When Buying a Home What Does Contingent Mean?

By CJ (NOT A Financial Advisor Just A Average Joe)

In Real Estate Contingent Means:

Does contingent real estate mean it’s off the market? Can I still buy a house contingent upon approval? Can I put an offer on a house that is contingent? What does contingent mean? What does it mean when Zillow lists homes that say contingent?

A contingent offer is a term used to describe an agreement in which the sale of a property is dependent on the successful completion of additional criteria. For example, if someone is buying a home and they have already put an offer on a new home, their offer on the new home is contingent on them selling their old house.

When planning for the future, it’s essential to consider all possible scenarios that could affect your homeownership goals. This is where contingencies come in – specific plans you make to address possible outcomes. There are many different types of contingencies, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. This article will explore why you would want to use a contingency when buying a home and why you might still have a chance to buy a home if it is currently contingent.

The listing status says active contingent. What doesn’t this mean? Active Contingent means the seller has already accepted an offer from a potential bidder. Your realtor can generally get contingent statuses before looking at the homes from the seller’s agent. According to where they are in the closing time frame, the seller will be willing to look at other offers. This is until the contract’s contingency is completed (final sale). The seller may have a kick-out clause on the buyer’s offer, allowing them to escape the contract with the current buyer.

Common Contingencies Include:

  • suitable property contingency
  • appraisal contingency
  • inspection contingency/home inspection contingency
  • home sale contingency
  • financing contingency (mortgage contingency)
  • Co Buyer Contingency

How does a contingent house listing work for a seller? (suitable property contingency)

Why would a seller want a contingency? What does it mean for the buyer? What does it mean for the seller?

Often, buyers look before they are actually ready to purchase. Real estate agents will typically try to get you to list your home and sell it before looking for a new home. Selling before looking can put you in a compromising position. Since your home is sold you need to find another place to live faster. This can cause you to start making offers on a new home that might not be the perfect home for you.

A solution for this is called suitable property contingency. Using the suitable property contingency will help alleviate the rush anxiety. It is a type of home listing in which the seller agrees to sell their home to the buyer only if they can find a new home first. This type of listing allows the seller to continue living in their current home until they find a new one while also allowing them to sell their existing home quickly.

If you’re in the market for a new home, a contingent listing could be perfect for you. It means you can take your time looking for the right property without feeling any pressure to purchase the home quickly. And if you do find the perfect place, you don’t have to worry about losing it to someone else.

Reasons a buyer would use a contingent offer:

financing contingency (mortgage contingency)

There are several reasons why a buyer might use a contingency in a real estate transaction. One reason is that the buyer may be obtaining financing and need more time to approve the loan to purchase the property. If the buyer is not confident that the loan will be approved, they may put in a contingency that states they have a certain number of days to get the loan approved or will be able to back out of the deal. The financing contingency is essential, especially for a new buyer on a home loan.

It is important to include a financing contingency in the offer when buying a home. Adding the contingency will protect you, the buyer, if you are unable to obtain a mortgage. If the seller does not agree to this clause, you may want to reconsider making an offer on the property. Without this, you could lose your escrow that you put down on the home if your interest rates go up in the final stages and you lose your ability to finance the home.

inspection contingency (home inspection contingency)

Another reason for using a contingency is if the buyer is unsure that the property is in good condition. They may put in a clause that allows them to have an inspector come and look at the property before they finalize the sale. This will help them determine if any repairs or updates need to be made before they own the home.

appraisal contingency – appraisal value

A home appraisal contingency is often included in the contract when buying or selling a home. The appraisal value contingency means that the buyer or seller has the right to have an independent appraiser assess the property’s value before the sale is final. If the appraisal comes in lower than the agreed-upon price, then either party can cancel the sale. Appraisal contingencies are very common.

Co Buyer Contingency

Not sure you want to become a homeowner, or you are unsure of the market? Make sure to have a contingency. A contingency is a way to back out of a deal and get your earnest money deposit back. You could write something as simple as the home being contingent upon the approval of a co-owner. These contingencies will usually be limited on the number of days as a seller doesn’t want to take their house off the market if they think the deal will fall through.

Home Sale Contingency

When selling a home, a contingency is an agreement between the buyer and seller that states the home’s sale is pending the successful closing of a specified other transaction. In other words, the sale of the home is not final until the buyer’s home sells.

Keep in mind the listing agent will want their clients to give it some time for the listing service to work before accepting a contingent offer. By not allowing the listing to mature, the seller could be missing out on a potential buyer. Some real estate agents like to have the real estate listing on the market for at least a week to draw in all prospective buyers. Contingencies on a purchase agreement will work in buyer’s markets, not a competitive market where listings are limited.

Another contingency on a purchase contract may be a title contingency. Maybe the buyer wants to examine the title before the offer is accepted. Title contingencies is not generally used as a title search has to be completed before the closing date costing a good amount of money.

The best way to get a seller to move fast and get an accepted offer fast is to offer a higher purchase price than the sale price. This way, you’re basically paying them to take their home off the market with the contingency.

Kick out clauses, and how does it work with a contingent contract?

When you sign a contract, there’s always a possibility that something could happen that would prevent you from fulfilling your obligations. This is where “kick-out clause” for the seller comes in handy. These clauses allow one or both parties to terminate the contract without penalty if certain conditions are met. This can be helpful if, for example, you need to terminate the agreement because of unforeseen circumstances or if the other party isn’t meeting their obligations.

One primary example is if you put a contingency on purchasing the home after your house sells. The seller would have written in the real estate contract that allows them to keep showing the house and to Kick Out the buyer if the home seller gets an offer from another home buyer without a home sale contingency written into the contract. A smart real estate agent for the seller will make sure to include this when accepting buyer’s offer on an active listing. Including this in the home purchase contracts with these common contingency clauses can limit the amount of time a house may be off the market. When a buyer puts in an offer on a new home but hasn’t sold their old one, numerous things can go wrong. From them not being able to sell their home for enough money to purchase the new home to their home not selling at all.

What is a backup offer and how it relates to a contingent offer

If you’re like most homebuyers, you’ve probably heard of the term “backup offer.” A backup offer is a proposal made to purchase a property in the event that the seller’s original buyer falls through. There are numerous ways a real estate contract can fall through. First, the requirements for financing get more demanding each year. If they are current homeowners, their existing home might not sell, or even worse, someone might lose their job before closing on the new property. Sellers taking backup offers is a smart move and can help them in a pinch if the first deal goes south.

There are a few things to keep in mind when making a backup offer. First, be prepared to act fast. If the prospective buyer’s offer falls through, the seller will be ready to move, and any delay may get your offer kicked. Second, make sure your financing is in order with your mortgage lender. You don’t want to lose out on the property because you can’t get approved for a loan.

Making a backup offer on a contingent home is a great way to increase your purchase chances. It shows the seller that you’re serious about purchasing the property and that you’re willing to take action quickly.

Some other real estate terms you might see during a contingency:

Final sale – is the closing date when the house is officially sold and no longer on the market.

Mortgage loan – A mortgage loan is a type of loan that is secured by the property. The property can be a house, an apartment, land, or any other type of real estate. The borrower usually agrees to repay the loan over a set period of time, typically 15 or 30 years. Make sure to qualify as soon as possible so you know your options and how much you qualify for. You will receive a pre-approval letter making it much easier for you to get a seller accepted offer approval.

Appraised value – When you are purchasing or selling a home, the most critical number to know is the appraised value. According to an unbiased third party, this is the dollar amount that the property is worth. The appraisal will be used as a guide in determining how much money should change hands in a real estate transaction.

Necessary repairs – No one likes doing repairs, but sometimes they are required. When an appraisal comes back, the loan company might require that repairs be done before a loan is completed. Home insurance companies can require repairs, but after the home has already closed. An example is if there are more than three stairs leading into the house, they might require you to put up a railing if non currently exist.

Contingencies can be complicated and getting a buyer’s agent who works for the National Association of Realtors will be very important if you plan on using one. Also, keep in mind you might scare some sellers with your first offer and may require additional offers before it will be accepted.

The process to complete a sale is very complex and issues arise all the time. When you read a blog as this one keep in mind we are not professionals we are usually average people with experiences. Make sure to hire a qualified professional. You might think you will pay less by not hiring a professional but you might pay for it in other ways. Always have someone on your side. Professionals can answer quickly tell you what the contingency means and if you have a chance putting an offer in.

Contingent house listings are a great way to purchase a possible dream home. According to realtor.com, approximately 5% of homes listed contingent will fall out. That doesn’t include the ones containing kick-out clauses. Having a contract contingency is expected, especially in a buyer’s market. You’ll still get to see the house and decide if you want to make an offer, but the seller isn’t required to accept it. You can negotiate a lower price or take the property off your list if they do. Doing your due diligence is very important when making a competitive offer on a home. Keep in mind no matter how well you know your realtor, they are in it for a check and want to close the offer. So they might not have your best interest at heart all the time. Also according to how long your Realtor has been in business, they might have never seen certain types of these contingency offers.

Owning real estate can be one of the most exciting experiences, but it can also be very overwhelming. From all the paperwork required to close a home, including the mortgage, to making sure you budget when purchasing the house. It will most likely be one of the greatest assets you will purchase in your lifetime. Saving for a home and growing the equity is one of the greatest ways to financial freedom.

Leave a Comment