Taylorsville, NC asked in Contracts, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for North Carolina

Q: Is there a document a buyer can sign to forfeit a contract for deed, if they are not paying their payments?

The house was sold under contract for deed in 2011, the buyers never made any payments and disappeared after 4 months leaving the county and leaving the home with many repairs. We have been renting the home and have had no luck locating the buyers who disappeared. We want to sell this house but, need to do away with the previously recorded contract for deed. If we can locate the buyers is there a document they can sign to avoid a formal foreclosure and court?

1 Lawyer Answer
Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: If you can locate the buyers, the parties can sign a document that will terminate the contract and any rights the buyers might have to the property. There is not enough detail in your question to determine the current status of the contract. Likely the contract is in breach and you could sue to terminate/rescind the contract depending on the terms of the contract and the facts. I would certainly consult with an attorney on this type of transaction since you will need to pass clean title to a new buyer.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.