If you find yourself asking, “What if I don’t have earnest money?” you have options. For example, in your offer, you can request a waiver of earnest money. … Although it’s less likely the seller will agree, they may opt for a waiver of earnest money offer when market conditions aren’t in their favor.
Likewise, people ask, can I write off my earnest money?
No, earnest money or down payments are not deductible. … Your closing costs on your new home are not deductible except for prepaid interest, prepaid property tax or loan origination fees. There are no deductions for appraisal, inspections, settlement fees.
Consequently, do you get earnest money back if you don’t close?
Yes! Earnest money is refundable, it just depends on the circumstances. If you tell the seller that you are backing out of the home buying process before certain deadlines, then there should be no issue refunding the earnest money to you. The same applies if you didn’t break any contract rules.
Is your earnest money part of your down payment?
Earnest money protects the seller if the buyer backs out. It’s typically around 1% – 3% of the sale price and is held in an escrow account until the deal is complete. … If all goes smoothly, the earnest money is applied to the buyer’s down payment or closing costs.
Basically this means that the purchase of this property depends on your getting a loan first. If a loan can’t be secured, then you won’t buy the house—and can take back your earnest money. … If there’s no contingency, you are out of luck—and the seller will get to keep that earnest money.