The Purchase Contract
With thousands—and maybe hundreds of thousands—of dollars on the line, it pays to know exactly what you’re agreeing to.
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What is an offer to purchase?
What might I include in my offer to purchase a home?
What is earnest money?
How is the offer negotiated?
How does an offer relate to the purchase contract?
Can oral promises constitute a contract?
When should we involve a lawyer?
What are the key provisions of the purchase contract?
What is an inspection rider?
What is an attorney-approval rider?
What is a mortgage-contingency rider?
May the seller refuse a mortgage-contingency rider or an inspection-contingency rider?
What happens to my earnest money deposit if we do not complete the sale?
Can a buyer sue a seller for backing out of the contract?
Are there any special considerations when you are buying a home from a builder?
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