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What Does Under Contract Mean When Buying or Selling A Home?

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What Does Under Contract Mean When Buying or Selling A Home?

Maybe you are a buyer, and you’re thinking, “Under contract – why would I care?” Maybe you’re a seller and wondering, “How can my house be under contract? Should I be worried?” The good news is that under contract really isn’t such a scary sounding phrase as it might seem to buyers and sellers either (and certainly not to buyers). Once you know what it means, it is easier to understand and appreciate.

What does under contract mean in real estate?

Under contract means that the house is currently on a contract. The buyer has made a deposit and is bound by law to purchase the property. If they back out of the deal, they pay a penalty.

A buyer can be under contract in one of two ways: an offer to buy or a binding contract to buy. An offer to buy is a non-binding commitment from one party (the buyer) to another party (the seller). A binding contract is a legally-binding commitment from one party (the buyer) to another party (the seller).

Here’s how it works:

Offer To Buy: The buyer writes up an offer letter with their terms for buying the property and emails it over to their real estate agent or broker for review and forwarding to the sellers’ agent or broker. This letter is typically kept confidential until both parties agree upon all terms of the sale, at which point it becomes public record in the county courthouse’s land records office.

How short sales affect the under contract.

Short sales are commonly used as a way for homeowners to sell their homes for less than the asking price. In some cases, it can be a way for banks to get rid of foreclosed properties that they cannot sell on their own

Short sales are also called non-performing loans or “lender-owned” because they involve the lender owning the property. The process involves selling the home at a price that is less than what is owed on the mortgage, which means that the bank will get less money than if it were able to sell at market value.

A reason why a short sale may affect your under contract sales is it may take longer than expected. The length of time needed to complete a short sale varies depending on numerous factors including how quickly banks approve offers and how long it takes for homeowners to find new housing arrangements. If there are multiple offers on the same property, this can also slow down the process.

Is a house under contract still for sale?

The short answer is “yes.” A house under contract is still for sale.

The long answer is that it depends on the laws of your state and the specifics of your situation. Your Realtor® can provide more information on this topic.

In most states, a property listed with a broker or Realtor® is not available to buy until it’s sold and the buyer has possession of the deed. In some cases, an offer to buy a property can be withdrawn before it’s accepted by the seller. The seller may refuse to accept an offer they don’t like, or they may accept it but later decide not to sell the property after all.

Some states have laws that protect buyers from having their offer revoked once it’s accepted by the seller, but there are other circumstances where an offer can be revoked as well:

If a buyer backs out of a contract for any reason other than fraud or misrepresentation by either party (or if one party breaches their contract), then that buyer loses their deposit and both parties are free from any further obligation under that contract. This usually means that both buyers and sellers have 30 days from when they signed the contract in which to cancel without penalty (except for their deposit). If someone wants to.

What is a property under contract and contingencies?

A property under contract means that a buyer has made an offer on the property and the seller has accepted

This is not a binding contract, however, until the buyer’s closing date. If a contingency is attached to the offer, then it may or may not be valid, depending on what it says and how much time has passed since the offer was accepted.

A property under contract with no contingencies means that everything has been finalized between the buyer and seller, and nothing can stop them from completing their purchase of the property.

What You Need to Know About Listing or Purchasing A Home that is Under Contract.

Buying a home that is under contract is not as simple as one might think. There are so many things to consider and make sure of before you sign on the dotted line.

Here are some things you should know about purchasing a home that is under contract:

The seller has already agreed to sell the property to another buyer. This means that they have signed a contract with that buyer, and they are obligated to go through with the sale unless something unforeseen happens.

The seller may not be able to give you all of the information regarding the home. Since they’ve already signed over their rights, they no longer have certain privileges regarding your new home. For example, if there are any issues with the property’s title or deed, it’s up to them to work it out before closing day — not you.

You won’t get a chance for an inspection until after closing date. You’ll need to make sure everything’s in order before signing on the dotted line because once you do, there won’t be any room for negotiation or backing out because something doesn’t meet your standards or expectations. Once you’ve purchased it, it’s yours! When you buy a home, make sure to read the contract thoroughly to avoid any surprises.


Real estate moves fast, so it’s not surprising that the world of contracts is long and intricate. Also, there are many different kinds of contracts with many different factors to consider. However, by reading through this article, you now understand the basics of under contract when buying or selling a home.

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