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The vital role of contingency clauses in home purchase contracts

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2023 | Real Estate Contracts

The prospect of buying your first home can be exciting, but you should not get caught up in the frenzy. It is a significant investment, and you ought to protect yourself as a buyer.

One of the most important aspects of the home buying process is contract negotiation, where you agree on the terms and conditions of the purchase contract with the seller. This is where contingency clauses come into the picture.

What are contingency clauses?

In real estate transactions, a contingency clause is a contractual provision that renders the contract’s validity dependent on a particular event or action. In other words, certain conditions must be met for the home purchase contract to become fully enforceable and binding. 

Some of the common contingency clauses include:

  • Financing contingency allows you to secure a mortgage within a specified period and at agreed-upon terms.
  • A home inspection contingency allows you to hire a professional inspector to thoroughly assess the property’s condition.
  • An appraisal contingency protects you from overpaying by making the purchase contingent on the home’s appraised value.
  • Home sale contingency that lets you coordinate the purchase with the sale of your current home.

Other contingency clauses exist, and they are all designed to provide a safeguard and protect you from financial losses. You can back out of the deal or renegotiate it without suffering losses should specific circumstances come into play before the sale.

Do not take any chances when buying your first home

Purchasing a home can be a complex and nerve-wracking process. Given the huge stakes involved, taking the necessary precaution is better than regretting. Including the necessary contingency clauses can be your safety net should unforeseen events arise.

Learning more about how these useful clauses work and seeking informed guidance can help ensure a smooth home-buying process and secure your investment.