Alaska Real Estate Purchase Agreement

An Alaska real estate purchase agreement is necessary when buying or selling property. This document covers the sale's legal aspects, including the parties' responsibilities. This agreement also serves as a checklist, ensuring that required legal processes are fulfilled. As such, understanding the key features of this agreement can help ensure a smooth process.

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Alaska Real Estate Purchase Agreement

As a legally binding document, anAlaska real estate purchase agreement must follow provided state laws. These provisions protect the buyer and seller and ensure the sale is above board. Before you sign the agreement, ensure it has the following clauses. 

Writing Requirement

  • Purchase price and terms: The agreement must clearly specify the offered purchase price and amount of earnest money deposit (if applicable) provided by the buyer after mutual acceptance. It should detail provisions for the holder and release of deposits and forfeiture terms if one party defaults on the contract.
  • Closing date: A closing date for finalizing the sale must be specified, including whether it’s contingent upon the buyer securing financing.
  • Property description: The physical address and a legal description of the property that clearly identifies what real estate is being conveyed must be included, along with disclosures of any easements, deed restrictions, or other encumbrances affecting it. 
  • Contingencies and default clauses: Standard contingencies related to inspections, appraisals, loan approvals, and remedies if one party defaults should be addressed. Earnest money disposition (if applicable) must also be specified if buyers walk away despite no documented issues found.
  • Signatures: The dated signatures of all parties involved and printed names are required, or the agreement may not be enforceable. Real estate agents will also commonly sign recording their brokerage relationships.

Required Disclosures

When signing an Alaska real estate purchase agreement, you must know crucial details about the property. These mandated disclosures ensure you’re not blindsided into buying unsuitable property. 

  • Condition of the property: Alaska does require real estate sellers to disclose any material defects in the property. Sellers must provide a Residential Real Property Transfer Disclosure Statement detailing the home’s condition. 
  • Major issues disclosure: This includes revealing problems such as structural damage, renovations or additions made without permits, pest infestations, noise issues, drainage or grading problems, soil stability concerns, and more.
  • Environmental disclosure:  The real estate seller must disclose environmental information about “freeze-ups” – revealing any past issues with freezing pipes, water lines, plumbing, or heating systems. Disclosing soil stability problems is also critical, given Alaska’s prevalence of permafrost, which can destabilize foundations when thawed. 
  • Lead-based paint disclosure: According to federal law, sellers must also furnish lead-based paint disclosures for pre-1978 homes, informing buyers of any known lead hazards.