Congratulations, we’re so happy for you! Once we’ve verbally accepted an offer, both parties will sign the offer. Once that happens, the buyer’s agent will send the executed contract to the title company and lender to get the process started.
In the meantime, within 5 calendar days of the contract being signed, the buyer is required to drop off his or her earnest money deposit with my office or transfer the funds to my office via wire transfer. This is essentially a good faith payment showing the buyer is serious about moving forward. The earnest money will be credited towards the buyer’s down payment at closing. Once the earnest money is dropped off we will send you a receipt for your records. Our office holds on to the payment simply because our office can act as an unbiased 3rd party should a dispute come up between the buyer and seller and the buyer asks for the earnest money to be returned.
Once the earnest money is received, we will mark the property as pending in the MLS, cancel any future showings and cancel any upcoming open houses. We are then officially in the inspection time period which usually takes between 10-15 business days (see your contract for the exact number of days).
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