We were downsizing—not the typical thing to do with 5 young children, but be that as it may—to a small little town, whose claim to fame was the enormous fiberglass egg on a pole near the train tracks. The realtor said she needed another signature on the paperwork, so I drove down to meet her. The addendum read, “All contingencies have been met and this deal is ready to close.” Had the statement been true, I might not have refused, but as it wasn’t, I stubbornly kept my signature to myself until weeks later, when all contingencies actually were met. About a year later, I got a phone call from the embarrassed realtor, who was calling to explain that our home purchase was her first sale, and to apologize for trying to get me to sign that addendum.
Always read contracts carefully, and only sign if you are comfortable with the terms.
Thanks for courage to refuse when necessary.