Seller Demand to Release Deposit in California

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For a fact, I know that I am not the only listing agent in Sacramento to expect buyers and their agents to conform to the purchase contract, but the reaction I sometimes receive astounds me. It's as though the agents cannot believe that we would ask the buyer to perform in accordance with the contract, and they don't understand why we don't just "lay off" the requests for documents such as the Contingency Release.

It's not like we enjoy asking for documents. We have a fiduciary relationship to our sellers to do what is best for our sellers, and what is best for our sellers is for all parties to adhere to the terms of the purchase contract. We're not trying to be ogres or make unreasonable demands, but you wouldn't know it by the way some agents react.

Fortunately, we have a new form released by the California Association of Realtors for agent use through ZipForms that allows a release of deposit, signed unilaterally by the seller. You can read more in my personal blog today about The Seller Demand to Release Deposit Can Shake Up California Escrows.

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, that is amazing, do they want to move forward?    Buyer's agent should be on top of this. 

Jan 25, 2015 01:15 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

We gotta have those contingency releases.  It may seem bazaar to lay people, but a sales contract is a bundle of agreements which have time frames and dates tied to performance.  A lack of a contingency release often equates to "Out of Contract."  

Jan 25, 2015 05:12 AM #2
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Elizabeth - We also are getting a new form, but ours has to do with HOA's. Sounds like in your case this form will provide some protection for the seller, when a buyer does not perform.

Jan 25, 2015 05:47 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

We need that law in Arkansas.  It would stop most of the bickering about the earnest money.

Jan 25, 2015 07:12 PM #4
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  I think that law makes a lot of sense.

Jan 25, 2015 07:46 PM #5
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