Good question! This one came up several times over the last three days. The short answer is: Yes.
The longer answer is: Yes, but not all parties view earnest money the same way.
Earnest money is “skin in the game”. It’s money the buyer puts up after contract acceptance, to be held in escrow. This money is generally returned to the buyer at closing but MAY be forfeit to the seller, in certain circumstances. Earnest money is protected by several contractual protections for a buyer in Colorado.
This isn’t legal advice, just practical information. If you’d like to talk more about housing, please call Rob Thompson @ 719-440-6626!
Always consult a CPA for financial advice and an attorney for legal advice.
Good question! The short answer is: Yes, it is a tool you can use in your home search. But it has a limitation.
Zillow is a great platform for home searches and cannot/should not be discounted. However, there are a couple of things you should know when searching for homes in the Colorado Springs market.
Sites like this are fed from an IDX (Internet Data Exchange) via the MLS (Multiple Listing System).
In the case of Zillow, it’s also manually updated by homeowners, property managers and agents. However, Zillow is no longer automatically updated by the local MLS. The result is that it no longer represents the totality of the market.
It is a tool in the search, but I also recommend checking TheHousingNetwork.com (full disclosure, that’s my website) and/or PPAR.com to see the current listings in the Pikes Peak region.
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs, I’d be honored to earn your business.
W. Brian Arthur posits that our economy isn’t a machine but is more an organic and constantly evolving system. He’s coined the term complexity economics. From the article, “Complexity economics asks how individual behaviors in a situation might react to the pattern they together create, and how that pattern would alter itself as a result, causing the agents to react anew.”
Bear with me here but I think the housing market is a good example of complexity economics. A pattern arises from the collective action of sellers, buyers and renters. However, as the pattern emerges, the same individual actors will then react to the emerging pattern and, in doing so, alter the pattern.
For example, an active market with a shrinking inventory prompts renters to purchase, sellers to list their homes. Buyers are affected, too, as prices increase. The end result is new pattern, born of individual actions.
If you’d like to read more about this idea, here’s the Wiki link! I’m going to be doing a series on this topic, too. More to follow!