Terminating a Contract

(This is a guest post by Craig Blackmon, an attorney in Seattle whose practice focuses on residential real estate — see www.lawofficeofcraigblackmon for more information. Please note that this post is not legal advice. You should consult an attorney for specific legal counsel.)

Last week, the Washington Appellate Court decided a case dealing with a buyer’s termination of a purchase and sale agreement. The case will not be published, and accordingly it has no precedential value for similar cases in the future. Nonetheless, the case does provide some interesting insight on the factors a buyer should consider before walking away from a purchase and sale agreement.

In Silvers v. Lee, the seller (Ms. Silver) and the buyers (Mr. and Mrs. Lee) entered into a standard MLS form purchase and sale agreement (the “PSA

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