DEAR BOB: I had a contract to sell my home. I gave the buyer seven days to bring me an acceptable mortgage letter from a bank, but he presented a letter from a mortgage broker indicating final approval of his loan was subject to "underwriting." His bank returned his $1,000 deposit check for insufficient funds. Can I legally terminate his contract? --Jorge S. DEAR JORGE: From your description, it sounds like your buyer is in breach of the sales contract. That letter from a mortgage broker indicating his mortgage approval is subject to "underwriting" is worthless. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Today's smart home buyers get pre-approved in writing by an actual lender before shopping for a home. If your buyer had done that, and shown you the lender's approval letter or certificate, you could feel confident he will obtain a mortgage. Although mortgage brokers can obtain such pre-approvals for their borrowers, because they are not the actual lenders, mortgage brokers can only issue pr...
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