FAQ Mexico Real Estate Offer to Purchase


Making the Offer

21. Does an Attorney need to review my offer to purchase?

The offer to purchase contract is normally a simple document. In some cases you might consider to have a lawyer review it, within the grace period noted in the contract due to the legally binding conditions and the fact that you will be signing and dating.


22. When should I make an Offer?

Once you have found the right property, let your TOP Mexico buyer´s representative know as soon as possible that you're ready to reserve or to write an "offer to purchase", a written document that declares how much you are willing to pay for the home provided that certain conditions are met.


23. What does the offer include?

Your offer should have a time limit for the seller to accept it, reject it, or make a counter-offer. You should also include the date, if you plan to use an escrow account, outline conditions, amongst other items. If a counter-offer is made, you will have some time to respond. Often, several offers go back and forth until an offer is accepted, or one party decides to end negotiations.


24. Does the offer to purchase include money?

Yes, it is usually accompanied with an earnest deposit.


25. What is earnest money and how much is needed?

When you sign an offer to purchase document, the sales agent will ask you for “earnest money." This refers to a monetary commitment that shows that you the buyer are serious about wanting to buy. Earnest money is usually given when purchasing an existing property. Usually, you will be asked to deposit for 5 up to 10 percent of the sale price.


26. Who receives the earnest money?

The earnest money on most occasions is made out to the notary, the sellers listing real estate agency or into escrow. I recommend using an escrow account which may cost a little more, but allows for safer administration of monies.


27. What is an Escrow Account?

An escrow account involves a process whereby an impartial third party, such as an attorney, an escrow company or a title company, is entrusted with the job of seeing that the transfer of ownership from the Seller to the Buyer takes place according to the terms of the written contract agreed upon by all parties involved. The escrow agent (third party) holds any funds safely until all the conditions and details have been realized as instructed by the contract and disburses the funds to the proper parties at the proper time as outlined in the escrow agreement signed by both the buyer and seller.


28. How long do I have from the offer to purchase till the time to pay the price of the property?

In the offer to purchase a time period is normally stated for a response from the seller to either accept or reject the offer. Once offer has been accepted, and if all documents are in order and clear, the establishment of the bank trust or corporation can be realized. This may take near 4 up to 6 weeks. With the bank trust or corporation established, the notary public can be contacted to initiate its process which may be 7 days approximately.


29. What happens if I decide to not continue with the buying after making the offer?

Normally the escrow account quantity is forfeited. On some occasions a penalty amount less than deposited into escrow by the buyer can be defined.


30. What is a reservation deposit on pre-construction investments?

Most developers, when selling condos in Pre construction, will ask for investors to reserve units with a certain quantity ranging from $10,000 up to $20,000


31. What other payments are needed on pre construction investments?

Usually, once a reservation has been made on a unit, the developer will forward a copy of the contract for review by the investor. A certain amount of time is allowed to the investor to review such contract ranging from 7 days up to 30 days. If the investor decides to proceed, 20% up to 50% might be requested as down payment. 90% of the unit value is then collected during the construction process. And the final 10% is usually collected at the actual title transfer.