Contingencies are conditions that must be met before a real estate transaction can be completed. They are commonly used to protect buyers and sellers by providing a way to back out of the sale if certain conditions are not met.
The pros of contingencies for buyers include the ability to back out of the sale if they are unable to obtain financing, if the property does not pass inspections, or if they are not satisfied with the results of the title search. This can provide peace of mind and protection against potential financial loss.
The cons of contingencies for buyers include the fact that they can make an offer less attractive to sellers, who may prefer a more straightforward, non-contingent offer. Additionally, buyers may have to waive contingencies in order to make their offer more attractive to sellers.
Sellers usually prefer an offer with no contingencies. That doesn’t mean the deal has to close immediately. There may be other factors involved such as tax implications or moving to a new house that would require a lengthier contract period, but regardless, contingencies are more of an advantage on the buyers side. Some contingencies may allow the seller to back out of a contract if the buyer doesn’t perform or if the property doesn’t meet certain standards such as inspections or appraisals, but ultimately the onus is on the buyer or buyers lender to create those standards.
It’s important for both parties to consider the potential benefits and drawbacks and to make an informed decision about whether to include contingencies in their offer or accept an offer that is contingent. It’s also important for buyers to understand that waiving contingencies can potentially increase the risk of financial loss if the transaction doesn’t go as planned.
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