As far as the addendum goes, you can expect that if the seller signs it themselves, you have a contract. And the contract will give you a certain amount of time for your inspections, appraisal & loan contingencies. During your inspection time frame you will have the time specified to review all of the information provided by the seller & your agent.
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First, if you don't understand what's going on then you need to get clarification before you sign ANYthing else. There is too much on the line to be proceeding with a transaction you don't understand. You should have your agent explain things to you so that you understand, and if he/she is incapable of that then go to their broker for further explanation.
As far as the addendum, this is a commonplace occurrence to address things not clearly spelled out or covered in the purchase contract so there is no need for alarm that an addendum is coming, just make sure you know what you're signing.
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I agree with the other answers to your questions and can attest that buying a home can be stressful unless you have a local real estate professional to help you through the process. With the help of a buyers agent, all of these items are explained as you go through the process and you at least have an understanding of what to expect as you go through them.
The sales process can move quickly, especially if your offer was accepted, which from the sounds of it may have been and you should be pleased since many offers are often beat out by multiple buyers trying to buy the same property.
There are different types of addendum documents and to speculate would be counter-productive, however if your offer was a for an REO, bank owned, foreclosure property, the typical addendum, usually several pages, becomes the final acceptance of your offer document and outlines all of the final terms and conditions of the sale.
Your buyers agent (real estate agent) should have covered these documents and explained what they mean.
If you don't understand what you're signing then you should sign anything. Ask your real estate agent to meet with you and review these items and have them explain them to you. If your real estate agent doesn't understand or doesn't want to review them with you, ask to speak to their broker, all California real estate agents work under a broker who is responsible for their actions.
Buying a home at this time is a great time since home prices are low and interest rates are low too, therefore see it through the end and you will have a great experience being a home owners for many years to come.
If you know others who need professional real estate assistance, please have them contact me at their convenience.
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Once you sign the contract/addendums it is assumed that you understood what you were agreeing to.
It can seem complicated and overwhelming and stress is often inevitable. You may not have time to understand it all but you should be clear about what you are agreeing to, especially if the addendum supersedes items you agreed to in the original contract .
Your State Real Estate Board may have a detailed consumer guide on the agreement of sale on it's website.
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If you are represented by an agent - just slow down and ask questions. If you are buying direct from a developer or seller - same deal slow down and or get independant advise from the appropriate professional in your area. Any terms or additional info made to be part of the contract is important.