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A Homebuyer's Guide to Contingencies in Real Estate

Hi there! I’m Sarah Sperber, a Reno, Nevada real estate expert. Welcome to my blog! I delve into the essential aspects of real estate and provide valuable insights to help you navigate the housing market. In this post, we will explore the significance of contingencies in real estate transactions.

I aim to shed some light on what every home buyer must be aware of. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced investor, understanding these contingencies can ensure a smoother and more favorable outcome for your real estate deal!

Contingencies in Real Estate

A Key Aspect Of Every Deal

In the realm of residential real estate deals, Nevada law mandates three primary contingencies that apply to almost every transaction: inspections, appraisals, and financing. Additionally, there is one important aspect to consider when dealing with properties in common interest communities (CICs). In this blog, we will discuss each of these contingencies in detail.


Unveiling The True Condition Of A Property

Home inspections are crucial, whether you are a buyer or a seller. A licensed inspector physically examines the property and produces a comprehensive report, highlighting any issues or potential concerns. From foundation cracks to black mold and roofing problems, inspections uncover both minor cosmetic issues and significant structural defects. As a buyer, you should never skip this due diligence process, as it provides an opportunity to negotiate a better deal or request repairs before finalizing the purchase.


Securing the Means to Purchase the Home

Financing contingencies are applicable to buyers relying on a loan to purchase a property. Ensuring you can secure financing is vital, as a real estate deal is contingent upon obtaining the necessary funds to complete the purchase. However, cash buyers might waive this contingency, as they are expected to pay the full amount upfront. Understanding the deadlines and requirements for financing contingency is crucial to avoid any hiccups in the process.

Appraisal Contingency

Determining the Property's Value

Appraisal contingencies are typically ordered by the lender to ascertain the property’s market value. If the appraised value falls short of the agreed-upon purchase price, a gap emerges, necessitating negotiation between the buyer and seller. In such cases, creative solutions may be required to bridge the gap, such as adjusting the sale price or contributing additional funds. This contingency is particularly significant when market fluctuations or bidding wars affect property valuations.

Common Interest Communities (CICs)

A Special Consideration

If you are purchasing a property within a common interest community, often governed by a homeowners’ association (HOA), additional considerations apply. The CIC resale package provides crucial information about the HOA’s bylaws and restrictions. Buyers have a five-day window to review these documents and decide whether they are comfortable proceeding with the purchase. This provision allows buyers to back out of the deal without penalties if the HOA’s regulations do not align with their preferences or needs.

A successful home
buying process

Contingencies are a vital component of every real estate transaction, ensuring both buyers and sellers have necessary safeguards in place. Understanding and diligently addressing these contingencies can help you tremendously. You can avoid potential pitfalls, negotiate better terms, and achieve a successful and satisfactory real estate deal.

If you have any questions or need guidance in navigating the Reno-Sparks housing market or any other real estate matter, I would love to be a resource for you. Feel free to book a discovery call with me here. Thanks for reading, and see you in the next post!

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