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November 7, 2017 • Stay Connected!

QUESTION:  Is a buyer or seller prohibited from withdrawing their offer or counteroffer, contained in the Form 35R (Inspection Response Addendum), prior to acceptance?

ANSWER:  When buyer and seller sign Form 35 (Inspection Contingency), they each agree that their inspection contingency negotiations will provide the other party three days to consider the offer they make. Said differently, buyer agrees that when buyer makes a request of seller, based on Form 35, buyer will give seller three days to accept, counter or reject buyer's request. During those three days, buyer agrees that buyer will not withdraw buyer's request for repairs and/or concessions. Buyer agrees that during those three days, buyer will not change buyer's mind and terminate the agreement. If seller fails to respond during seller's three day response period, buyer then has three days to determine how buyer wants to proceed and could, at that time, terminate the PSA.
If, however, seller responds, during seller's three day response period, by countering buyer's request for repairs and/or concessions, seller also agrees that seller will not withdraw seller's counteroffer for three days following seller's delivery of the counteroffer. Seller agrees that buyer will have the benefit of all three days to consider seller's counteroffer and decide how to proceed.
The boiler plate language that creates this limitation on withdrawing offers and counteroffers under the inspection contingency is found in Form 35, lines 37-39.


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Primary Mortgage Rates Survey
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 November 2, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.94%  3.27%  3.23%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 October 26, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.94%  3.25%  3.21%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 October 19, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.88%  3.19%  3.17%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

 October 12, 2017  30-yr FRM  15-Yr FRM  5/1-Yr ARM
 Average Rates  3.91%  3.21%  3.16%
 Fees & Points  0.5
 Margin  N/A  N/A  2.74

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