbainbridge 14th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
    What's the rush? If you want to accept their better offer - tell them they have X months to sell their house and complete.

    Are you the sole beneficiary of the estate - otherwise you should be selling it for the best price - not at a discount.
    Last edited by jbainbridge; 14-06-2017 at 3:45 PM.
    • ellie27
    • By ellie27 14th Jun 17, 3:05 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:05 PM
    So would you happily give them the house if they give you £100k cash. And hope that in the not too distant future you get £20k from them? What happens if they don't sell the house?

    Just hold off for a reasonable offer, you should have an idea of what offer would be respectable?
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 14th Jun 17, 3:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 3:13 PM
    Would it not be possible to agree the 100k as deposit, and exchange on that basis?
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 14th Jun 17, 5:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 5:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 5:13 PM
    Sounds a lot of hassle and risk. Keep it on the market until they have all the money, or somebody else does.
    • saajan_12
    • By saajan_12 14th Jun 17, 6:07 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 6:07 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 6:07 PM
    What if they don't ever sell their house? Would you be happy to only get 100k? It's perfectly normal to sell in a chain, so when they find a buyer for their house, everyone does the searches/surveys etc and then exchange on the same day, to complete on the same day. Until they find a buyer and the chain is fully formed, I would leave it on the market if I were you. Go for the highest realistic offer from a proceedable buyer (ie. their property is under offer if they need to sell, they have access to any deposit funds invested elsewhere within a month)
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 14th Jun 17, 6:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 6:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 6:13 PM
    I am the executor for my late mothers estate and there is a house to sell. I have received an offer and I don't know what to do.

    I have received an offer of (say) 100k cash, they can pay immediately but that's well below the asking price.
    They are willing to pay (say) another 20k which is near the asking price but they will have to sell there house first.

    Sooooooo my question is this. Is there a way that they can pay the 100k so that I don't loose the sale and they don't loose the house and then pay the remaining 20 when their house is sold?
    Originally posted by stu-vfr
    If they are serious about wanting the house and already have £100k available, they should be able to raise the other £20k without too much trouble.

    Are you sure they aren't trying it on, hoping that you'll sell for the £100k?
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 14th Jun 17, 7:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 7:13 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 7:13 PM
    What if they don't ever sell their house? Would you be happy to only get 100k? It's perfectly normal to sell in a chain, so when they find a buyer for their house, everyone does the searches/surveys etc and then exchange on the same day, to complete on the same day. Until they find a buyer and the chain is fully formed, I would leave it on the market if I were you. Go for the highest realistic offer from a proceedable buyer (ie. their property is under offer if they need to sell, they have access to any deposit funds invested elsewhere within a month)
    Originally posted by saajan_12

    What if this is the highest realistic offer?
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 14th Jun 17, 7:46 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 7:46 PM
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    • 14th Jun 17, 7:46 PM
    I have received an offer of (say) 100k cash, they can pay immediately but that's well below the asking price.
    They are willing to pay (say) another 20k which is near the asking price but they will have to sell there house first.

    Sooooooo my question is this. Is there a way that they can pay the 100k so that I don't loose the sale and they don't loose the house and then pay the remaining 20 when their house is sold?
    Originally posted by stu-vfr
    The usual thing to do would be say that the offer of £120k is acceptable, but you will leave the property on the market until they've sold their house and are able to proceed.


    Then if somebody else comes along and offers £120k in the meantime, and is able to proceed straight away - you go with them instead.

    Or if somebody else comes along and offers, say, £117k, and is able to proceed straight away - you have a difficult decision to make.
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 14th Jun 17, 10:13 PM
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    It will be less stressful just to take the 100k cash and be done with it, before they change their mind. IMO.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 14th Jun 17, 10:25 PM
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    As an Executer you have a legal duty to get a fair price for the property. Selling it below the market value could leave you open to legal action.

    Have you

    * valued the property properly?
    * valued the Estate?
    * dealt with Inheritance Tax?
    * obtained Probate?

    Get these under control, then look to sell.
    • csgohan4
    • By csgohan4 15th Jun 17, 7:26 AM
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    I smell a scam, Op don't get taken for a ride, sell it at market price, don't be rushed
    "It is prudent when shopping for something important, not to limit yourself to Pound land"
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 15th Jun 17, 8:36 AM
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    In the immortal words of Obi Wan Kenobi, "This is not the buyer you're looking for...."
    'It's a terrible thing to wait until you're ready…..Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.' Hugh Lawrie.
    • stu-vfr
    • By stu-vfr 15th Jun 17, 3:05 PM
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    Thank you for your replys. Very helpful !!!55357;!!!56722;
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 15th Jun 17, 3:12 PM
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    Putting aside the legal implications arising from an executor not getting a fair price for the property, and the fact that the plan sounds and smells like a scam, no, OP, you can't have your cake and eat it.

    Ultimately, this is an example of delayed gratification: does one take a smaller amount now, or a larger amount at some point in the future?
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