Earnest Money Deposit

Colleen Kulikowski February 19, 2015

What is Earnest Money Deposit?

When you write an offer to purchase your Western New York dream home you will place an “earnest money” deposit. This deposit shows the seller that you’re serious about the offer to purchase the property. The amount of earnest money deposit varies based on the type of property being purchased. The sales contract will dictate who holds the earnest money. Usually the seller’s real estate agent will deposit the earnest money in a trust or escrow account until closing. At closing, the earnest money is applied to the purchase price.

In the event the sale doesn’t close, the sales agreement generally spells out the conditions under which you would forfeit the earnest money. Generally if the seller meets all the terms of the contract, the seller will keep the earnest money. If the seller does not meet the terms of the contract, you, as the buyer, may receive a total or partial refund of the earnest money.

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