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What issues can derail a real estate sale during closing?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Real Estate Transactions |

Closing a real estate sale can involve tying loose ends and finalizing details to conclude the transaction. However, this stage of the process is still prone to issues concerning the property or its title. Some problems can be minor, which can be easy to resolve during or later after closing. Other issues can be too severe, jeopardizing the entire purchase.

The appearance of these problems can be unpredictable, including issues overlooked earlier in the process or those that only surface during closing. These matters can vary based on the situation, such as the following:

  • Undisclosed damage to the property detected after inspection
  • Severely inaccurate appraisal value
  • Defects on the title, possibly signaling fraudulent activities
  • Unapproved funding
  • Excessive insurance claims left on the property
  • Significant errors in paperwork found during closing

These reasons can be enough to derail the sale, but other times, the cause could be minor. In some instances, the buyer may suddenly experience a change of heart, compelling them to withdraw from the sale. Still, backing out can have repercussions, based on the situation. This decision can also lead to costs, making it crucial to be firm about buying the property before initiating the transaction.

Knowing how to approach issues during closing

Grave issues with the property or its title can result in extensive expenses long after closing the sale, so noticing them sooner rather than later can be a blessing. The decision to close the sale despite these issues may fall on the buyer. Regardless, legal advice can be helpful in these situations. Experienced guidance can help buyers determine appropriate options to address these issues, considering their circumstances and potential losses over time. By foreseeing these possibilities early, the buyer can also make an informed decision before closing the purchase.