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8 Reasons that Could Delay Closing on a New Home

At VanDyk Mortgage, we are determined to provide you with a seamless and efficient experience, from the moment you apply for your loan until you close on your new home. Though we work tirelessly to make sure you close on time, want wanted to share some common reasons that could cause a delay.

  1. Pest Inspection. Ideally, these issues are resolved before escrow closes, but sometimes there are issues and further action may need to be taken by either the buyer or the seller.
  2. Low Appraisal. In the case of a lower-than-expected appraisal, the seller may have to lower the selling price, or the buyer will have to pay the difference in cash. In this case, we always think it is a good idea to get a second opinion before moving forward.
  3. Claims to the Title. Title insurance protects both the buyer and lender against claims on the property. If there is in fact a lien or a claim, this will have to be resolved before the transaction can move forward. By simply performing a title search, you can ensure that no party – including the IRS, state, or relative of the seller – has any legal claim to the property.
  4. Home Inspection Defects. Most individuals sign a home inspection contingency, which allows the purchaser to back out of a deal without penalty in the case that there is a major defect in the home inspection. If a contingency is not put in place, the purchaser could lose the entirety of their earnest money down. If the sale proceeds, there may be a delay due to the time it took to go through negotiations.
  5. Buyer or Seller Doubt. Having cold feet is very real, and something that can certainly delay the closing of a new home. Unless there is a legitimate reason to back out of the purchase, i.e., not waiving a contingency or a deadline not being met, the buyer will be at risk of losing their earnest money, should they decide not to go through with the sale.

    This money is used to compensate the seller for the time that the property was taken off the market, missing out on other possible offers. Likewise, in the case of a seller having cold feet, the buyer is eligible for damages from the seller.
  6. Financing Falls Through. It is best practice to get pre-approved, at the very beginning of your homebuying journey, in order to secure the best mortgage loan program for you. However, there are cases, such as a drastic increase in interest rates, a change or loss in employment, or a decrease in credit score, when financing falls through. If this happens, the homebuying process can be delayed or even stopped altogether.
  7. High-Risk Location. In some locations, homes may require Hazard Insurance. To determine if you will need this type of insurance for your new home, you can request a National Hazard Disclosure Report, and see if any national hazards in the area could affect you.

    Hazard Insurance is often greater than homeowner’s insurance and can cause a delay in the closing process. To avoid this, you can ask your agent or city planner about national hazards in your area.
  8. Survey Issue. Before closing on your home, a qualified land surveyor will draw up the boundary lines for your property. In the case of an infringement, either by a neighboring tree or fence, you may have to hire an attorney to facilitate a lot-line agreement.

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