Hi there Beanner - by asking for the mortgage commitment date be extended, the buyer's agent is asking for more time to secure it. This may simply be due to a delay on the part of the bank in processing paperwork - they are certainly in deep right now with refi activity on top of new loans, or it could signal a delay on the part of the buyer in getting in their application and other paperwork. It could also be a delay in receipt of the appraisal. Whatever the delay, it should be explainable and so I concur that asking the agent why the extension is needed is a good idea. It is not uncommon, but it is very smart to stay on top of the details, just in case the problem is more serious. If you are uneasy about the delay - and your agent and attorney will be able to advise you here - we do have status in the MLS now that allows you to indicate that a property is under contract but that you are still showing (UCS)...not a bad idea if after doing your due diligence you are uneasy.
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