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Wagers v. Associated Mortgage Investors
Citation:Washington Court of Appeals, 1978. 19 Wash. App. 758, 577 P.2d 622.
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Robert L. Wagers (Plaintiff) was a building contractor who negotiated with Associated Mortgage Investors (Defendant) for the purchase of 104 building lots. Plaintiff submitted an earnest money agreement to defendant to purchase the lots for $250,000 in cash. Defendant informed plaintiff that its board of investors had approved plaintiff’s earnest money agreement to purchase the property for $270,000. Defendant returned plaintiff’s earnest money agreement. Plaintiff approved of the new price, and in reliance on the sale, began to obtain the necessary financing. Defendant later informed plaintiff via letter that they needed to obtain further approvals from the board and clear title before approving the sale, but that they intended to sell the properties to plaintiff on the terms discussed. Defendant made it clear in the letter that it did not believe a binding agreement had been made.
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