Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Moving to Short Hills/Millburn: The Earnest Money Deposit

The Earnest Money Deposit

Most offers to buy a house are accompanied by a check. This check is generally referred to as the "earnest money deposit." The basic reason for the deposit is to impress the seller that the buyer "earnestly" intends to purchase the property.

The amount of the deposit varies from purchase to purchase, depending on a variety of factors. If a property generates a lot of interest, a buyer may make a larger deposit to convince the seller that their offer is stronger than the others. During "hot" markets, deposits are generally larger than during slow markets.

The Earnest Money Deposit is traditionally deposited into the Buyer Agent's Office Escrow Account and is credited to the "cash" portion of the purchase price if a deal is agreed to--referred to as a "meeting of the minds"--refunded to the buyer if a deal can't be brokered or left in escrow if the buyer plans to continue working with the Buyer Agent/Agency in question for ease.

The Earnest Money check must be deposited within 3 days of its receipt by the Buyer Agent/Agency.

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