How do I calculate the risks of waiving a financing or appraisal contingency?

By James Woods
Managing Partner

The best way to gauge the risk of waiving contingencies is to take a close look at your own finances, as well as research comparable apartment sales in the neighborhood, our experts say.

In a seller’s market where bidding wars are commonplace, many buyers opt to waive contingencies as a strategy for standing out from the competition. Waiving a mortgage contingency—a clause in the contract that allows buyers to get out of a real estate deal if they can’t secure financing—means that the buyer will lose their deposit if their financing falls through. 

“Waiving a mortgage contingency in a competitive market is almost essential for a buyer to be competitive,” says Deanna Kory, a broker with Corcoran. “Buyers who are confident in their financial ability to attain a mortgage often do go ahead and drop the mortgage contingency, because their banker has given them enough assurance that it will not be a problem.” 

Appraisal contingencies, meanwhile, protect the buyer in the event that the apartment they’re buying is appraised for less than its sales price. Without such a contingency in place, the buyer would have to make up the difference in price themselves if the appraisal falls short, rather than back out of the contract or re-negotiate the sales price. 

Pro Tip:

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About the Author

James Woods, Managing Partner of Woods Lonergan, holds more than 25 years of experience in corporate, real estate, and business legal matters. His expertise in handling negotiations, litigation, jury trials, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution spans multiple areas, including corporate, real estate, and commercial litigation. James actively represents dozens of Cooperative and Condominium Boards and serves as counsel to many Corporate Boards. Prior to founding the firm, James proudly served as an Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County and handled both jury and bench trials. With experience that also covers sophisticated transactions and complex acquisitions, James also serves as counsel to several domestic companies in a range of industries and commercial arenas, including real estate, insurance, banking, transportation, and construction. If you have any questions about this article you can contact attorney James Woods through his biography page.

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