A land contract is an agreement between a buyer and seller pertaining to a specific tract of land. Developers advertise and sell tracts of land similar to the process of selling a real estate property. Land contracts can be broad in scope and may include both the land and real estate on the land. Many land contracts involve seller-financed purchases. Some borrowers buying land may also choose to finance the purchase through a bank loan.
FREE 9+ Sample Land Agreement Forms in PDF | MS Word
FREE 8+ Sample Land Contract Forms in PDF | MS Word
Land contracts for buying homes were very popular in the late s and early s. Back then, installment sale contracts , sometimes called contracts for deed, offered more attractive financing terms over the higher rates and rigid qualification standards of institutional lenders. Previous homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure or sold through a short sale began to lean on land contracts as a financing alternative when the big banks turned them away. An installment sales contract is any type of contract that calls for periodic payments, but in real estate, it is generally referred to as a land contract, contract for deed, or contract for sale. The term "land" is misleading as a land contract can be used to purchase any type of real estate with or without improvements. The installment sales contract spells out the sales price, the amount of down payment, interest rate, amount of monthly or periodic payments, and the duties of each of the parties. It covers such responsibilities as who will maintain the home, pay for insurance, and property taxes—which is generally the buyer.
In real estate lingo, a land contract form is an agreement or a deed between a buyer and seller of a real estate entity for which the seller renders monetary assistance for procuring the property on the agreed price. The buyer is supposed to repay the loan in the form of installments. The terms and conditions of the repayment are well-defined in the Contract Forms. A land sale contract form is brought into the scheme of things when a buyer and seller of a property have agreed upon the selling price and are ready to settle the deal on paper. The terms and conditions of the payment are laid down in the land sale contract form, along with rules and regulations which must be adhered to by both parties during the process.
Last Updated: April 13, References. This article was co-authored by Clinton M. Sandvick, JD, PhD. Clinton M. Sandvick worked as a civil litigator in California for over 7 years.