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Anu, Home Buyer in 90404

Seller destroying property after close of escrow?

Asked by Anu, 90404 Thu Jun 28, 2012

Hi -

We have agreed on the purchase agreement to take possession of the house 2 days after close of Escrow. We are paying only $2000 less than the asking price. Since it is a new house the seller denied providing the one year insurance as the property is a recent construction (2 year old); we agreed on that in the agreement. Now, the seller seems to be angry at us for the price we are paying him for the house, but he doesn’t have a choice but to sell the house.

Now our fear is that:

1) What if the seller damages the property in the 2 days after the escrow is closed and before they move out?
2) In your experience have you seen this happening?
3) Is there anything that can be done to avoid that? Maybe send a notice to the seller?
4) What can be done if the property is destroyed – can we go after the seller through lawyer?
5) Can we request for change in contract now to take the possession of the house on day of close of escrow?

Appreciate your advice.


Help the community by answering this question:


You take your Realtor with you, before the Closing, and you do a final walk-thru:
If there is anything wrong, you refuse to accept the house.
If everything is Ok, you go to the Closing and get your keys and meet a locksmith back at the house and have him change the locks.
If, at any time, you find vandalisn and damage, you call the Police and have them fill out a report.

Good luck and may God bless
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