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rpuentecabre…, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA

Seller wants to keep my deposit after he canceled because escrow didn't closed on time (30 day) what can I do?

Asked by rpuentecabrera, Los Angeles, CA Wed Aug 27, 2014

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rpuentecabrera,
Your contract indicates what you are supposed to do and what the seller is supposed to do. If you didn't close on time, baring a contingency agreement that protects you, they may be able to claim the earnest money.
Now, if they don't have a back up offer ready to go and you can close a day or few later, they would probably be better off just finishing up with you.
Review your contract, talk to your agent and lender, fix whatever kept you from closing and find out when you can close. One option is to release the earnest money in exchange for the time you need to close (plus a few days for safety sake). The funds are still applied to your purchase and if you are able to close, everyone wins. Talk to your agent and lender before you offer this, to make sure you can close.
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If you still intend on closing, then the seller will get your deposit and it will be credited to you at closing. If you are unable to close on the property and the deal is closed, your real estate agent is the best person to answer your question as he or she has a copy of the agreement. But, most likely the Seller will be able to keep your deposit.
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Do you have an agent that you worked with? If so, start with your agent and the broker?

If you don't have one, you need a lawyer. There are important details that we're missing here...so it's hard to respond.

If in face you did remove contingencies, the seller is probably entitled to something. The California purchase contract allows for mediation and arbitration. But you definitely need a professional guiding you.
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Seek the advice of a lawyer. Without seeing the contract we have no idea what was agreed to.
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