You have a right to refuse to sell your home...sometimes

As a homeowner ready to sell your home, you want to make sure your home goes into good hands. One thing you may want to know is if you can legally refuse to sell your home to a willing buyer. You can, but there are times when your refusal may break the law.

There are fortunately a number of reasons you can choose to refuse to sell that are legal. For example, you could state that the offer wasn't high enough. You might also change your mind and state that you no longer want to sell your home. You can also refuse to sell the home if you believe the buyer won't be able to obtain financing. If you accept an offer from someone who then can't get financing, it does waste your time and could prevent you from getting better offers on your home.

There are other reasons why you might want to refuse to sell a home that are illegal. For example, you can't refuse to sell a home to a couple because they're from the Middle East or because they're African American. You can't refuse to sell the home to a homosexual couple due to their sexual preferences. You can't consider the person's familial status, race or color when determining if you want to make the sale.

It's a good idea to talk to your attorney if you want to refuse a buyer's offer for a reason not listed above. You need to make sure you don't violate the law while protecting your rights as a homeowner. Our site has more information about what to do when you're selling a home.