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Your Home Auction Has Finished ? 8 Tips To A Faster Completion

Jan 15, 2008
Your home auction has ended and your buyer has made an offer for your home and has created an 'offer to purchase' agreement. If you have not studied a real estate contract, it might be a good idea for you to look at one. By studying a blank real estate contract it will give you some insight and will make the buyer's offer easier to understand. You will be able to recognize terms being used by the buyer, which may not be standard or may be unusual in some way.

If the buyer of your home auction has added to the "special clause" box, placed above the signature, you will want to read and understand these special demands. For example the buyer may ask you to cover some of the closing costs, which the seller is not usually responsible for, or the buyer may want you move by a particular date specified in the box. Whatever you do check for this- you don't want to be out on the streets if your new home is not ready. And whatever you do check the special clause box as well!

There are some things you might want to look out for: whether the sale depends on the sale of the buyer's home; whether the buyer wants a ridiculous amount of time to obtain money to purchase your home auction selling success; if the earnest money is unusually small, say less than $500. If it is less than this and your home is popular you may want to look elsewhere.( 'Earnest money' is the term given to the deposit which shows your buyer is in earnest and can be as high as 2% of the cost of your home. A normal amount is from $500-$2000.) ; if a penalty is enforced if you cannot move by the buyer's specified date; if the buyer requires the seller to pay the buyer's mortgage costs. All these things could cause problems such as a delay in the sale of your home and additional costs to you.

Ensure your buyer has been pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage large enough to buy your home. If the buyer is making the offer prior to obtaining either one of these, do not sign the offer.

After you have looked at the buyer's offer, you have a number of choices available . You can accept the offer without making any changes. This can be done by simply signing the offer agreement thus making it a sales contract. In some states, however, you are required to sign a separate agreement, called a "binder".

Another option would be to make a counter offer. Make notes on the sales agreement and cross out unacceptable conditions on the offer. You could just fill out your own sales agreement enabling you to stipulate the conditions you want in place.

You can, of course, simply reject the offer.

You will want to keep in mind if the offered price is lower than you had in mind, look closely at the offer. Are there conditions, which will compensate for the lower price?

Some home auction sellers will not sign an offer agreement until they have received a minimum of $500 earnest money, however if you have judged the buyer to be a serious buyer, you can do without the earnest money. but make sure you judge accurately or you'll be left high and dry. The earnest money check should be made out to you, but held by a third party such as your real estate attorney or the buyer's real estate agent). This check is non-refundable should the buyer default on the contract.

Even though you have signed an offer, you can, if you wish, accept a backup offer. The buyer with the backup offer must be aware, however, of the first pending contract on the house with the first buyer.

So after you've completed selling your home by auction and found your buyer follow all these steps and all should end happily! Good luck!!
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