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Seller not responding to our Response to Inspection

We went under contract on a house on August 3rd and had a 15 day contingency period to have the inspection performed.  The inspection was performed well within the contingency period and a Response to Inspection was sent to the seller, also within the contingency period.  Today is the last day for her to respond, she had 5 days from the end of our contingency period.  What happens if she fails to respond within the timeframe outlined in the contract?  Also we can not go to the selling agent as the seller is selling her own house, she is an agent.
  • August 24 2012 - Pittsburgh
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If the repairs you asked for are something you need or want to make the deal happen, and you notified her in writing during the time frame in the purchase agreement, you can walk with your earnest money.  If you still want the house, you have to decide if you can live with making the repairs yourself and still complete the purchase.

Have you talked to her at all?  Maybe she had a health or family issue come up.
  • August 29 2012
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Once the 5 day response time expires you have 2 days to either terminate in writing or accept the house as is.

  • August 29 2012
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If the seller is also the agent, you need to make a paper trail about them being unresponsive and you need to say that if they do not respond within the timeframe that you intend to cancel if that is the case.

Do not leave it up to the seller or seller's agent. Put it in writing and do not let your contingency period run to their advantage.
  • August 27 2012
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If you used the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Standard Agreement For The Sale Of Real Estate (and it sounds like you have) (Clause #13 on pages 6 and 7 lines 329 to 342 address this matter) then no reply by the Seller (line #332) within the five day period given them by the contract means that Seller is not taking any action as to your request. You then have the option per the contract to either accept the property with the conditions discovered by the inspections or to void the contract. If you do not reply to the Seller (or the Seller's lack of reply) in writing (lines 340 to 342) of your intention to void the contract within the timeframe given you per the contract (which is usually two days unless it has been changed and agreed to by all parties) then you agree to accept the Sellers terms (to not making repairs/modifications).

Timeframe's in contracts are to be adhered to and failing to do so may have consequences.

You should always consult a good real estate attorney which I am not.

  • August 27 2012
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Hey Matt, thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com!

I work in Pittsburgh and the contract CAN be voided if they do not respond.  Do you not have an agent working for you?   Your agent should be handling this.  I have seen plenty of time frames pass and the deal still goes through.

If you need my assistance, contact me directly.

Good luck and hope our answers helped.
  • August 24 2012
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Since the seller does not have an agent maybe the seller does  not know what they are doing. Your agent should call them or stop by to see what is going on. Best of luck
  • August 24 2012
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Every agent is "managed" by the principle managing broker in their office.  There may be a different name for the principle broker in your area, but every agent has someone above them who is responsible for their work.
If you are having trouble with your own agent, that is who you go to have yourself heard.  Ask your agent if it is appropriate to go to the seller's managing broker. Your agent should know when to do that.
  • August 24 2012
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I would read your contract and see what it says the consequence is. Is the seller also her own broker? If not, you can go to her broker if she is not responding.
  • August 24 2012
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