A contract should never say: "On June 30 or sooner." It should say: "On June 30 are sooner, as mutually agreed." If it just says "or sooner" then the buyer is agreeing to something that they probably cannot do, whereas the seller could probably close at virtually any point in time. If a seller gets a better offer with an "or sooner" offer they could demand to close in two days and then kill the existing deal when the buyer cannot perform to what they agreed to.
The buyer could argue that "as mutually agreed" was implicit, and that might possibly win, but I think it's better to be explicit and avoid these types of arguments entirely.
Note: This post is not legal advice. To obtain legal advice a party would need to contact an attorney directly and have that attorney review their specific situation and advise them of the risks of a course of conduct.
So in Seattle it is not uncommon. Your contract will tell you the closing date and it could be a definitive date (like June 5, 2013) or it could say, June 5th or sooner. Both parties need to
agree on the closing date so you do not need to worry that the closing date can move forward
or be delayed without your consent.
So, here it the other thing. The escrow company must adhere to to the contract exactly. They can close on the date in the contract but if the contract says; 'on or before', then they have the ability to close when all parties are ready.
Enjoy your new home!
There are some lenders where they always seem to take longer than agreed!
I guess you are selling a house and want to close it early for some reason. Unfortunately, if the closing day is reasonably within 30-45 days, the transaction is not likely to close early. Sorry~~~
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So all in all it is common and sometimes it is a good thing to help the new home owners to get in the property sooner.