(626) 262-4321


519 Falling Leaf Alley
Monrovia, CA 91016 USA

Real Estate Broker - California Department of Real Estate
DRE #1527206 | NMLS #1665660

  • Benson Pang

88 Things That Can Go Wrong In A Real Estate Transaction

The Lender/Closing Attorney:

1.Fails to notify lender/agents of unsigned or unreturned documents.

2.Fails to obtain information from beneficiaries, lienholders, insurance companies, or lenders in a timely manner.

3.Lets principals leave town without getting all necessary signatures.

4.Loses or incorrectly prepares paperwork.

5.Does not pass on valuable information quickly enough.

6.Does not coordinate well, so that many items can be done simultaneously.

7.Does not get HUD to buyer/seller for review and there are errors.

8.Does not find liens or title problems until the last minute.

The Buyer/Borrower:

9. Omits important financial information on the application.

10. Submits incorrect information to the lender.

11. Has recent late payments on credit report.

12. Found out about additional debt after loan application.

13. Borrower loses job.

14. Co-borrower loses job.

15. Income verification lower than what was stated on loan application.

16. Overtime income not allowed by underwriter for qualifying.

17. Applicant makes large purchase on credit before closing.

18. Illness, injury, divorce or other financial setback during escrow.

19. Lacks motivation.

20. Gift donor changes mind.

21. Cannot locate divorce decree.

22. Cannot locate petition or discharge of bankruptcy.

23. Cannot locate tax returns.

24. Cannot locate bank statements.

25. Difficulty in obtaining verification of rent.

26. Interest rate increases and borrower no longer qualifies.

27. Loan programs changes with higher rates, points, and fees.

28. Child support not disclosed on application.

29. Borrower is a foreign national.

30. Bankruptcy within the last two years.

31. Mortgage payment is double the previous housing payment.

32. Borrower/co-borrower does not have steady two-year employment history.

33. Borrower brings in handwritten pay stubs.

34. Borrower switches to job requiring probation period just before closing.

35. Borrower switches to job from salary to 100% commission income.

36. Borrower/co-borrower/seller dies.

37. Family members or friends do not like the home buyer chooses.

38. Buyer is too picky about property in price range they can afford

39. Buyer forgets to get PREPAID INSURANCE BINDER (not needed for condo.)

40. Veterans DD214 form not available.

41. Buyer has spent money needed for down payment/closing costs, comes up short at closing.

42. Buyer does not properly “paper trail” additional money that comes from gifts, loans, etc.

43. Doesn’t bring cashier’s check made out to “self” to the closing for down payment/bank fees.

The Seller:

44. Loses motivation to sell (job transfer does not go through, reconciles marriage, etc.)

45. Cannot find a suitable replacement property.

46. Will not allow appraiser and inspector inside home.

47. Seller does not get final water/utility readings for closing attorney.

48. Removes property from the premises the buyer believed was included.

49. Is unable to clear up liens against their property- short on cash to close.

50. Did not own 100% of property as previously disclosed.

51. Thought getting partners signatures were “no problem,” but they were.

52. Leaves town without giving anyone Power of Attorney.

53. Delays the projected move-out date.

54. Did not complete the repairs agreed to in contract.

55. Seller’s home goes into foreclosure during escrow.

56. Misrepresents information about home and neighborhood to the buyer.

57. Does not disclose all hidden or unknown defects and they are subsequently discovered at home inspection.

58. Builder miscalculates completion date of new home.

59. Seller has not moved out of property.

60. Seller is not prepared for final walk through of property.

61. Seller does not appear for closing and won’t sign papers.

The Realtor(s):

62. Has bad communication skills.

63. Delays access to property for inspection and appraisals.

64. Unfamiliar with their client’s financial position- do they have enough equity to sell, etc.

65. Does not get completed paperwork to the lender in time.

66. Inexperienced in this type of property transaction.

67. Takes unexpected time off during transaction and can’t be reached.

68. Has huge ego that gets in the way of progress.

69. Does not do sufficient homework on their clients or the property and wastes everyone’s time.

The Property:

70. Board of Health will not approve septic system or well.

71. Inspection report reveals substantial pest damage and seller is not willing to fix or repair.

72. Home was misrepresented as to size and condition.

73. Home is destroyed prior to closing.

74. Home not structurally sound.

75. Home is uninsurable for homeowner’s insurance.

76. Property incorrectly zoned.

77. Portion of home sits on neighbor’s property.

78. Unique home and comparable properties for appraisal difficult to find.

The Appraiser:

79. Is not local and misunderstands the market.

80. Is too busy to complete the appraisal on schedule.

81. No comparable sales are available.

82. Is not on the lender’s “approved list.”

83. Makes important mistakes on appraisal and brings in value too low.

84. Lender requires a second or “review” appraisal.

The Inspectors:

85. Inspector too busy to schedule inspection when needed.

86. Inspector not experienced in representing accurate condition of property.

87. Home inspector not available when needed.

88. Inspection reports alarm buyer and sale is cancelled.