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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:

  • Debra Goss • July 09, 2017

    Definitely would recommend this company to anyone trying to get a home. Joan with Clear lending really helped us to close on a home after previous attempts to get a home prior did not go work out. They really worked with our situation and made it possible for us to get our first home. He took the time to answer all our questions and concerns. He was also honest and sincere in his feedback. And For that my husband and I are forever grateful! We were losing hope thinking we wouldn't be able to ever get approved, but clear lending gave us hope again. Thank you clear lending for all your help and making it possible for us to get our first home!!!

  • Samecia Lawrence • February 23, 2019

    FROM GOOGLE: We were first time buyers and did not know how much work it was when purchasing a new home but Joan went above and beyond to get us into our dream home. He educated us on the process, kept us up to date with our account, made himself available day or night if we had questions and was very patient with us. He made an experience that can be tiresome as smooth as possible. Our family is forever grateful for all his hard work and we will definitely refer him and this company to our friends looking to purchase a new home.

  • Felix Prat • February 15, 2019

    FROM GOOGLE: This is our second time purchasing a house with Clear lending. As usual Joan G, Patricia A, and the rest of his team have excedeed expectations. Not only selling our house with Joan was easy and quick but also buying our second house this time. Joan is available whenever needed. Always answering cell phone calls and looking out for his clients. We have recomended his services to all our family and close friends. Very professional, dedicated and amazing team. Whether you are looking to sell, buy or anything else in the real estate business, Clear lending is the prefect place and team to go with. Always recommend 100%! Thank you for everything!!!

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