4 Things That Can Stop You from Closing on a New Santa Cruz Home for Sale

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 9:10am.

Purchasing a Santa Cruz home for sale, especially as a first-time buyer, is incredibly exciting. However, just because your offer is accepted doesn’t mean the deal is done. Lots of things can still cause the deal to fall through. Here are just a few things that might slow or stop your purchase:

1. Termites – Most lenders will insist on having a pest inspection to make sure termites or carpenter ants haven’t seriously damaged the home. Even if your particular lender doesn’t require an inspection, it’s best that you get one done anyway. If the pest inspection shows there is a severe problem, you can either ask the seller to pay to have the problem fixed or walk away if your purchase agreement allows it. At less than $100, a pest inspection is definitely worth the cost.

2. Bad Title – During the escrow process, have a title search done by a title company and purchase title insurance. The search makes sure that there isn’t a lien or claim against the property, while the title insurance guarantees that there aren’t any issues with the title. If there are issues, they have to be taken care of before you can receive the keys to the Santa Cruz home for sale.

3. House Defects – Make sure that your purchase offer has a home inspection contingency. If the inspection reveals big issues, you can back out without any penalties. Otherwise, you might lose your earnest money. If you don’t want to back out, you’ll have to negotiate the cost of the repairs with the seller. This can delay closing.

4. Uninsurable Home – Sometimes previous homeowners will have made a major insurance claim, which shows up on insurance records. In this case, insurance companies may claim the house to be uninsurable, which means you won't be able to get a loan for the home.

Before looking at a Santa Cruz home for sale, make sure you’re acquainted with the closing and escrow processes, and be prepared for any problems that may arise. The more equipped you are for any eventuality, the better your chances of moving into the home you want.

If you’re in the market to buy a home, let me help you negotiate a contract that protects you from potential problems. Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com for more information.

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