> The 80 Types of Turbulence we see in Real Estate Transactions – Michael Cowling and Associates Realty
The 80 Types of Turbulence we see in Real Estate Transactions2020-06-05T07:59:13-07:00

The 80 Types of Turbulence we see in Real Estate Transactions…

The Buyer:

  1. Does not tell the truth on the loan application.
  2. Submits incorrect information to the lender.
  3. Has recent late payments on credit report.
  4. Found out about additional debt after loan application.
  5. Buyer loses job.
  6. Co-signer loses job.
  7. Income verification lower than what was stated on loan application.
  8. Overtime income not allowed by underwriter for qualifying.
  9. Applicant makes large purchase on credit before closing.
  10. Illness, injury, divorce or other financial setback.
  11. Gift donor changes mind.
  12. Cannot locate divorce decree.
  13. Cannot locate petition or discharge of bankruptcy.
  14. Cannot locate tax returns.
  15. Cannot locate bank statements.
  16. Difficulty in obtaining verification of rent.
  17. Interest rate increases and buyer no longer qualifies.
  18. Loan program changes with higher rates, points and fees.
  19. Child support not disclosed on application.
  20. Bankruptcy within the last seven (7) years.
  21. Buyer/co-signer does not have steady 2-year employment history.
  22. Buyer switches to job requiring probation period just before closing.
  23. Buyer switches job from salary to 100% commission income.
  24. Family members or friends do not like the home that the buyer chooses.
  25. Buyer is too picky about property in price range they can afford.
  26. Buyer feels the house is misrepresented.
  27. Buyer has spent money needed for down payment and closing costs before closing date.
  28. Buyer does not properly “paper trail” additional money that comes from gifts, loans, etc.
  29. Does not budget for closing costs and down payment.

The Seller:

  1. Loses motivation to sell (job transfer does not go through, reconciles marriage, etc.).
  2. Cannot find a suitable replacement property.
  3. Will not allow appraiser inside home.
  4. Will not allow inspectors inside home in a timely manner.
  5. Removes property from the premises the buyer believed was included.
  6. Is unable to clear up liens against their property – short on cash to close.
  7. Did not own 100% of property as previously disclosed.
  8. Thought getting partners’ signatures was “no problem,” but it was.
  9. Leaves town without giving anyone Power of Attorney.
  10. Delays the projected move-out date.
  11. Did not complete the repairs agreed to in contract.
  12. Seller’s home goes into foreclosure or power of sale.
  13. Misrepresents information about home and neighbourhood to the buyer.
  14. Does not disclose all hidden or unknown defects and they are subsequently discovered.
  15. Builder miscalculates completion date of new home.
  16. Builder has too many cost overruns.
  17. Final inspection on new home does not pass.
  18. Seller does not appear for closing and won’t sign papers.

The Realtor(s)

  1. Sometimes have no client control over buyers or sellers.
  2. Delays access to property for inspection and appraisals.
  3. Unfamiliar with their client’s financial position – do they have enough equity to sell, etc.
  4. Does not get completed paperwork to the lender or lawyer in time.
  5. Inexperienced in this type of property transaction.
  6. Takes unexpected time off during transaction and can’t be reached.
  7. Does not do sufficient homework on their clients or the property.

The Property:

  1. Municipality will not approve septic system or well.
  2. Termite report reveals substantial damage and seller is not willing to fix or repair.
  3. Home was misrepresented as to size and condition.
  4. Home is destroyed prior to closing.
  5. Home not structurally sound.
  6. Home is uninsurable for homeowners insurance.
  7. Property incorrectly zoned.
  8. Portion of home sits on neighbour’s property.
  9. Unique home and comparable properties for appraisal difficult to find.

Lawyer/Title Company:

  1. Fails to notify lender/agents of unsigned or unreturned documents.
  2. Fails to obtain information from beneficiaries, insurance companies, or lenders on time.
  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 find liens or any title problems until the last minute.

The Appraiser:

  1. Is not local and misunderstands the market.
  2. Is too busy to complete the appraisal on schedule.
  3. No comparable sales are available.
  4. Is not on the lender’s “approved list.”
  5. Makes important mistakes on appraisal and brings in value too low.
  6. Lender requires a second or “review” appraisal.


  1. Inspector too busy to schedule inspection when needed.
  2. Inspector too critical about condition of property, hoping to create work for themselves.
  3. Home inspector not available when needed.
  4. Inspection reports alarm buyer and sale is cancelled.


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