Do I owe money if a real estate contract expired?
Question Details: I signed a contract to buy land and have a house built the seller is a builder. There were a lot of delays. Then, 1 month after the last contract extension expired, I terminated the transaction. Now the seller wants me to pay 22k for the well installation, design, etc. I don't think I legally owe any money.
The issue is, who caused the delays and expiration? If it was the seller, such as by not being ready to sell, then the seller breached the contract in a material or important way, and it is likely that you are correct and that the breach means you do not owe the seller any money. (As a general rule, one party's breach of contract enables the other party to treat the contract as terminated by the breach.)
But that is only if the delay and inability to close was due to the seller. If you or any third parties (e.g. your bank, if there were delays were getting mortgage approval) were at fault, you would still be obligated under the contract (only the other party's breach terminates it) and so likely would have to pay compensation or "damages" to the seller.