How to Lose a Deposit: Unmet Conditions Can Sink a Real Estate Deal

Podcast Episode 107:

“Conditions, Lost Deposits,
and Collapsed Deals.”

In other Tales from the Trenches I’ve talked about the importance of accomplishing sufficient diligence on any property purchase to say that you have done ‘Due Diligence.’ It’s worth repeating here because it’s so important. The notion of doing or accomplishing your own Due Diligence is what allows you to make a buying decision. Will you buy or not buy? In this Tale, a deal falls through because of a lack of diligence regarding financing conditions.

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Multifamily – Mortgages and Unrented Suites

Podcast Episode 56:
You’ve Got How Many Vacancies?”

This is the story of one investor’s path from single-family dwellings to multifamily properties. Multifamily lenders fund mortgages based on rental revenue. On closing day, every vacancy reduces the amount of mortgage money. What does it mean when two vacancies turn into eighteen vacancies on closing date?

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Mortgage Delays

Podcast Episode 55:
It Took How Long?”

Many things can slow down a mortgage application. Two weeks is a minimum for your financing condition, but some sellers might not like it; getting pre-approved is a safer option. To avoid human error, make sure to read over your own mortgage documents carefully.

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Written Documents

Podcast Episode 54:
Get it in Writing.”

What happens when a real estate deal is delayed past the closing date? The seller can choose not to sell, but they still keep your deposit. Verbal agreements for things like extensions aren’t enough; you need signed documents or else people can change their minds.

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