Definition : Prior-contract

Agreement by which the parties agree on the rules under which they subsequently intend to make a commitment. The offer to purchase and the preliminary contract constitute a prior-contract. In order for there to be a transfer of the right of ownership, the deed of sale must be signed by the vendor and the purchaser. 

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The sale of a residential immovable to a physical person who buys it to live in it, irrespective that it is already built or to be built by a builder or developer, must necessarily (it is required by Law) be preceded by a preliminary contract.
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  You have found the apartment of your dreams. At last, you will buy the property  you have coveted. But before signing the offer to purchase, nagging doubts are in the back of your mind, you have many questions:
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After reaching an agreement on the conditions of sale with a builder or developer, you will be asked to sign a preliminary contract.
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An offer to purchase is prepared before the purchase of an already built property contrary to new or to be built condos, in which cases, you will be shown a preliminary contract. Even though it is not compulsory under the Law, the offer to purchase is a necessary step on the path leading to a transaction for the majority of buyers. Generally in writing, it is the first step which leads to a deed of purchase. Prepared generally on a standard form by the real-estate broker, the offer to purchase is in reality a preliminary contract.
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Once the apartment of your dreams in your price range found, the next step is to make an offer to purchase, either verbally or in writing. Although the verbal option is legally valid, it is better to formalize it in writing. L’Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) (the Quebec Organization for the Self-Regulation of Real Estate Brokerage) imposes a rule of ethics, namely that all acting real estate brokers must record in writing the intention of the parties to enter into real estate transaction.
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