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Chapter 11: Steps to Follow After Winning the Bid

After submitting a bid, buyers often feel anxious while waiting to find out if they won the bid. Buyers find it exciting to find out they have won the bid on the home. While celebration is in order, plenty more must be done before the settlement of the property is completed. As soon as the bid is signed and accepted, the countdown begins towards settlement. After signing the contract, buyers have 45 days to settle the property. To ensure a successful transaction, certain events must take place within that 45 days allowed. Keep in mind that requiring extra time to settle the property will result in penalties, which buyers should avoid.

To help buyers ensure a successful transaction, the following steps can be followed after winning the bid to ensure everything is taken care of on time.

First Week

Within the first seven days after the bid is accepted and signed, buyers should submit a formal mortgage application. Submitting complete documentation is essential too. Buyers may ask lenders for a checklist of documentation needed. Once buyers know what lenders need, delivering that information quickly is essential to ensure that everything is approved in a timely manner.

During this time, buyers must also provide to the lender a copy of the HUD agreement of sale sent off to HUD. Once HUD returns an executed agreement of sale, provide the lender with a copy of it as well.

Start the interview and selection process for hiring a home inspector at this time. Certain inspections will be important at this point. Some inspectors provide home inspection packages that offer several different services. Once an inspector is chosen, the services should be conducted within 15 days after HUD signed the contract. Those financing with the FHA may be able to include the cost of home inspections in the mortgage amount. Some of the important inspections that may need done include:

  • General Home Inspection
  • Well Inspection
  • Roof Certification
  • Radon Inspection
  • Mold and Air Quality Testing
  • Septic Inspection
  • Lead Paint Testing
  • Municipal Inspection and Code Report
  • Termite Inspection
  • Structural Certification

Title work will need to be done as well and should be ordered through a title attorney or title company.

For buyers using rehabilitation financing, the first week is the perfect time to start getting estimates from contractors on any repairs that must be done.

In the first week after bidding for HUD homes, buyers should arrange for a home inspection.

Next: After winning the bid: Weeks 2 through 6