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Can a name change be made on a Purchase Agreement using an addendum?

San Diego, CA |

I am selling a home in San Diego Ca. and the buyer is purchasing it under his company name. Now that we are about to close escrow, the buyer is asking to change the name using an addendum. Is this legal? Does it change the terms of the original contract at all? Anything I need to look out for?

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You can use an addendum to change the identity of the buyer - but you must also notify your title company so that they can perform searches under that name.

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You can use an addendum to effect the change in the identity of the Buyer, however, it would probably be easier just to do an amended escrow instruction.

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Yes, the name of the buyer can be changed using an addendum to the purchase agreement, and an amendment to the escrow instructions so that the escrow company can prepare a new grant deed with the correct vesting information. It does not otherwise change the terms of the original contract.

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