Top 5 Things Buyers Need to Know about NJ Real Estate Contracts

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Top 5 Things Buyers Need to Know about New Jersey Real Estate Contracts

Signing a Real Estate contract can be stressful. It is always a good idea to have your Realtor take you through the contract paragraph by paragraph so you have a general understanding of the legalities. Here are 5 of the top things a buyer needs to know about a New Jersey Real Estate contract.

  1. Top 5 Things Buyers Need to Know about New Jersey Real Estate ContractsAttorney Review: In the state of New Jersey, when a consumers signs a real estate contract through a Real Estate Agent, there must be a right to cancel the contract, in 3 days, by an attorney. This 3 day period is called an Attorney Review. During these 3 days, either the buyer or the seller can break the deal for any reason or no reason at all. So for buyers, if your offer is accepted, the sellers have a right to take any other offer that comes in during that time period. And if a buyer wins a bidding war, final and best… it is not official until Attorney Review has concluded. Attorney Review can be shortened or extended.

  2. Dates on Contract: There will be a number of key dates listed on the contract: Inspections, Deposits, Mortgage Commitments and Closing Date. It is important to note that dates are ‘target’ dates and can move as long there are good faith attempts to perform. Closing dates seem to be the biggest source of aggravation, especially if a mover has no flexibility in their schedule.

  3. What is Included in the Sale? This is the area of a contract where we see the most problems… All personal property is excluded unless stated otherwise. Anything that is permanently fixed… that is you can’t remove it without signs of damage to the floors, ceilings or walls, is included. Fixtures are included… unless specifically excluded. Ask your Realtor to write into the contract specific items that you want included. Think about… barbeques, refrigerators, washers, dryers, play sets, pool equipment, etc.

  4. How Big is the Property? Thinking of making an addition on your new home? Want to put in a pool? Well, then property size matters. Ask for a survey to be attached to the contract. If no survey is available, ask your Realtor to check town records in the Tax Collectors office. Once confirmed, have the correct property size written into the contract.

  5. Who is Holding my Deposit Money? Typically, the seller’s attorney holds deposit money in escrow. If the transaction is a short sale, then the buyer’s attorney would hold the deposit.

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Comments (1)

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

I like the attorney review, I think I might add that to my offers.

Oct 03, 2014 03:59 AM