What to Do When a Home Purchase Deal is Derailed

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Those shopping for a new home may not have a clear idea of what to do if a promising home sale falls through. This is a potential problem for anyone buying a home, although first-time buyers may have a more difficult time with this type of event.

A real estate agent can help buyers prioritize following such a situation, as well as guide them through additional real estate listings to discover prospective homes to check out. Typically, both home buyers and sellers deal in good faith, but even when that is the case, unforeseen circumstances can prevent a deal from concluding successfully.

When a Deal Fails

The first matter for most buyers to handle is to get back their earnest-money deposit, although the reason the deal is called off may determine their ability to do so. Buyers may change their mind about buying a home due to facts revealed in a home inspection or appraisal. If there is a contingency in the contract that allows the buyer to cancel the deal based on such an event, then the deposit will typically be returned.

If not, however, then the buyer’s decision to cancel the deal may mean writing off the deposit. Deals commonly have a provision allowing the buyer to back out if a final inspection reveals some previously unknown problem with a home, or at least allowing the details of a deal to be renegotiated.

For example, buyers may wish to negotiate a different price if it becomes apparent that a home’s insulation is lacking, since they will have to pay for new insulation in order to restore the home to reasonable condition. It is important to ensure a contract has provisions for these circumstances.

Preparing for Purchase

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