Contract Clauses

Clause Language and Information about Multiple Offers, Escalation Clauses, Closing Costs, Consent to Disclosure and more!

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Seller Paid Closing Cost/Concessions

If your buyer is requesting that the seller pay some of their closing cost, you may add this to the Purchase Agreement under Additional Terms:

"Seller to pay buyer's closing costs, pre-paids and miscellaneous fees, not to exceed __% of the purchase price."

Or

"Seller to pay buyer's closing costs, pre-paids and miscellaneous fees, not to exceed$__."

The FHA currently allows a maximum seller contribution of 6% of the purchase price.


Due Diligence:


Property is being sold subject to a Due Diligence Period of ______  days from the Binding Agreement Date.

Option Payment for Due Diligence Period:


In consideration of Seller granting Buyer the option to terminate this Agreement, buyer shall pay seller $_________ in non-refundable option money, the receipt, and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged; plus buyer shall pay Seller additional option money of $_________ by
___ check or
___ wire transfer of immediately available funds either

___ as of the Offer Date; OR
___ within _____ days from the Binding Agreement Date

Any additional option money paid by Buyer to Seller:
___ shall be applied towards the purchase price at closing,
(subject to lender approval)
___ shall not be applied toward the purchase price at closing
and shall not be refundable to the buyer unless the closing fails to
occur due to the default of the seller

 

Escalation Clause: 

Contract Price to be [insert number, e.g. $500.00] higher than the highest bona fide offer, net of concessions, received by Seller, not to exceed [insert cap number, e.g. $5,000.00].

The parties intend this agreement to be a binding contract and not an offer to enter into a contract at a later date. The price determination will take place as set forth herein, but the fact that the price is not
determined as of the time this contract is fully executed by both parties shall not defeat the existence of a contract.

Listing Firm to provide Selling Firm with a copy of the next highest bonafide purchase agreement offer.

 

Closing Date – Seller’s Choice (.pdf Download)

Seller shall choose closing date that is convenient for seller to be any weekday date between 00/00/00 and 00/00/00, not including any state, federal or bank holidays. Seller shall name desired closing date in writing no later than (SPECIFY deadline for seller to name date). If seller does not name desired date in writing by deadline specified, buyer shall name buyer’s preferred date within two days of deadline specified.

 

Contemporaneous Offer Notice (form is available in the Dotloop Templates)

This is to inform you that another buyer that I represent has also written an offer to purchase the property located at ______________________________________.  

Neither the terms of your offer or your identity will be disclosed to this other buyer. 

If you prefer to be represented by another licensee, I can refer you to another agent or broker. Please contact me if you would like such a referral. 

 

Appraisal Guarantee Clause

Appraisal Guarantee: Purchaser agrees to pay $XXX above the appraised value not to exceed the Purchase Price of $XXX.

If the Appraisal Guarantee is not sufficient to satisfy the appraisal deficiency all parties agree to negotiate in good faith to reach a satisfactory resolution.

If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved Seller may declare this agreement null and void and all Earnest Money shall be returned to Purchaser.

 

Appraisal/ Gap Financing

In the event, the appraised value comes in below Purchase Price, then Buyer agrees to pay up to $__________ over appraised value not to exceed the purchase price. Any such cash differential shall be applied to Buyers`required Cash at Closing.

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Home Sale Contingency

“Transaction is contingent upon the successful closing of buyer’s current home at 123 Main St, to be listed on X/X/X, in contract no later than X/X/X and closed on or before X/X/X.”

 

“Transaction is contingent upon the successful closing of buyer’s current property at 123 Main St (MLS#), currently listed, to be in contract no later than X/X/X, and closed on or before X/X/X.”

 

“Transaction is contingent upon the successful closing of buyer’s current property at 123 Main St (MLS#), currently listed, in contract and scheduled to close on X/X/X.”

 

“Transaction is contingent upon the successful closing of buyer’s current property at 123 Main St (MLS#), currently listed, in contract & past the inspection, remedy & appraisal periods, and scheduled to close on X/X/X.”

 

Radon Mitigation

"Seller to install radon mitigation system using contractor acceptable to all parties.  Follow up radon test to be completed at seller expense.  Test results to be delivered to purchaser within x number of days.  Mitigation and test to be completed prior to closing.  Purchaser will verify completion during the final walkthrough."