Part of the escrow process is the ordering of an appraisal by the buyer’s lender. Another major aspect is the ordering of a home inspection by the buyer themselves. It’s important to understand the goal and function of each of these. It’s also important to know what to expect as the home seller from each of these buyer-side actions.
Keep in mind, even if selling to an all-cash buyer, they’ll likely still require a home inspection prior to closing. They may request a home appraisal too, even though there’s no lender involved in the sale. While you can potentially negotiate for no contingencies, it’s rare that buyers will move forward without at least an inspection.
Thus, it’s important to be prepared for both a home appraisal and buyer inspection, regardless of the circumstances of the sale.[Read more…]