This could mean one of two things. It depends on the context.
For Sale Under Contract
Rarely, you will see a listing that says, “for sale under contract.” So, what does that even mean?!
A sale under contract sometimes means the owner is financing the deal. The current owner carries a contract with the buyer for the property. So, no mortgage is needed.
The contract will state the interest rates and the terms. If you are interested in a property listed as “for sale under contract,” you’ll need to make certain that you have had all inspections, appraisals, etc.. You’ll check the title and current mortgage.
This type of sale can help some people get into a home even if a lender won’t qualify them. Check the contract though, because often they will require you to come up with financing in three to seven years. If you find yourself in a situation like this, be certain to consult with a real estate attorney. They’ll help make sure that an escrow account is set up so that taxes and insurance are still paid. If you consult with a real estate attorney, your risks are generally negligible.
For Sale – Under Contract
Alternately and more commonly, you will see a listing that reads, “For Sale – Under Contract.” This is not the same thing. When you see that, that simply means that the sale hasn’t actually closed. They may be waiting on inspections. This is similar to seeing, “Sale Pending” on the listing. You can always put in a back up offer though, because about 20 percent of the sales that are “Under Contract” don’t end up closing in some markets. This is an important reason to choose a knowledgeable realtor with a good network.
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