Once your home is under contract, but some contingencies need to be met, your property is considered contingent. A contingent contract means that some condition hasn’t yet been met, and both parties have not agreed to move forward with executing the deal as planned. This could be because of financing, inspection reports coming back unacceptably high, or if the offer depends on the buyer selling their home or the seller buying a new one. Once those problems are addressed, the deal can continue as planned. A contingency is anything that needs to happen before the deal can actually take place.
Now that the seller and the buyer have agreed to each other’s terms and all contingencies have been met, the home is marked as pending and taken off the market. The deal hasn’t closed yet, but being in the pending stage is the finish line of the deal.