Is it appropriate to fill in one of the sections of the Third Party Financing Addendum with “market” in the space for the maximum interest rate permitted for the loan contingency or to leave the percentage amount blank for the maximum loan fees permitted for the loan contingency?

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  • Is it appropriate to fill in one of the sections of the Third Party Financing Addendum with “market” in the space for the maximum interest rate permitted for the loan contingency or to leave the percentage amount blank for the maximum loan fees permitted for the loan contingency?

No. The Texas Real Estate Commission and the Broker-Lawyer Committee intended that a percentage would be inserted in these two blanks. That’s why the form was promulgated with percentage signs after the blanks, and the parties risk ambiguity or unenforceability of contracts by not inserting appropriate percentage figures in these blanks. The Third Party Financing Addendum is designed to limit the maximum amount of interest and loan fees that a buyer would be obligated to pay as part of his loan contingency. Inserting the word “market” instead of a stated interest rate or leaving a blank space for the maximum loan fees would defeat the purpose of the loan contingency. The market interest rate might be several percentage points higher than the buyer intended, assuming it was possible to determine what the market rate was at a particular time in the contracting process. Similarly, a buyer might be required to pay a much greater amount of loan fees than he intended if that figure was left blank and a court imposed a “reasonable” or “market” test to determine the amount of permitted loan fees.

Source: TAR

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