Escrow And Closing Costs
What contingencies should be put in an offer?
There are two standard
contingencies: a financing contingency, which makes the purchase conditional
on the buyers' ability to obtain a loan commitment from a lender, and
an inspection contingency, which allows the buyers to have professionals
inspect the property to their satisfaction.
A deposit could be forfeited by the buyers under certain circumstances, such as the buyers backing out for a reason not provided for in the contract.
The purchase contract must include the sellers responsibilities, such things as passing clear title, maintaining the property in its present condition until closing and making any agreed-upon repairs to the property.
sometimes pay for all or a portion of the closing costs involved in the
sale of a property, depending on local real estate market conditions,
other terms of the purchase contract, the seller's cash and timing considerations.
Seller concessions, as they are known in real estate jargon, for at least part of the closing costs are more common in a buyer's market than in a seller's market. These concessions will typically be agreed upon during the offer- counteroffer-acceptance cycle, though sometimes a seller will make further concessions during the escrow process. Such concessions would generally be acknowledged in the form of an addendum to the purchase contract.
In addition, most lenders will allow a credit from the seller to the buyer for the buyer's nonrecurring closing costs. But they usually won't allow a credit that reduces the amount of the buyer's down payment, or that includes any of the buyer's recurring closing costs, which include such expenses as fire insurance premiums, interest on the buyer's new loan, property mortgage insurance and property taxes. Lenders policies vary on how large a credit for nonrecurring costs they'll allow.