Charlotte NC Home Buyer Question: Can I Make an Offer on a Bank Owned Home Contingent on Selling My Current Home?


This is by far one of the most common questions from Charlotte NC home Buyerscan you use a contingency (on selling a current home) when making an offer on a bank owned house for sale in Charlotte?

The answer: No.

Using a contingency on selling (or closing the sale of) your current home is just not a match for bank owned OR short sale homes for sale in Charlotte NC.

The reason?  Banks are NOT going to allow you an “out” or contingency that you have to sell your current house in order to follow through and close on their bank owned home for sale.  Too much risk for them and all they care about is getting the bank owned house for sale SOLD – they’re not going to wait around and risk tying up that asset while you figure out if your current home is going to sell and close (because even if your current house is under contract already, it’s not sold till it’s settled, funded and recorded!)

Same thing with short sales listed for sale in Charlotte.

If you have a house you need to sell (and close on) before you can buy your next home….you have a couple of choices:

Focus on the non-distressed Charlotte NC homes for sale (believe it or not there are plenty of those out there)

Focus on getting your current home sold (and successfully closed) first and consider doing a short-term rental before buying your next home

If you absolutely are opposed to renting for even a short-term before buying your next home – then you DO need to be aware that bank owned and any kind of distressed Charlotte NC home for sale is simply NOT going to be a good fit for you as you consider options in your search for a next home.

There is of course a third option – if you qualify to buy the next home without having to sell your current home first.  But you’d need to seriously go over that with your mortgage professional and weigh whether that’s a valid option for you. AND you still wouldn’t be able to add a contingency on selling a home before buying that bank owned home in Charlotte.


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Joyfully divorced, Diane is passionate about sharing her story, experience, wisdom and insight from this beautifully brutal life. Passionate about heartfelt connection in all areas of her life she is a public introvert and most enjoys connecting with and spending quality time with friends, chosen family and clients that are uplifting and inspiring. Her core values of connection, humor, integrity, authentic alignment influence all aspects of her life. She is intentional in all that she does. Diane is the founder and owner of Between the Lines LLC Ghostwriting Services and McDermott Real Estate LLC
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1 Response to Charlotte NC Home Buyer Question: Can I Make an Offer on a Bank Owned Home Contingent on Selling My Current Home?

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