3 Times Your Earnest Money Deposit Could Be At Risk


The earnest money deposit—the cash you as a buyer offer to essentially call dibs on real estate—is one of the most important (and often misunderstood) parts of the home-buying process. In the Sarasota area, home buyers will usually put down anywhere from 1 to 5 of the real estate purchase price as earnest money. (If If in a bidding war, buyers may even put down a larger earnest money deposit in an effort to stand out.).

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DepositLink now offers same day transfers for EMD’s and commissions


DepositLink, the industry leader in electronic payments for residential real estate transactions, is revolutionizing the process for collecting earnest money deposits and commissions by introducing a “Same Day ACH” product that guarantees good funds in less than 24 hours.

JetClosing expands to Austin housing market

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Users have access to digital earnest money deposits, online and mobile notarizations, instant remote access to closing documents, and real-time status updates on all open orders from anywhere and at any time. Digital title company JetClosing is opening its fifth office in Austin.

How DepositLink delivers on equity and excellence


DepositLink is a safe, secure, and easy way for real estate companies, their agents, and title companies to request ACH earnest money deposits and commissions. Today, DepositLink CFO and co-founder Darrell West is building a real estate tech company.

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Fidelity National Financial expands its digital options to help prevent wire fraud

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And FNF is now expanding its startSafe offerings by allowing consumers to deposit their earnest money through the portal. The company said new features, like the mobile earnest money deposit, make the process of starting a real estate transaction more convenient and safe. The earnest money mobile deposit option is currently in production in several markets and will be available in all markets by the end of October.

5 tips for buying a home in a seller’s housing market

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Waiving a contingency or two can also help, as can a larger earnest money deposit or being flexible with your closing date. . There’s no doubt we’re in a seller’s housing market.

Pros and Cons of Removing Contingencies Early

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– Loss of Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) and other financial liabilities. The Spring 2021 market is hot and competitive! So should your clients submit an offer with no contingencies to maintain an edge over competing offers?

What is Earnest Money and Why Do You Need It?


As you close in on making an offer on a home, your real estate agent – or the seller’s agent – will ask about “earnest money.” How does earnest money work? Earnest money is the money you pay soon after a home seller has accepted your offer on a house.

The Four Most Common Reasons Home Buyers Back Out of Real Estate Transactions

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Unless there is a massive earnest money deposit, they may be able to walk away if they find a property they like more while risking little. The best way to deter “shotgun” bidders is to increase the earnest money deposit.

Earnnest Recognized by FinTech Breakthrough Awards Program

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“It’s no secret that real estate transactions can be time-consuming and insecure and Earnest is delivering a breakthrough platform to deliver a beautifully simple process and stellar user experience,” said James Johnson, managing director, FinTech Breakthrough.

Everything You Need to Know About Making an Offer: 15 Tips for Homebuyers


Yes, writing a high offer will incentivize the seller, but money isn’t the only factor! It’s really hard because buyers are oftentimes spending the most amount of money they ever spent — and maybe ever will spend — on the purchase of a home. Determine how much earnest money to offer.

Navigating Bidding Wars During a Hot Real Estate Market

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Your client should also come prepared with a few other things: a pre-approval letter, earnest money deposit and, if they are paying cash, a proof of funds document. Bolin suggests that the higher earnest money deposit your client makes, the more the offer may stand out.

Banging Down The Door To Home Ownership

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Providing a big earnest money deposit. Releasing earnest money either upon mutual acceptance or after the inspection contingency is waived. Banging Down The Door To Home Ownership: How Buyers Are Winning Offers In Today’s Hot Market.

3 Big Reasons Your Home Offer Was Rejected—and How To Play It Right Next Time


Your earnest money deposit was too ‘cheap’ If there’s one part of the offer you shouldn’t cheap out on, it’s the earnest money deposit. Sellers also don’t like to give away their money to help someone get into a home,” says Hall.

What to Look Out for when Working with Cash Buyers

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Unless you’ve seen the tactic before and know how to prevent it, buyers may take advantage of their Earnest Money period to complete their due diligence. All this happens before any of their money has been submitted to escrow! Low Earnest Money Deposit.

Earnnest Appoints Russell Smith as General Manager of Earnnest Enterprise

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Earnnest, a digital earnest money service in the U.S., “With direct access in popular platforms like dotloop and Lone Wolf Transactions, Earnnest has already become the industry standard for earnest money deposits; now, our platform is poised to be the safest, most streamlined and most secure way to complete every real estate payment type.”

0% Down Success Story!

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There’s price, down payment, earnest money deposit, inspection period, closing costs, etc… From a seller’s perspective, a 0% down payment means that the bank is 100% responsible for the loan if the buyers should stop making their payments.

Cash Deposits When Buying a Home: What to Know


Specifically, if you’re hoping to use cash that was deposited into your bank account to contribute to the down payment, you might want to reconsider. That’s because using cash for home deposits could look like fraud and affect your chances of getting a mortgage. Verifying Cash Deposits.

3 Top Reasons Why Sellers Sue Buyers for Backing Out of Home Sales


Will you lose your deposit? You now have skin in the game in the form of your earnest money deposit, plus you have a legal duty to buy the home (barring certain circumstances). If you miss this window, you could lose your deposit, or the seller could sue you.

How to Sell your Home for Cash: The Process!

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Not only can you control the transaction but you can save money on commission, putting more money in your pocket. Earnest Money Deposit. On every contract there is a line where an Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) amount is indicated.

The Most Common Home Buying Real Estate Contingencies

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This could involve losing part or all of your earnest money deposit. Many real estate contracts will have earnest money as the relief a seller can get for a buyer not proceeding with a contract. Contingencies in Real Estate Explained.

Contingent vs. Pending: Real Estate Lingo Explained

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Doing so could mean the forfeiture of their earnest money deposit. Lenders aren’t going to provide money for a property that the buyer’s offer has overvalued.

First American Title and Lone Wolf Technologies Partner to Provide Title Insurance Orders

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“By putting everything agents need for the entire transaction in one place, from lead generation and digital advertising to digital earnest money deposits, title insurance, and moving concierge services, we’re doing just that.

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Received Multiple Offers on Your Home? ‘Highest and Best’ Will Tell You Who Wants it Most


250,000 offer with financing and inspection contingency, largest earnest money deposit , 60-day close. On the other hand, an earnest money deposit can show that a buyer is serious, even if they have a lower offer.

How to Start Investing in Real Estate with $1,000

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The more time your money has to compound, the less you have to invest. If you want to reach financial independence in only ten years, well… you need to get more serious about saving money. Another way to get started with little money is to wholesale real estate deals.

Are HUD Homes a Good Deal? How to Tell If the Properties Are a Fit


The HUD Home bid package includes a sales contract , an addendum regarding lead-based paints, an earnest money deposit of 5% through cash, cashier’s check, money order, or letter of credit, and a forfeiture of earnest money deposits document.

What to Look for in a Strong Cash Buyer

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The earnest money deposit should be substantial and submitted to escrow within 72 hours of offer acceptance or sooner. If the money isn’t in a liquid account such as a checking or savings account, there could be red tape and hurdles to access it.

Renting a Room in Your House: What to Know

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A Security Deposit Is Essential. A security deposit makes sure you won’t lose out if any damage is caused by the renter. There may be laws about how much you can charge for a deposit, and what should be done with the money.

How To Compete, And Win, In 2021.

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So beyond the record low mortgage rates giving buyers unprecedented access to borrowing money cheaply (and thus increasing their buying power), the COVID pandemic has pushed many more people into the market than normal as their living situations have changed quickly, unexpectedly and seriously.

How To Buy A Home For Your Disabled Adult Child

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The main requirement is that the child must be able to document some type of disability and show that this disability prevents them from earning enough money to afford a home on their own. The lender is extending money to the borrower in hopes of getting repaid, plus interest.

How to Make Your Offer More Competitive!

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If you are using lender financing, the more money down the more likely your loan will be accepted. In addition to down payment on your loan you should consider increasing your Earnest Money Deposit (EMD). Losing out on a home you’ve offered on SUCKS.

What Is the Difference Between Escrow and Escrow Accounts?


Put simply, escrow is a legally binding arrangement in which a third party takes custody of sums of money, deeds, and documents, until a specified agreement is reached between two parties. For buyers, escrow is the best way to protect your earnest money and down payment.

You’re Not Alone! An 11-Step Guide To Making Your Best Offer With a Realtor?


You’ll also want to set aside money for closing costs. And finally, you’ll need to be prepared with cash for the earnest money deposit. It shows the seller that you won’t back out of the contract –– if you do, you’ll lose the earnest deposit.

Practical Points for Real Estate Agents

First Team Real Estate

For example, there are three types of payments by the potential buyer before close of escrow: the option payment, the lease security deposit, and the earnest money deposit. Point 1: Lease/Options Can Be Dangerous for Listing Agents.

How to Maintain a Healthy Credit Score

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– Try to save money as a fiscal emergency fund, even if it is only $1,000. Doing so could allow you to pay off your debts or save for the earnest money deposit for your own home. Getting a Healthy Credit Score and Keeping It.

Meet the Software Engineer Who Used Crypto to Buy His $650,000 Dream Home


Some of his investments were in bitcoin and Ethereum, but the bulk of his money went toward purchasing Chainlink, a cryptocurrency launched in 2017 that sends real-world data to blockchains. But the VA does require verification of deposits.

House Appraisal Tips: What Home Buyers and Sellers Should Know

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As a buyer, you do have the option to make up the difference if you can find another source of money. An appraisal contingency will allow you to walk away from the deal without losing your earnest money deposit. What to Know About House Appraisals.

Top 4 Things to Consider When Buying a New Construction Home

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Buyers are willing to spend more money on brand new homes, compared to what the market generally seems to bear for very similar re-sale homes. You often can find older, re-sale homes in excellent condition with more square footage or larger lot sizes for the same price or even less money. Putting a deposit down on a new construction home generally means that money will go to the builder, regardless of what may occur in the sales transaction.