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Trading Services

2. Acting For Sellers

(h) Offers - View Entire Section

(XIV) Time Clauses

Time clauses should be inserted for the protection of the seller when an offer is written or received containing a subject to the sale of clause.

It is important to ensure that the time period is precisely defined (e.g., 72 hours).

Terms such as ‘‘banking days’’, ‘‘working days’’, ‘‘business days’’, etc., should be avoided.

Sale of the Buyer’s Property, with Time Clause

Subject to the Buyer entering into an unconditional agreement to sell the Buyer’s property at (address) on or before (date) .

However, the Seller may, (select either “at any time” or “upon receipt of another acceptable offer”) deliver a written notice to the Buyer* or to (name of his or her representing real estate company) requiring the Buyer to remove all conditions from the contract within (number) hours** of the delivery of the notice, not to include Sundays and Statutory Holidays. Should the Buyer fail to remove all the conditions before the expiry of the notice period, the contract will terminate.

This condition is for the sole benefit of the Buyer.


* See sample following.

** The period usually ranges from 24 to 72 hours, depending on market conditions.

NOTE: This time clause may be adapted to fit other similar circumstances where the subject to clause is really an option. Examples include allowing time to obtain zoning approval, feasibility studies, engineering reports, etc. This clause protects both parties because the property is never completely off the market except for the designated number of hours between the invocation of the time clause and its deadline.

A clause such as the following should be used when a seller wishes to have the buyer with the first accepted offer remove all conditions or withdraw in order for an accepted back-up offer to move into first position. The circumstances for invocation will depend on how the time clause was written in the first offer, with either ‘‘at any time’’ or ‘‘upon receipt of another acceptable offer’’ being the reference to allow invocation.

Notice Invoking the Time Clause (for use with preceding time clause)

This document constitutes written notice from the Seller to the Buyer requiring the removal of (select either all conditions or the condition) from this contract within (number of hours) hours* not including Sunday or Statutory Holidays, or this contract will terminate at the end of the (number of hours)-hour period and the deposit will be returned to the Buyer.

This Time Clause will start running on delivery of this Notice to the Buyer or to (his or her representing brokerage) which will be at (time of delivery of notice) o’clock (select either a.m. or p.m.) on (date)Therefore, the (number of hours) hours will expire at (time) o’clock (select either a.m. or p.m.) on (date).

* Fill in the same number of hours as in preceding clause.

NOTE: When there is a time clause in the first offer and in the second offer, if the offers are not handled carefully, the Seller could lose both offers.

NOTE: The licensee should obtain evidence of the time of delivery as it may be necessary to prove this in the event of a dispute.