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Can a person back out of a sale of real estate if they are mad at one of the people buying the property

Johnstown, PA |

we have been trying to buy this property for about a year now

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Being angry at a party to a real estate transaction, without more, is not a basis for backing out of the transaction unless there is also breach of the contact.

Thomas Kenny

Thomas Kenny


If you have an existing contract liking someone is not a requirement to contract. I have had numerous settlements where the parties don't like each other. You may need to bring legal action if they do not comply with the contract


Not unless there is a breach of the agreement of sale. Have a real estate lawyer review the agreement of sale and facts to determine if there is a basis to void the agreement.


The short answer is of course a person (you do not say if it is you or the seller) can back out of a real estate transaction for any reason, or no reason at all. The more complicated answer concerns the legal consequenses for such action. The Agreement of Sale (if any) will give you some of the answers, but you should review it with an experienced Real Estate Attorney and not count on the advice of a real estate agent. If the buyer (you) is backing out, the default provisions tell you what the consequenses might be. If the seller is backing out, it becomes very tricky; if you really, really still want the house, you may need to file an action in Specific Performance, and a Lis Pendens to keep the seller fromselling to someone else. Or you can just try to reach an amicable agreement with this person and move along with the transaction. Good luck.

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