Disclosure of the Multiple Offers
With limited supply and increasing house prices, multiple offer situations are becoming more prevalent, and buyers are getting frustrated with the home buying and selling process.
The following information was provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). It explains why seller’s agents are required to complete the new Disclosure of Multiple Offers Presented (DMOP) form and communicate to each buyer’s agents who participated in a multiple offer situation.
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The Completion Date Consequences
It is vital that the completion date on the Contract of Purchase and Sale is adhered to, at all costs by the Buyer. Should the Buyer be at fault and the transaction does not complete as scheduled, the Seller has the option of voiding the contract. In addition, the Seller is legally allowed to keep the full amount of the deposit. There have been several attempts to have the Buyer’s deposit returned to the Buyer. Read the Deposits are Serious blog post for a full understanding.
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What is the Home Buyer Rescission Period?
The Home Buyer Rescission Period was developed by the British Columbia Financial Services Authority (BCFSA). The BCFSA is the governing body for BC real estate agents. The HBRP was implemented in response to the multiple offer situations in 2020-2022. During that frenzy, buyers were writing overpriced offers with no subjects, and then upon acceptance of their offer, regret set in as there was no “easy” way out of the transaction. The HBRP is also known as a non-negotiable, “cooling off period”.
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Deposits Are Serious Business
The Legal Update 2023 BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) course featured a section on deposits. The course showcased the importance of treating deposits as serious business. There have been significant legal cases that have set precedents regarding deposits being forfeited by the Buyer. In summary, the days of “trying an offer” thinking that you can get out of it, during the subject removal period, or just walk away and not pay the deposit are long passed.
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Legal Process for Completing the Sale
This post explains the legal process for the completion of the contract. It is the Buyer’s lawyer who prepares the documents for closing. Hence the reason it costs more in legal closing costs for a Buyer than for a Seller. In addition, the cost is higher if there is a mortgage involved.
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