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Option To Buy Agreement Template REPACK



EXERCISE OF OPTION: This option to purchase may be exercised by the Purchaser at any time prior to midnight on 20 by notice in writing to the Seller addressed to the following address: , , ______ . All notices will be deemed delivered to Seller upon deposit in the U.S. Mail Certified, Return Receipt Requested, addressed to the above address.




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DEFAULT BY PURCHASER: In the event of the failure of the Purchaser to exercise this option, or in the event of any default by the Purchaser after the exercise of this option, all money paid by the Purchaser to the Seller upon the execution of this Agreement, or upon any extension, shall be retained by the Seller as liquidated damages and as consideration for the granting of this Option to the Purchaser, and all rights of the Purchaser under this Agreement shall terminate.


An option- to-purchase agreement is an arrangement in which, for a fee, a tenant or investor acquires the right to purchase real property sometime in the future. While option contracts are used in both commercial and residential real property transactions, this article focuses on option to purchase contracts in residential real estate transactions.


In the residential context, an option to purchase is usually a part of a rent-to-own agreement, also called a lease-option. This involves a tenant entering into a standard lease or rental agreement, in addition to acquiring the option to purchase the rental property in the future. In this arrangement, a portion of the tenant's monthly rent payments is applied toward the principle of the house. For more details, see the Nolo article, The Basics of Rent-To-Own Agreements.


An option to purchase can appear as a series of clauses in a lease or rental agreement or as a separate document. No matter the format, an option to purchase must: 1) state the option fee, 2) set the duration of the option period, 3) outline the price for which the tenant will purchase the property in the future, and 4) comply with local and state laws.


In order to be contractually enforceable, the option to purchase must be given in exchange for consideration, or value. While the value of an option contract cannot be nominal, there is no special floor or ceiling; it's a matter of negotiation between landlord and tenant. Depending on factors such as the price of the home, the option fee can range from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars.


Option fees are typically nonrefundable. In other words, if the tenant decides not to exercise his or her option to purchase the house within the agreed-upon time frame, the tenant forfeits the option money. The option fee is also usually forfeited if the tenant defaults on the lease by failing to make timely and exact rent payments or by breaking a term of the lease (such as housing pets when pets are prohibited). Upon the purchase of the home, the landlord deducts the option fee from the principle of the house and the sale price is therefore deducted by the option fee.


An option-to-purchase contract must conspicuously state the duration of the option period. There is no correct or preferred unit of time and option periods can range from months to years. Typically, however, in the residential context, option periods range from one-to-five years.


Depending on the terms of the contract, the tenant may exercise the option to buy the house at any time during the set option period or at a date specified in the option-to-purchase agreement. If the tenant lets the period pass, the option expires and becomes null and void. In that situation, the tenant forfeits the option fee.


No matter how the value of the property is determined, it is likely going to be decreased by a percentage of monthly rent payments. This is so because in an option contract, an agreed-upon percentage of the monthly rent is typically placed in an escrow account. The landlord then either reserves the escrow funds and refunds the tenant upon purchase of the home, or simply applies a percentage of the rent payments toward the principle of the house. In this manner, the tenant builds equity in the house throughout the duration of the lease agreement. The tenant forfeits these payments if he or she does not purchase the property within the option period.


Typically, yes, it's important to work with an experienced real estate lawyer. A lot is at stake financially for both landlord and tenant, and state and local laws (such as property disclosures), often come into play as with house purchase agreements. Some states require option contracts to be recorded in the courthouse in the manner of a deed transfer; the rationale behind this is to encumber the property and ensure that the landlord is unable to sell the rental property to a third party.


Nolo's Lawyer Directory is a good place to start your search for an experienced real estate lawyer who can help a landlord draft a lease-option or option-to purchase agreement, or review one from the tenant's point of view. Also, see the Nolo article Real Estate Attorneys and Home Purchases for advice on hiring and working with a real estate attorney.


Rent-to-own contracts are very appealing to prospective first-time home buyers who need more time to build up their credit scores or save for a down payment. Lease purchase agreements are arguably the most legally binding of the various rent-to-own options.


A lease purchase agreement in real estate is a rent-to-own contract between a tenant and a landlord for the former to purchase the property at a later point in time. The renter pays the seller an option fee at an agreed-upon purchase price, giving them exclusive rights to buy the property.


Both parties agree to what the purchase price of the home will be at the end of the lease term. The agreement will likely include a stipulation that a portion of the monthly rent goes toward a down payment. The renter should be confident that they can secure a mortgage at the end of the lease, or else they forfeit the purchase option.


Lease purchase agreements often include two distinct contracts: one for the lease agreement and the other for the end-of-lease sale. These two different contracts will include cross-default provisions that make certain clauses mutually exclusive. That is, if you breach one provision, such as missing a monthly payment, it may trigger an automatic breach in the purchase contract.


The lease agreement will include all the standard elements of a traditional lease along with a few special clauses, such as requiring the buyer to pay for maintenance costs, property taxes and insurance fees. Unsurprisingly, the lease should outline how long the lease period will be and the monthly rent amount. Lease purchase agreements will often have a longer period for the lease, typically up to 3 years.


Some special clauses to look out for include the option fee amount, purchase price and down payment. Both parties will agree to an option fee, which legally binds the landlord to sell the property to the tenant if they so choose at the end of the lease, even if the landlord changes their mind. Such an agreement comes at a cost. The option fee can be any amount and is nonrefundable.


This agreement will outline the purchasing process and terms once the lease period has lapsed. No matter how long the lease term is, both parties will agree on a purchasing price (based on fair market value) at the time of the rental agreement. Often, the purchasing price will be higher than the market value to account for appreciation. No matter which direction the market fluctuates, both parties are bound to this agreed-upon purchasing price.


Of course, a lease purchase agreement is set up in such a way to benefit both parties. Both enjoy a certain degree of risk with housing market fluctuations and comfort with a locked-in purchasing price.


An option to purchase agreement gives a home buyer the exclusive right to purchase a property within a specified time period and for a fixed or sometimes variable price. This, in turn, prevents sellers from providing other parties with offers or selling to them within this time period. During the specified option period, the seller is forbidden from working with any other potential homebuyers.


There are three main types of options to purchase, from simple straight options to more complicated rolling options. Each has its own requirements and different responsibilities for buyers and sellers. Unsure of which type is right for you? Let us help you decide when drafting your contract. The three types of options include the following.


Contrary to an option to purchase, a right of first refusal means a tenant has the option to purchase the property after the seller makes an offer to an outside party. Once the seller begins negotiations with another party, the buyer can choose to purchase on those same terms or decline. Similar to an option, a right of refusal clause is an added provision to a lease agreement or other document.


A rent-to-own lease agreement is a standard lease with an added option for the tenant to purchase the property. This arrangement is common for homeowners seeking to collect rent on their home and possibly sell to the tenant at a pre-negotiated price. Financing is commonly provided by the owner if they have no mortgage on the property.


It is common for a rent-to-own agreement to convert into a purchase agreement with owner-financing (select the option in the standard purchase agreement). The seller would hold the first (1st) mortgage meaning if the buyer did not pay monthly amounts the seller would have the first lien and rights to the property.


(12) Purchase Dates. The first and last dates framing the time period when the Tenant shall be allowed to purchase the property he or she is renting through this agreement should be established within this lease. Report these dates as requested.


(13) Advance Fee. The Landlord/Seller will seek to protect his or her interest should the Tenant not exercise the option to purchase the property.. The dollar amount the Landlord seeks as consideration should be documented. This consideration will either be applied to the payment made during the time of purchase or kept by the Landlord/Seller should the Tenant default on the agreement and not purchase the property. 041b061a72


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