How to back out of a contract. The home has open permitsI put a contract on a house that has open permits, my realtor told me that he knows a title company that will give me a clean title by the time of the closing. This ready sounds illegal, of course all this information was given to me after I signed the contract. I made a phone call to the county permits office for which they said nothing has been done to the permits and they still remain open. I feel defrauded and I want to back out of this contract how can I go about doing that and not lose 3,000 I've already given as a down payment. Please help.August 21 2013 - Miami00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.