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What does Sale Pending mean?...can someone still buy the house if it is

I was interested in a house a while back, but the last time I checked it said "Sale Pending". I want to know exactly what that means?....can someone else still look at, or buy the house?
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Karen Butler
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Someone has made an offer to purchase the property, and the seller has accepted that offer. And now it is going through the process of appraisal, survey, title search and loan process. The closing date has been set. Now, having said that, things happen sometimes that cause that sale to fall through ie job loss, etc. So if you really like that house you can do 1 of 2 things. See if you can make a back up offer (for the just in case)or 2 watch to see if it closes when it is scheduled to, and if not, it may come back on the market again, so mark your calendar.
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Thank you so much for your help and advice!

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Jon Griffith
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Sale Pending means that a home is under contract, depending on the local MLS board's rules. Backup contracts can be submitted in most cases, but it usually means that the home is about to change hands.
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Thanks for your help!

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not all all it went form sale pending to sale pending with contract then back to sale pending as the would be buyer found so many issues and the listing agents willing to show the house with a pr-approval why

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Anja Kerstens
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Here in California it means that the home is under contract with or without release of contingencies, i.e. sale will be contingent upon sale of another property, etc. Property will continue to be shown and offers accepted depending of the stage of the Pending process. Read a more detailed explanation on my blog. http://activerain.com/blogsview/2152294/pending-with-release-what-does-it-mean-

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Michelle Carr-Crowe
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Sale pending means there is an accepted offer on the property. In Santa Clara County's multiple listing system there are 3 categories for pending sale:

1) pending release, meaning there is either a lender approval needed (if it's a short sale) or the buyer has a home to sell to complete the deal. You can usually arrange to still see the home with this status.

2) pending show, meaning there are contingencies on the property (usually loan, appraisal, property, title and perhaps HOA) that must be met before the deal is considered solid. As you might guess from the name "pending show" you can usually arrange to see the home during this status.

3) pending do not show, which means all of the contingencies have been met and the parties are going through the final paperwork to close the deal. You can figure out that it's not possible to see a home with this status.


With both status 1 & 2, you may be able to submit a back-up offer. Then if the accepted offer backs out, you can step in to become the new accepted offer.

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Eva Albuja
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Nancy, did you buy a house?
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No, I was interested in a home that was "Sale pending"...then when I checked it a few days later it was "Sold".

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We are in a contract pending. we have lived in the house for 3 yrs. Do we still have to pay rent while this house is still pending , waiting for closing date.

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Jaswant Sandhu
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I want to sale my house prperty. It is a historical prperty as a fort fateh by BABA BANDA SINGH AHADUR.

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Charity Brown
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land under contract is it to late for me to put in a higher bid ?

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