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QUESTION:  I have a question regarding the form 44 - Bump Notice, where the buyer has the option of removing the contingency of having to have their home sold in order to proceed with the sale. "Buyer’s Property Not Sold – Contingency Waived. Buyer has not accepted an offer to sell Buyer’s Property; however, Buyer waives the contingency in Buyer’s Sale of Property Contingency Addendum (Form 22B). Buyer understands that by waiving this contingency, Buyer waives all other contingencies in the Agreement (including inspection, financing, etc.)."
Why should all other contingencies be waived? All I want to do is waive the buyers contingent home sale and have the rest of the contingencies remain the same.

ANSWER:  When buyer entered the PSA using Form 22B, buyer agreed to this waiver provision in the event buyer waives the home sale contingency. This is not an occurrence that presents itself, for the first time, with Form 44.
Simply put, buyer is required to waive all contingencies when buyer waives the home sale contingency because when buyer first agreed to purchase seller's home, buyer represented to seller, through the Form 22B, that buyer could not close the purchase of seller's home without selling buyer's contingent property. Now that seller has another offer, buyer is willing to say something different, and represent to seller that buyer can close the transaction without selling buyer's property. There is an inconsistency in buyer's representations to seller and if buyer is not being truthful at this point, the cost to seller is the loss of a buyer to whom seller wanted to sell the property. As a result, before seller can be forced to walk away from the new buyer, the original buyer is required to commit to the unequivocal and non-contingent purchase of seller's property. For that reason, Form 22B, the home sale contingency addendum, requires the buyer who waives the home sale contingency to also waive every other contingency benefiting buyer.


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Primary Mortgage Rates Survey
(updated every Thursday)  Source:  Freddie Mac
 September 28, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.83%  3.13%  3.20%
 Fees & Points  0.6
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 September 21, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.83%  3.13%  3.17%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 September 14, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.78%  3.08%  3.13%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 September 7, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.78%  3.08%  3.15%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

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