Can I move into that house before it is closed and filed?.. NOT

Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH 2006004434


How many times have you heard that question.  Have you let a buyer into a home before it was closed and he or she had

clear title?  Not a good idea. 

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The first thing that comes to mind is liability.  So they have your contractor or rehab expert in there and he falls off the ladder or you even get a small fire that impacts the neighbors home in some way.  The owner is liable and you know who he will come after... your buyer and probably you too.  


As much as you think it won't happen to you it might well happen.  Keep the keys out of your buyers hands until that title is legally filed.  


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James Daniel Jr.
Keller Williams Realty-City View - San Antonio, TX
Before You Buy or Sell Talk To James 210-560-3755

Allowing the buyer to move it before closing/settlement is a bady idea.  I know buyers fall in love with the house and want to get in as soon as possible, but like you said it's a bad idea. 

Mar 06, 2013 12:07 PM #1
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I have seen it done many times. Buyers have the moving truck parked outside of the title company, etc. Seller feels sorry for them. Just trying to be kind.... (Still a bad idea!!)

This is a great reminder to cover this subject with your sellers at the listing AND point it out to the buyers when going over the purchase contract.

Mar 06, 2013 12:17 PM #2
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Maybe Maybe not, as long as you got a contract with a rental contract and a deposit I can see where it would be ok.

Mar 06, 2013 12:25 PM #3
Kara Casamassina
International Property Management Group, LLC - Aiken, SC
Boomers and beyond

here in SC we have an 'occupancy prior to closing' agreement that covers it all :)  

Mar 07, 2013 07:45 AM #4
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

We have a lot of vacant homes in SW Florida so buyers *always* want in early. Definitely not my policy and I advise my sellers not to allow it, too.

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