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What would you do?Recently I found this quote on a website from Rich Dad …. “Always Make Money in a Win-Win Situation ~

Always make money in a win-win situation. Everyone involved in the transaction should be satisfied and feel like a winner.

If you make money at someone else’s expense, it will come back to you in a negative way. Remember, what goes around, comes around” 

This quote reminded me of a situation that recently came up between 2 couples that we have been mentoring, of which one of them is a JV Partner in a property with us, and the other couple a potential JV Partner.

Our current JV partners decided they would like to sell one of the properties that we co-own with a 50% share.  We agreed with them that the timing was appropriate and that a substantial capital gain could be had by all parties.  We had held the property for approx 2 years.  They have only $ 8000 capital invested and we have each been recieving excellent cash flow payments for approx 18 months.

The existing mortgage on title is held in their name, and as a result, they have final say & signatures on the sales deal.  Together, with the help of a Real Estate agent, we decided on a selling price. 

An offer came in, it was accepted by our partners (with our blessings) and the paperwork began… with the anticipation of a quick closing.  Also of interest is that both the purchasers and the sellers are business acquaintances of each other and both are mentored by us.

As in all things in life, hiccups and challenges will arise when one least expects them.  In this case, the hiccup came in regards to the quick close anticipated.  Due to some inexperience in the sellers end, handwritten notes were made on the purchase offer, and the offer needed to be altered, prepared again and then signed.  All creating some time delays.  To add to the time challenge, the legal team (acting for both sides) had summer holidays interfere with the timeliness of the documentation being prepared.  All normal.  Perhaps a little annoying, but certainly not unacceptable or unusual.

As in most real estate deals, an appraisal was required in ordered to prepare for bank financing.  The appraisal was paid for by the purchasers, and the appraiser was chosen by the bank.  The appraisal came in at approximately $ 35,000 higher than the agreed upon selling price.  The seller asked the purchaser at what value the apprasial came in.  The buyer (who was reluctant to share the information), felt she had no choice but to reveal the appraised price with total honesty ~ and told the seller of the appraised value

Here is where the ethical question comes in. 

The time lapse created an opportunity for the seller to legally back out of the sales agreement….. What would you do?

In a future blog I will release the ending to this real life dilemma… Stay tuned!  In the mean time, I would love you to share your thoughts on this situation.  What would you do?  What do you think should happen?  I look forward to your comments!