Waiving Financing Contingencies

February 3rd, 2015

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I sometimes get asked about waiving one or all contingencies in a real estate contract. This helps make for a more aggressive offer in a competitive sellers’ market. The main contingencies in most real estate contracts are the appraisal contingency, the financing contingency, the termite inspection contingency, and the home inspection contingency. I am not a proponent or an opponent of any of these strategies. I simply want to discuss the pros and cons of each since it is a question I do get. Let me take these one at a time.

Is this really done?

Waiving the financing contingency is something I usually only see done with someone who either has the assets to pay cash for a home just in case the loan approval does not come through. Or maybe they have a wealthy family member that has the cash to backstop them in case there is a problem with the loan approval. I will have lengthy conversations with a client about what can go wrong. But in the end you cannot initially predict all the things that can go wrong. So you are potentially taking on a big risk by waiving the financing contingency.

How can this go wrong?

I had two clients married to each other who had high credit scores, 25% down payment, and stable jobs and income. Everything seemed to suggest their loan was certain. So they waived the financing contingency along with all other contingencies. One thing that we are required to do at the very end of a mortgage transaction is pull an updated credit report. This is required to double check and see if the mortgage borrower may have opened up new credit since the loan application that may impact their debt ratios. This couple I am thinking of had a rental property in the wife’s name with a mortgage that had a clean mortgage history. And the last minute credit report we pull showed one late mortgage payment on it!

When I asked her about it she said, “Yes, that is accurate. We had a dispute with the mortgage company over the property taxes. And one payment was made late a few months ago while we resolved the issue.” This is a big problem as any existing mortgage that has been paid late in the last 12 months will preclude one from getting a new mortgage. So I told her the options were that they could not get a loan. This is of course a crisis when you have waived your financing contingency.

Or we can come up with a “Plan B.” Then I realized the husband qualified for the loan on his income alone. So we pulled her name off the loan application and had the credit report redone in his name alone. The loan was re-approved, and we settled. There were a few sleepless nights for these mortgage borrowers.

More stories

I have had clients buy a new Mercedes during the processing of their loan. A few clients have run up their credit card debts buying new furniture during the process. One client even cosigned a mortgage for an employee. All of these stories could have derailed their loan applications. I found solutions for all those problems, however. Nonetheless, they are good stories to illustrate how you never know what may go wrong with a loan application process. This is why you have to think very seriously before you waive a financing contingency.

In the next blog I will discuss waiving the Home Inspection contingency.

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Brian Martucci is a loan officer for Capital Bank Home Loans, a division of Capital Bank, N.A. He has been in the mortgage industry since 1986 and has served in a number of roles, including loan processor, loan officer, mortgage broker, branch manager, and vice president. Brian Martucci – NMLS# 185421. His opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of Capital Bank Home Loans or Capital Bank. Capital Bank, N.A.- NMLS# 401599. Click here for the Capital Bank, N.A. “Privacy Policy”.

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