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Acceptance Deadline vs. Response Deadline

July 11, 2018

Author: UAR

Frequently on the legal hotline and in classes I hear agents talk about response deadlines. There is not a response deadline in the REPC. There is an acceptance deadline. Let me illustrate why it matters.

Say a Buyer submits an offer with an acceptance deadline of today at 6:00 p.m. This simply means that the Seller has until 6:00 p.m. to accept the terms of this offer.

1) So what happens if the Seller accepts at 5:00 p.m.? Not a trick question…Buyer and Seller are under contract.

2) What happens if the Seller counters at 4:00 p.m.? Simply creates a new offer that the Buyer may accept, reject, or counter.

3) What happens if the Seller counters at 7:00 p.m.? Same as #2.

4) What happens if the Seller counters 3 MONTHS from now? Same as #2.

You see an acceptance deadline is simply a time period in which to ACCEPT the offer. However, a Buyer or Seller are free to respond to an offer at any time they would like. A Seller is free to counter the Buyer’s offer after the offer has expired because the Seller’s counteroffer is a new offer that stands on its own and has a new acceptance deadline for the Buyer.

***The Seller does not need to extend or mention the Buyer’s original acceptance deadline in the Seller’s counteroffer.

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