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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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"AFTCO made the difficult process of selling my practice very simple, and helped me in every phase along the way. My AFTCO Analysts were very nice to work with, were as attentive as could be, and always available to discuss any hiccups along the way. They made everything very simple for me, in other words, THEY did all the work, and this was a BIG bonus for me, as other companies wanted ME to do all the work, and pay them to evaluate my practice. Overall, I would gladly, and enthusiastically recommend anyone I know to work with AFTCO on buying or selling a practice."

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Durham, NC

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Shelby Township, MI

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Mary L. King, D.D.S.
Wilmington, NC

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Royal Oak, MI