How long can a house be under contract?

The terms of the offer and the related clauses in the purchase contract may determine how long a home seller has to accept an offer. Most agreements include a time frame, and some states also have established deadlines.It normally takes 30-45 days to close on a house. There are other procedures involved, such as setting up your appraisal, having your house inspected, gaining underwriting approval, and providing any further paperwork your lender requires.

What does it mean when a house is still under contract?

When a buyer and seller have signed and dated legal paperwork to acquire a home, the property is considered to be under contract in real estate. The written contract includes information on the parties and the property being bought, as well as a breakdown of the cost and price of the deal.Once everyone has signed the contract, they are all required by law to abide by its provisions. A home that is under contract may occasionally be referred to as “contingent.” That merely means that certain requirements, or “contingencies,” must be satisfied in order for the sale to go through.

What is the difference between pending and under contract?

You might notice the words “contingent,” “under contract,” or “pending” on a real estate ad when you’re looking for a home. These clauses have some significant differences that, as a buyer, may help you decide whether to keep an eye on the house in case the transaction falls through.

Under contract

Since the current buyer and seller are still negotiating the terms of the contract, a home listing with any of these statuses indicates that there is still a potential you may purchase the property. For instance, if there is an inspection clause, the buyer may withdraw if the inspection of the house finds issues that the seller is unwilling to address. You could then pounce and purchase the home when it resurfaces on the market.


A buyer has either submitted an offer without contingencies or agreed to them if a house transaction is in progress. Even if there is a potential that the purchase could fall through if the buyer’s mortgage application is rejected, you’ll probably need to continue your house search.

How long do most houses stay pending?

A seller has accepted a buyer’s offer when a sale is pending. Pending typically means that the contingencies have been resolved, the contract has been signed, and all that is left is to move through the closing processes of escrow, as opposed to a contingent status, which indicates that the seller has accepted an offer but still needs to fulfill some requirements. There are no hard and fast rules regarding how long a home should be listed as pending; it all depends on the buyer and the seller. However, residences are typically labeled as pending for 30 to 60 days. The buyer may close on the home considerably sooner if they are paying cash.

Why would a house be pending for so long?

Numerous unimportant factors can cause a pending offer to remain unacted upon for weeks or even months. These could be delays with surveys, appraisals, homeowner insurance, or even inspections. Here are a few additional points to be mindful of.


Repairs can undoubtedly lead to the pending status extending for a longer amount of time, according to Ross. The majority of the time, both parties concur. But occasionally, when animosity flares up, parties consult an attorney. The property will remain pending during this period.

Financing issues

According to Michelle Sloan, a realtor with Re/Max Time Cincinnati, “Pending offers can run longer than 30 to 60 days if the buyer and seller agree to a longer-term owing to financing concerns.”

Missing paperwork or special loans

Title problems fall under the category of missing papers, according to Chris McDermott, principal broker of McDermott Realty, “such as a missing deed or a signature on a deed from a long-lost family member.”

Can a seller back out of a contract?

There are two primary ways for a seller to lawfully end a contract:

  • For the purposes specified in the agreement. Contingencies are just one of the grounds listed in the contract that the seller may withdraw.
  • The buyer has broken the agreement. The seller may be able to terminate the agreement if the buyer “failure to perform,” which is the legal phrase for not upholding their end of the bargain.

For more information contact the experts at Cain Mortgage Team.