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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:

  • Jim Bush • January 31, 2019

    FROM GOOGLE: I am a Disabled Veteran who found Clear Lending online. I worked with Joan and did everything over the internet without ever actually meeting him in person. This was a great expeiernce and he was wonderful and helped me with the whole process and answered any questions i had. This is an A++++ service place for loans for veterans. Would reccomend them to any veteran even with less than perfect credit. This people are awesome and Joan helped me with everything. I would suggest every veteran use him

  • Atasha Alfred • October 03, 2017

    Joan is simply amazing! He truely cares about his clients and works day in and day out to ensure they are satisfied. We used a VA loan and despite the credit hiccups we have had in the past he was able to assist us and give us a better rate than was offered by other lenders. Joan showed us that mortgage lenders are people too and he really understood our circumstances and our need to be able to close soon after contacting him. He is simply the best and we would recommend him to anyone else using a VA home loan or any other type of home loan.

  • 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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