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Should I sign an offer to purchase that contains an "Exclusive Negotiating Period"?

You should never sign an offer to purchase that contains a clause with an "exclusive negotiating period" for 30 or 60 days following the date it was signed. Only an unscrupulous broker would ever present such an offer to purchase containing such a clause because it ties up the practice by preventing the seller from considering other offers while the purchaser decides whether or not he wants to go through with the purchase. It ties up the seller and the purchaser can walk away from it anytime he/she wants. This clause means you agree not to negotiate with any other candidate for 30 or 60 days, and accepting an offer from another dentist during that period would be a breach of contract and you could get sued by that unscrupulous broker. This is totally unfair and you should stay away from any broker who is trying to convince you to sign such a clause.
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"Overall it was a great experience. My AFTCO Analyst was very knowledgeable about the process from start to finish. He also put us in contact with people to help us move the process along. The due diligence that was given to us for the practice we purchased allowed us to analyze and make the decision of purchasing much easier. We look forward to working with My AFTCO Analyst and AFTCO again in the future."

Jeff McGee
Tucson, AZ

"We could not have been more pleased with our AFTCO Analyst. He was invaluable in making this practice sale. I will highly recommend him to anyone I know is involved in selling a practice."

John M. Burd, D.M.D.
Mint Hill, NC

"Working with AFTCO was great! My AFTCO Analyst was very professional and answered all of our questions. He was readily available for phone calls and really helped us through the entire process. We had a few bumps and my AFTCO Analyst was very accommodating to help us with a work around."

Ashley M. Paschal, D.M.D.
Sunrise, FL

"My AFTCO Analyst was extremely attentive, reassuring and ALWAYS responded to my concerns in a most rapid manner - very reassuring that I was a priority client."

Dale T. Jacobs, D.D.S.
Dallas, TX