Print Posted 06/14/2017 in Buying a Property

Home Buyers Fear Losing Earnest Money Deposit

Home Buyers Fear Losing Earnest Money Deposit

Home buyers have a lot to consider. Buying a home is no small transaction and the potential for stress is high. So what is the top thing stressing out home buyers these days? 

Well, it probably comes as no surprise that it involves money. According to a recent survey, the number one fear prospective buyers have is that they'll lose their earnest money deposit – which is money buyers put down on the house once their offer is accepted. If the deal goes through, that money is used as part of the buyer's down payment. But, if the buyer backs out of the deal, they risk losing that deposit. 

Naturally, this could cause concern among prospective buyers. After all, losing a percentage of their down-payment money could alter their buying power and price range. Some other worries buyers expressed included becoming house poor or financially burdened by the costs of homeownership and their new mortgage payment. 

Fortunately, this is a risk that can be easily avoided by having a firm budget beforehand and sticking to it. Knowing what you can and can't afford is crucial, especially in a competitive market. Rounding out the top three, buyers expressed concern about getting into a bidding war that drives up the price of their desired home. More here.

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