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You’re about to yield a profit on the sale of your house. After several months of home staging, marketing, meeting with your realtor and speaking with prospective home buyers, you’ve finally found the right person to transfer ownership of your home to. Or have you?
Reasons a house buyer backs away from a deal
It’s a hard pill to swallow. Yet, there are times when a home buyer backs away from the deal. Even worse is when the buyer backs away at the last minute. Following area few reasons why house sales fall through. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with reasons why a house sale might not go all the way through, so you can prepare yourself in the event that your house is on the market longer than you anticipated needed to keep it for sale.
- Job loss – There’s not a lot that house buyers can do should they lose their job. Because they don’t have income to pay a mortgage, they may have no choice except to walk away from the deal.
- Marital status change – As shocking as it may sound, a relationship could end midway through the house shopping and buying process. One or both people in the relationship may decide that buying a house won’t repair their marriage and decide that it’s best to end the relationship and stop all future legal agreements and contracts.
- Failed inspection – Even if your house inspection passes, a buyer might not move forward with buying your home if their independent inspection fails.
- Pets – Damage caused by your pets can deter house buyers, so too can pet hair and pet poop. Regularly clean up after pets,both inside and outside your house.
- Neighborhood event – Should a natural disaster or crime occur in your neighborhood, it could cost you a buyer. For example, a buyer might back away if there’s a tornado or flood in your neighborhood.
What you can do if your house sale falls through
In addition to the above reasons, house buyers may refuse to tell you exactly why they decided to change their mind and not buy your house after all. There are instances when a buyer might feel embarrassed to tell you why they are backing away from the deal.
Regardless of the reason why a buyer chooses not to move forward with a house buy, there may be a few things that you can do. Top of the list of choices is to put your house back on the market. If buyers cite the price on the house, you may have to lower the price on your house to finalize a sale.
Although you may feel that you deserve to keep the deposit (if the house deal went that far), depending on the contract details, the buyer may end up with the deposit. The time to protect yourself regarding the deposit is before the contract is signed. Indicate who will keep the deposit clearly in the contract.
Because a failed home inspection is a leading reason why buyers walk away from a deal, to sale your house conduct repairs and maintenance that was highlighted during an inspection. Unless your house is unusually small or lacking a necessary bedroom, bathroom or closet, avoid adding rooms to your house just to sale the property, as this will erode the profits that you gain from the sale of your home.
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