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  • Writer's picturePeter Lamont, Esq.

Contingencies Every Buyer's Contract Should Include | New Jersey Real Estate

When buying a property, the real estate contract is one of the most important documents to be executed. This document outlines the conditions and contingencies of the sale and can spell out what happens in different situations. Buyers need to have their contracts thoroughly reviewed by their real estate lawyer before signing. To learn more about the attorney review process, you can read our post, Understanding Attorney Review.

Buyer Contingencies Every Contract Should Include

If you are buying a home, there are a few common contingencies that should be included in your real estate contract.

  • INSPECTION. One of these is the inspection contingency. This clause allows the buyer to have a professional inspection of the property, to ensure that it is in good condition. If there are any problems with the property that are not disclosed by the seller, the buyer can back out of the sale. With the contingency in place, the buyer can also attempt to negotiate a lower purchase price based on the findings of the inspection, request a credit at closing, or request that the seller make the necessary repairs.

  • FINANCING. Another common contingency is the financing contingency. This clause protects the buyer if they are unable to secure financing for the purchase. If the buyer is not able to get a loan, they can back out of the sale without penalty. This contingency is important to have in place, as it can be difficult to obtain financing on a home, particularly in today's market.

  • APPRAISAL. The appraisal contingency is another clause that should be included in your real estate contract. This allows the buyer to have an independent appraisal of the property done, to ensure that they are paying a fair price. If the appraised value of the property is lower than the agreed-upon purchase price, the buyer can back out of the sale.

  • TITLE. Finally, the title contingency protects the buyer in case there are any problems with the title to the property. If there are any liens or encumbrances on the property, the buyer can back out of the sale. This contingency is important to have in place, in order to protect the buyer's investment.


If you are buying a home, it is important to have the proper contingencies in place. The most common contingencies include inspection, financing, appraisal, and title. Having these contingencies in your contract will help protect you as a buyer and ensure that the sale goes smoothly.

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