Policy Revision: Adding a Second Buyer to an Agreement of Purchase and Sale

January 19, 2016

Policy Revision: Adding a Second Buyer to an Agreement of Purchase and Sale

We published an article in January 2016 clarifying the procedure to add new buyers to an accepted Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS). As noted in the article, the procedures were initially developed using a legal opinion provided to the Commission. We recently discovered that this subject was being covered in the 2015/16 mandatory course “20 Timely Topics for Salespeople” using slightly different variations of the policy by the respective course instructors. As a result, compliance staff met with the instructors to re-examine the policy to ensure consistency between the course instructors and the Commission.

We determined that the policy was still in need of a minor revision. We work hard to ensure such procedures are thoroughly analysed and correct to keep such revisions to an absolute minimum and appreciate licensees' cooperation and understanding in getting this right. Please note that the Commission’s inspectors and investigator view the previously published and updated policy correct in transaction files for this time period.

The most significant revision is that the final step is now optional. While it is not contractually required, it is a recommended risk management practice.

STEP ONE: If not already obtained, any additional documents required for buyers such as: Working with the Real Estate Industry form, Buyer (Designated) Brokerage Agreement, Customer Status Acknowledgements, etc. Subscribe Share Past Issues Translate would need to be completed with the new buyer.

STEP TWO: Complete an amendment to the APS, adding the new buyer. The following clauses for the amendment clearly outline the addition of the new buyer (insert the individual’s name where the clauses reference [new party]): “a. [New party] is entering into the amendment to become a party to the agreement of purchase and sale (“the Agreement”) dated* the [date] day of [month] between [name of originally listed buyer] as buyer and [name(s) of seller(s)] as seller. The Agreement and the existing parties to the Agreement are entering into this amendment to accept the [new party] being added to the Agreement as buyer; and” “b. [New party] confirms their acceptance of all of the terms of the Agreement. *Date refers to the date of acceptance.

STEP THREE: The added buyer and all of the original parties must all sign the amendment to the APS consenting to the additional buyer being added.

STEP FOUR: (Optional) Have the added buyer initial and date the bottom of each page of a copy of the original APS, the PDS, the Schedule of Leased/ Rented Equipment and any other relevant real estate documents, as evidence that the new buyer clearly read and understood all terms.

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