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Contracts Keyed to Knapp
Normile v. Miller
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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On August 4, Defendant listed a piece of real estate. Normile was shown the property by a real estate broker. Upon seeing the property, Normile and the real estate broker prepared an offer. The offer specified that it must be accepted by 5:00 p.m. on August 5. Defendant received the offer, made several changes, signed and returned the offer to Normile. When the real estate broker presented the counteroffer to Normile, Normile neither accepted nor rejected the counteroffer and indicated that they were going to wait to decide what to do. However, the real estate broker was under the impression that Normile was rejecting the counteroffer based on statements made by Normile. Normile indicated that the increased amount of earnest money and decreased duration of the loan were problematic. On August 5, the same real estate broker went to the home of Segal at approximately 12:30 a.m. At that time Segal signed an offer to purchase the same property with terms very similar to Defendant’s counteroffer. Defendant accepted this offer. At approximately 2:00 p.m., the real estate broker informed Normile that the counteroffer had been revoked by stating “you snooze, you lose; the property has been sold.” Prior to 5:00 p.m. on August 5, Normile initialed Defendant’s counteroffer and delivered it with the earnest money deposit. Normile and Segal filed separate actions, which were consolidated. The trial court granted the Segal’s motion for summary judgment.
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