Home Buyer Backed out of Contract

Florida home buyer

Did your homebuyer recently back out of your Florida contract? 

Few things are as frustrating as that — it leaves you (the seller) in a financially and personally precarious position. 

Here’s how you can recover!

First of all, remember that a home purchase is a legally binding contract. So, if a buyer backs out without a legitimate reason, it may indicate a breach of contract. This gives the seller some recourse and can create a much better negotiating position.

1. Review the contract

Next, you should thoroughly review the contract to see if there are any clauses that would allow the buyer to back out without penalty. If so, you may be out of luck. However, if there are no such clauses, it may be possible to take legal action against the buyer.

2. Claim the earnest money

If the buyer backs out after the contract has been signed, you may be entitled to the earnest money. This is money that the buyer puts down to show that they are serious about the purchase. It is usually held in escrow by the real estate firm, title company, or lawyer and can be used to cover the seller’s costs if the buyer backs out.

3. Negotiate with the buyer

If the buyer does have a legitimate reason for backing out, it may be possible to negotiate with them to find a solution that works for both parties. For example, you could agree to a lower selling price or a later closing date.

4. Relist it and look for a new buyer

Lots of times, sellers just list their house again and try to look for a new buyer as quickly as possible. Talk to your realtor about why the first buyers backed out since that could affect you in finding a future buyer.

5. Sell your house fast for cash

Or here’s an easy option! Give us a call at (813)324-3131. We can make you a fair offer and can close quickly with no financing contingency. We’d love to chat.

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