Wisconsin Real Estate Purchase Agreement

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The Wisconsin residential real estate purchase agreement (“residential real estate purchase contract”) is a contract that is used when placing an offer to purchase real estate. The agreement initiates the negotiation process by indicating the buyer’s offer to acquire the property.

Included in the offer will be the purchase price and additional conditions established by the buyer. The seller will have an assigned period in which they can respond to the offer before it expires. During this time, the seller may alter the terms by submitting to the buyer a counteroffer. Should both parties agree on the purchase conditions, they can sign the document to create a legally binding commitment to transfer ownership of the property.

Required Seller Disclosures in Wisconsin

Residential real estate purchase agreements commonly contain promises and provisions guaranteeing a property’s condition. Many states legally require sellers to disclose explicit information concerning a property’s condition. In states where this is required and a seller willfully hides such information, they can be sued for fraud.

In Wisconsin, sellers are required to complete a real estate purchase agreement and the following property condition disclosure statement for the agreement to be considered legally binding:

Real Estate Condition Report. Wisconsin law requires sellers to provide a real estate condition report to the potential buyer within ten days of accepting an offer to purchase. (709.01)