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Don't lose your earnest money deposit.


Do you know anyone who lost an earnest money deposit after his/her loan was denied? Unfortunately this is more common than one would wish. 

An Earnest Money Deposit is a good faith deposit which should never be confused with a down payment. When buyers execute a purchase contract, the contract states how much money the buyer is putting up solely to secure the contract. An earnest money deposit basically says to the seller you are serious about buying his/her house and thus willing to put your money where your mouth is.

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The contract may also specify you have a limited number of days to secure financing and failure to do so by the deadline if your loan is denied earnest money deposit may be lost. 

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This is why it is highly recommended no matter how confident you think your loan will be approved, that you maximize protection of your earnest money by starting your loan application and submission to underwriting well before you start looking for homes. 

It would not be the first time a borrower holding liquid assets for the same amount or even higher than purchase price to his/her surprise mortgage loan is denied.

A mortgage loan approval process takes into consideration a large number of variables borrowers could not possibly imagine or know before applying for a loan. 

Credit alone presents many challenges such as the number and age of trade lines eligible per guidelines, alerts and validation which may require to pull again credit affecting scores, conflicting derogatory trades, collections or public record information borrower was unaware of, accounts in dispute and so on.

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Employment is another area of concern. Are we in need to qualify with just base income or need also any overtime, bonus or commission income? Then do other income components have the minimum required trend?

What about our assets? Are our accounts free from large deposits which will reduce our qualifying cash to close and thus affect our approval? Do we have NSF charges we were not aware of affecting our approval?

Is our loan requiring to include all debts from our husband/wife even though he/she will not be in the loan? 

In short, a numberless of questions which if not addressed well ahead of time could lead our “perfect loan” thought to be approved in a heartbeat straight into a denial; And of course probably losing our earnest money deposit.

At Clear Lending we believe a humble approach is the smartest way to secure your earnest money deposit emailing us or making an appointment to bring income/assets documents ahead of time before looking for homes so all areas of concern are cleared.    

Don't wait any longer and find out how much you can get Pre-Approved for.

Whether you are considering purchasing or refinancing an existing FHA mortgage loan, Clear Lending can help you. Simply complete our secure and encrypted Pre-Approval Form online and we will contact you right away to review best options for you. 

This advertisement is not an offer for an extension of credit. Programs available only to qualified borrowers. Programs subject to change without notice. Underwriting terms and conditions apply. Some restrictions may apply.



Customers Reviews:

  • Nicole Elizabeth • June 05, 2015

    Joan was amazing! After being let down by Chase mortgage company, Joan and his team picked up the pieces and helped me out tremendously! I would recommend going through him for loans instead of a big commercial bank. No matter what time of day; he would answer any questions or reached out to me about any concerns. He is with you and the realtor every step of the way to help get you a home. Very passionate about helping clients get a home! I would like to thank Joan and his team for helping me get my first home! Y'all made the home buying process easy for me! Thank you again. I love my home.

  • Fernando & Araceli • January 14, 2016

    Dear Joan,

     

    I am writing you to say Thank You for making our dream come true. My family and I appreciate all the time and effort that you gave on this journey of helping us towards acquiring our dream house. We thank you for all the phone calls that you made including those at late hours, the letters that you wrote, for helping us with our credit, for all the updates, for taking the time on the negotiation to get the price to a fair point, and for going above and beyond in this process. We will definitely recommend you to anybody that is seeking help in buying their own new home. I am grateful that you were the one by our side during every step of the way.

     

    Many thanks from Fernando and Araceli.

  • Gema Ibett • July 31, 2017

    Our experience with Joan was phenomenal. He worked diligently throughout the holidays last year to ensure we closed as promptly as possible. Will and have definitely recommended him to anyone else that's been looking. Thanks again for everything you did!

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