No contingencies accepted in Stockton at all?

Asked by Karen E, Sarasota, FL Tue Oct 9, 2012

My husband is in Stockton interviewing for a job (relo) and met with an agent (he met at an open house in an area we're interested in) to see a couple properties.

This "agent" told him - NO ONE there will accept an offer on ANY property right now that has a contingency of the sale of the buyers (our) house.

If that's true, how can they even be selling anything at all in Stockton? Only first time buyers or all cash investors would be able to buy a house. Secondly - the market there is DEAD - why make it harder by refusing business?

Something is very fishy about this statement. So I have to ask - for traditional listings (not short sales/REO etc.) is this true?

We are going to be selling our house out of state and require a concurrent close. Selling here first and renting back is a very small possibility, but it's not likely.

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Rocky G.H. H…, Agent, Ripon, CA
Tue Oct 9, 2012
Hi Karen,

Currently we are in a market of very low supply, high demand and escalating prices. Click here to see the market trends for Stockton:…

As a result, you will experience competition on every desirable home. However, there are still ways contingencies can work. It really depends on your current situation and before solutions can be provided, like every agent would, we have to understand your situation.

Credit to you for not giving up and taking "no" for an answer. The fact of the matter is, where there is a will there is a way and it can get done if the offer is structured correctly.

Have a super day!


Rocky G.H. Hawrysz
Prudential California Realty
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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Tue Oct 9, 2012
Sellers in any neighbourhood are reluctant to accept an offer with a house-sale-contingency.

It basically means that their house isn't sold until your house sells. Not a great place to find yourself in today's market.
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Karen E, , Sarasota, FL
Tue Oct 9, 2012
OK, thanks to all who replied - this clarifies it quite a bit. Yes, we're listed on this end right now and expect a fast sale due to our location in a highly desirable area and price range.

Ironic that the low supply is creating a high demand in an area that's so depressed! I expect then that the prices (while depressed) are still slightly artificially inflated due to this??

FWIW - We're Californians that only just moved to WV from CA 2 years ago - moving back is easy.
We would be lshopping in the $500K range, near the country clubs.
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Patrick Henry, , Stockton, CA
Tue Oct 9, 2012
I think there was a little misunderstanding here. First, at this point the inventory is low, so the market is not in favor of the buyer as much as it is the seller. Because of this there are usually multiple offers on a property. This causes a higher demand for each property and thus more competition. When the seller looks at the offers they will be looking at the price and the terms, such as contingencies and the ability for the buyer to close, and close on time, with the least amount of possible problems. I have noticed most agents in this area are looking for a clean offer at this time, meaning no contingencies and no credits. However, if the property has not sold right a way, they might be willing to consider some different terms.
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Roxanne May, Agent, Stockton, CA
Tue Oct 9, 2012
The Stockton market is not dead -- it is very active. Most buyers are investors or owners who lost their homes in the early wave of foreclosures and now qualify to buy again. There are very few ":move-up" buyers due to the drastic drop in home values in recent years. On the few traditional listings there will be multiple offers and owners will pick the most solid offer. I recently listed a traditional equity sale where the owner actually accepted an offer a little under list because it was all cash and could close in 10-15 days. We had several offers over list with financing, but owner felt these were not as solid.

If you are not familiar with the Stockton area, I would advise you to rent for a few months anyway. That way you could take your time to explore the various neighborhoods to be certain you will be happy in your new home. The Stockton market will not recover in the near future and home prices will remain stagnant. If you purchase a home and later find you don't care for the neighborhood you most probably would have to sell at a loss. Remember, it's much easier to get out of a six-month lease than a 30-year mortgage!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Oct 9, 2012
Stockton is close to Fresno; but a different MLS and different problems:

I would guess that the CONTINGENCIES that the Realtor is talking about are things like having to sell your other home first, and making your purchase CONTINGENT upon selling it.

When you talk about the LOAN CONTINGENCY, APPRAISAL CONTINGENCY, and INSPECTION CONTINGENCIES; I would never want my Client to make an OFFER without them: The Buyer must be protected, and these contingencies are critical.

If the "agent" is including these in his arguement; I would suggest working with another Agent because he is not representing YOUR best interests.

If you need to sell the other house first; you should consider that you will have a period where you rent and live some place for a short time: It means moving twice, and is a pain in the behind, but it is very unlikely that you will be able to time the two sales perfectly. Fact of life!

Good luck and may God bless
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