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We are selling our home and the buyer has breached the contract by not having a mortgage commitment by the due date.

Asked by Home Buyer, New Jersey Fri Jun 7, 2013

Its now past the due date and their lawyer sent mine a email stating they have a "Verbal approval" after my lawyer pressed theirs for a commitment letter, their agent seems to be stalling telling mine stop worrying you will have the paper soon. If their lawyer sent mine a letter saying they have a verbal approval does that mean I should worry they don't have a mortgage yet? Do I have any recourse?

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In Texas you might want to reread that portion of the contract.
This is an out for the buyer in most cases, not an out for the seller.
Typically this would not be breach.
Of course it depends on how the contract is written.
In most cases I would be shocked to see a lender write a commitment letter by the financing approval date. Typically final approval is not granted until a day or two before closing.
Every case is different, but that's normal. Rarely have I seen approval 2-3 weeks into a contract.
Lots of people misread this.
It is also surprising to see letters between lawyers going back and forth.
Are you using a board certified real estate attorney?
If you have attorneys involved, and writing letters, you should be referring to them for advice as they should know the contract specifically that you have signed.
We are not attorneys here and therefore cannot give legal advice and don't know the specifics of the contract you have written or signed.
It does not sound like the standard TREC contract, but perhaps one an attorney wrote themselves.
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Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
I can't speak to the specific situation of your buyer. However, I can testify to the fact that mortgages are harder to qualify for, and much harder for loan officers to document to the new strict guidelines we live with. The bottom line is this: Do you want to sell it to them, or do you want to put it back on the market and take your chances with the next buyer that comes along? There should be an extension of the contract though.

Barbara Coker
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100% Home Loans All Over Texas
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 7, 2013
At this stage of the game I just to sell it, the closing date was supposed to be in 10 days. I have another house I am supposed to be closing on and have spent money on home inspections and title searches and surveys, I can't afford for them to back out now.
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