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What Details Should be Part of a Real Estate Contract?

by Berta J. Smith 02/16/2020

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When you make an offer on a home, your real estate agent will create a real estate contract, also known as a purchase agreement. Before you sign this, you should make sure you understand it. This is a legally binding agreement, and you need to be certain you’ve made the right choice. So what’s really in a real estate contract? Here are the key points it will contain.

1. The Price

The price you are offering to pay for the home is a key point in the contract. This may or may not be what the seller listed the home for. Make sure your price reflects the current market trends and the condition of the property.

2. Important Dates

Your contract will include several important dates. These include:

Target date for the closing

Offer expiration date

Deadline for certain things, like the home inspection

Choose dates that are reasonable but that give you answers soon enough to make your own decisions about the purchase of the home.

3. Earnest Money

To show that you are serious about the offer, your contract will include earnest money. This is like a deposit on the purchase of the home, and the money will go towards the purchase at your closing. If you walk away from the home purchase without just cause, the seller can keep that earnest money

4. Contingencies

Contingencies are a major part of the contract, and often one that’s the least understood. These are the conditions you’re asking the seller to fulfill before you will proceed with the contract. Contingencies may include the inspection, any known repairs needed or any allowances you want to purchase items for the home or do repairs yourself. You can add any number of contingencies to the offer contract, but they do make the contract less appealing to the seller. That said, it’s always wise for buyers to make an offer contingent on inspection, as the inspection offers important protection.

5. Additional Details

Finally, the contract will include details about who pays for the various costs of the home sale, including the title insurance, closing costs, survey and inspections. It will also contain the details about how and when the utilities will change from the current owner to the new one if the sale moves forward.

Whether you are a buyer making an offer or a seller receiving one, take some time to have your real estate agent walk you through these components of the contract. Make sure you understand the document fully before you sign it. This will protect you from making a mistake on this serious and legally-binding agreement.

About the Author
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Berta J. Smith

Roberta J. Smith CNY REALTOR ® - Quality & Service That Stands Out

About me:

• A full-time realtor since 2003

• Specializes in first time home buyers and estate sales

• Understanding the importance of detailed communication with clients

• Consistent Top Producer

• Associate Broker 

• Experienced negotiator

• Lifetime CNY Resident

I have great people skills, especially in a one-on-one atmosphere, and wanted to put those skills to good use. With a career in Real Estate, I am able to help people during one of the most important decision-making times of their life… buying or selling a home. I live with husband and have three children and four grandchildren. As a life-time resident of Central New York, I know my real estate territory very well and will provide the utmost service to my customers. I can tell you all about the school district, the economy of the area, established businesses, landmarks, where to shop and even where you can grab a great burger!

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the CNY area, including Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, North Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Syracuse & other local markets, I am the agent to call.