Browsing online Real Estate listings and house hunting is easily one of the more stressful experiences that you may face throughout life. While working with the right agent can indeed help eliminate a large majority of the stress associated with both selling or buying a home, it is important to ensure you fully understand listings as well as the contingencies that they may hold prior to placing an offer.

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While it may not be overly common, in some cases you may find a house you love, however within the listing it states that the sale of the property is “contingent.” This could be for a handful of different reasons, however there are two main reasons that a seller may have moved their listing status to contingent from available or put within the description that the property sale as a whole is contingent per the seller’s request.

Many people believe that the only contingencies within the Real Estate world lie with the buyers, and while in most scenarios it is more common to see a contingency within an offer to purchase, it is just as important to understand the contingencies that may be put in place by the sellers as well.

moving#1 Contingent on Finding a New Home

In this scenario, a seller may be listing their home in an effort to purchase a new home. Should the seller not be able to find a home that is suitable for their needs they then have the right to pull their listing off of the market and thus, you may not be able to follow through with the purchase as planned.

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#2 Contingent on Accepting a Previous Offer

Secondly, if a seller has already accepted an offer you can, in most cases, still place an offer on the home, however it would be contingent to the previous offer falling through. Should the previous offer on the home move along smoothly, your offer will not be accepted.

Whether the home you wish to purchase is contingent or not, discussing the property in depth with your realtor is key in ensuring that you are placing an offer that has the highest chances of being accepted. In a seller’s market this is more important than ever as many buyers are unknowingly overpaying or entering into bidding wars that they aren’t ready for.

If you’re currently searching for a new home, are ready to sell your property, or if you have any questions regarding Southwestern Washington Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time and we would be more than happy to assist you.