Cash or Contingent, Which Offer is Better?

For sellers, it’s beneficial to understand the various sorts of offers you may receive. Cash and contingent offers are among the most common, with each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. When assessing bids for your house, you may make an informed decision by examining the differences between these two types of offers from the perspective of the seller.

Cash Offers
In this scenario, the buyer has the necessary funds readily available to cover the entire purchase price. From the seller’s viewpoint, a cash offer represents a buyer’s willingness to purchase a property without requiring financing.

• Cash offers reduce the risk of the transaction falling through due to financing issues, offering peace of mind for sellers seeking a successful closing.
• Without the mortgage approval process, cash offers typically close within 1-3 weeks, beneficial for sellers needing quick relocation or who have already purchased a new home.
• Cash offers often involve fewer contingencies, such as financing or appraisal requirements, resulting in a smoother transaction process with fewer potential roadblocks.

• Cash buyers may seek to negotiate a lower price or more favorable terms, capitalizing on the appeal of a swift and certain closing.

Contingent Offers
From the seller’s viewpoint, a contingent offer represents a buyer’s proposal to purchase a property based on specific conditions or contingencies. These commonly include securing mortgage approval, selling an existing home, a satisfactory home inspection, and an appraisal meeting or exceeding the purchase price.

• Contingent buyers may be offered to a higher purchase price to compete with other buyers, making their offer more attractive to sellers.
• Contingent offers opens your property to a larger pool of potential buyers, increasing the likelihood of receiving multiple offers.

• It generally takes longer to close, as buyers need to satisfy contingencies before proceeding, which can be a disadvantage for sellers needing a quick closing or with a tight moving timeline.
• Contingent offers bring more uncertainty, as the transaction hinges on the buyer meeting the contingencies, possibly leading to delays or the deal falling through.

Deciding between a cash offer and a contingent offer hinges on your specific priorities and objectives as a seller. If a swift and assured closing process is your goal, a cash offer may be the preferable option. It can provide greater certainty and a quicker timeline, especially beneficial when a speedy home sale is essential.

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Shirin Rezania Ramos | 858.345.0685 | | Compass, DRE 0203379

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