Maybe – it depends upon the precise language of the contract. Most standard real estate contracts contain the following provision: “Settlement to be on or before ______________ (‘Settlement Date’).” So the question becomes whether this requires settlement on or before the settlement date. Or, stated differently: “Am I in breach of the contract if I do not close by the settlement date?”
My last blog post focused on how title to real estate passes after death of the property owner. This post will focus on the power to sell real estate after death. The main issue related to the sale of the decedent’s real estate is whether the Executor of the estate possesses the power to sell or the authority to sell. The source of the power will typically be either express or implied.