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What Threatens Your Closings the Most | Realtor Magazine

The majority of contracts settle on time, but more than a quarter of practitioners are citing delays due to common culprits.

In the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index report, 29 percent of real estate professionals say they faced a delay to settlement and 5 percent reported a contract that was terminated. Sixty-seven percent of practitioners reported their contracts were settled on time.

Among the contracts that had a delay to settlement, 38 percent were due to issues related to obtaining financing and 22 percent were from appraisal issues. Survey respondents blamed appraisal-centered delays on the shortage of appraisers, valuations that were not in line with market conditions, and “out-of-town” appraisers who were not familiar with local conditions.

Other issues that caused delays involved titles, sales contingencies, problems related to distressed sales, home/hazard or flood insurance issues, or a buyer losing a job.


Among contracts that were terminated, the most common reasons were related to home inspections, obtaining financing, and appraisal problems.

The median number of days to close a contract was 40 days in January, down slightly from 42 days a year ago in January 2016, NAR reports.


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