Holdbacks in Real Estate Purchase Contracts

Holding Money Back to Get a Seller to Fix Problems with a Property

Barry recently had a chat with Century 21 realtor Keith Faria about holdback clauses for buying and selling real estate in Alberta. They recorded this video to share their thoughts and advice with you.

In a real estate purchase contract, there are ways of getting a seller to do things to the property before the sale. A ‘holdback’ is a clause that reserves part of the purchase money to fix problems—just in case the seller doesn’t do things when or how they were supposed to…

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How to Get a Seller to Do Repairs

Podcast Episode 62:
Holdbacks or Drawbacks?”

A holdback clause can help insure that the seller takes care of a property’s deficiencies before closing. The language of this item in your purchase contract needs to be very specific in order to be effective. Some lenders, however, don’t like cash backs, holdbacks, or credits.

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