Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin

Q: Does a realtor have to present a buyer's offer? Can I ask for proof that our offers were presented to the seller?

We have put offers in on multiple properties. We started to offer on the last home on a Thursday. On Monday the realtor asked that we remove a home sale contingency and wrote a new offer that was signed on Monday.. Then on Wednesday they informed me that I had to sign the document again as my significant others signature was on a separate form. The sellers were to respond on Wednesday and now we can't get any answers. We have not received a rejected offer. We really haven't received any information from the realtor.

I do not think our first offer was ever presented and I'm questioning if the second one was. What can we do about this? We offered full asking price with financing and appraisal contingencies only.

We are tired of the realtor games.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Thomas B. Burton
Thomas B. Burton
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: I am sorry to hear about this situation. If your realtor is using the standard offer to purchase form (WB-11 - Residential Offer to Purchase), which is promulgated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, then there is a line at the bottom the realtor should complete that shows the time and date your offer was presented to the seller. See Line 578 on page 10 of this form

You should ask to see a copy of your signed Offer to Purchase from your realtor that shows the date and time it was presented to the Seller. The Seller will then either sign and date to accept the offer, or initial on line 580 to either reject or counter the offer. If you have further questions, I would pay to sit down with an attorney who handles real estate litigation and can examine all of the documents in question and lay out your options for you. Best of luck to you in your home buying journey!

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