Washington Real Estate Purchase Agreement

Last Updated: December 26, 2023 by Phil Ahn

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The Washington residential real estate purchase agreement (“residential real estate purchase contract”) is a contract that is used when placing an offer to purchase real estate. The agreement initiates the negotiation process by indicating the buyer’s offer to acquire the property.

Included in the offer will be the purchase price and additional conditions established by the buyer. The seller will have an assigned period in which they can respond to the offer before it expires. During this time, the seller may alter the terms by submitting to the buyer a counteroffer. Should both parties agree on the purchase conditions, they can sign the document to create a legally binding commitment to transfer ownership of the property.

Do Sellers in Washington Have to Disclose Property Defects?

Washington does require real estate sellers to disclose any material defects. Certain states do not require the seller to disclose all defects (caveat emptor), meaning the buyer assumes the responsibility to conduct a real property inspection to seek out any potential defects with the property. In those states, if a buyer fails to conduct a proper examination, they may not have a legal alternative to reverse the real estate transaction.   

Required Seller Disclosures in Washington

Along with any material defects with the property, sellers in Washington will also need to provide the following:

  • Property Condition Disclosure Statement. In Washington, sellers are required to complete and sign a property condition disclosure statement, to be delivered to a buyer before signing a binding contract of sale. After accepting the disclosure, the buyer has three business days to continue with the purchase or cancel the offer. If the buyer chooses to cancel the purchase, they must notify the seller in writing within three days. Failure of the buyer to notify the seller within the designated period will constitute the buyer’s acceptance of the agreement.
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure. Any home that was constructed earlier than 1978 must come with a disclosure upon the transfer of the property that includes any data concerning the presence of lead on the premises as well as educational materials that communicate the risks involved with coming into contact with the harmful substance.