Regarding Robert J. Bruss' Real Estate Q&A column responding to sellers who made a deal and then wanted to wiggle out because they later thought they'd sold for too little ("Seller Outsmarted by a 'Nice Couple' " July 16).
The sellers admit they accepted what seemed "very fair" and they entered into a valid, legally enforceable contract of sale. Then they started to talk to neighbors who, as neighbors will, advised them they had sold too cheap.
The sellers should have paid no attention to gossip from neighbors, who are notoriously a very bad source of information regarding the validity of home sales prices. They rarely have any inside dope about why a property sold for a certain price.
Sometimes a seller offers to assist the buyer with financing and asks more money, which the buyer is happy to pay. Improvements on properties can account for a price differential. Concessions made by a seller to facilitate a buyer's special needs (i.e., length of escrow, occupancy date) may justify a higher price.