Earnest Money

In the last section, we mentioned something about how much you’re putting down.

 

There’s a difference between how much you’re putting down in total (your down payment) for mortgage purposes and how much you’re putting down when you make an offer.

 

When you make an offer on a home, you will also put some money in escrow, called “earnest money” or a “good faith deposit”.

 

This money is held by a third party, not the seller. It doesn’t just go into the seller’s bank account or pocket. Instead, it’s held in an escrow account by TBA.

 

Some buyers get concerned that this money is at risk if something goes wrong. It isn’t. Unless, of course, you do something really bad, like break the terms of the contract. But you, and your money, are protected in many ways, and if the deal doesn’t close, that money will be returned to you.

 

If the deal does close, that money will be applied to the purchase.

 

In our area, the most common amount for a buyer to put down as earnest money is [insert amount]. But it varies depending on many factors. We can chat about how much you should put down as a good faith deposit once we assess the situation on a home you’re making an offer on.