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Purchase Disputes

Real Estate Purchase Disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California

When a purchase or sale of real estate fails due to an undisclosed property defect, a title defect or simply by the other party's failure to perform on the agreement, the impact can be costly.

Early intervention is key when a real estate purchase dispute arises. It is in both parties' interest to mitigate the financial costs and lost opportunity.

M C Hall & Associates, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, has provided practical and sophisticated real estate law services to buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, investors, and developers for more than 25 years. We protect the rights of buyers and sellers of residential or commercial property who are involved in purchase disputes, and work to resolve those disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation.

If you are involved in a real estate purchase dispute, we invite you to contact us by e-mail or at 415-512-9865 to discuss your situation with an attorney.

Issues That Can Create Problems in the Sale and Purchase of Real Estate

The most common issues that put a purchase agreement at risk are discovered during title registry or shortly after the buyer has taken possession:

  • Title defects can include unresolved community property claims arising from divorce or lack of transferrable title due to incomplete probate.
  • Environmental or zoning defects can make the property essentially without value for the purpose specified in the purchase contract.
  • Undisclosed structural defects fundamentally change the fair value of the property and can be cause for reversing the deal.

In some cases, one party may sign the purchase agreement but fail to carry through on their contractual obligations nonetheless. For example, a buyer may become unsatisfied with the negotiated agreement if real estate values decrease sharply. Or, the seller may simply have a change of heart when circumstances change.

Many real estate contracts have a very limited scheme in place to prevent breach and account for damages, typically calling for forfeitures of certain up-front costs such as earnest money. When foreseeable damages far exceed those amounts, however, the contract's forfeiture provisions may not be the only protection available.

At M C Hall & Associates, we have been resolving purchase disputes for nearly 30 years. We know how to protect our clients' rights.

Most clients prefer to have some control over the outcome of their cases and appreciate the flexibility offered by mediation. When arbitration or litigation is called for however, we are experienced trial lawyers with a track record of success.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney regarding real estate purchase disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, please contact us by e-mail or call us at 415-512-9865.