Are preprinted Florida real estate contracts the
same, or can they be different?
Preprinted Florida real estate contracts can be
slanted toward the buyer or the seller. Generally,
contracts approved by the Board of Realtors or the
Bar Association are “standard contracts.” You
should also beware of clauses that are “added” to
the contract. Some of the areas of concern that
warrant special attention are
Buyer will want contingent clauses based on
Seller will not want any contingency clauses at all.
Buyer wants title insurance and wants seller to pay
for it (standard).
Seller doesn’t want to provide for it or wants buyer
to pay for it.
Buyer wants all defects to title corrected before
Seller wants to back out of contract if correcting
title defects is too difficult.
Buyer wants to pay as few expenses as possible.
Seller wants to pay as few expenses as possible.
Buyer wants Seller to pay all special assessments.
Seller wants only to pay liens where work has been
Buyer wants no termites and the right to back out of
contract if they are found.
Seller wants to correct termite problem up to
limited amount of money.
Buyer wants a survey.
Seller doesn’t want to pay for a survey.
Buyer wants all appliances, fixtures, etc.
Seller wants extra money for appliances, fixtures,
Buyer wants roof in good condition.
Seller wants to sell as is.