As part of an offer I presented the other night, I included the world’s smallest earnest money check.

Not the amount — there’s not much chance of consummating a deal when the Buyer’s earnest money is infinitesimal.

Rather, the check I delivered was literally tiny.

My client didn’t haven’t their checkbook with them when we met to write the offer, so they sent me a scanned version of it via email later that night.

In the process of scanning it, the check somehow got reduced to about 20% of its actual size.

P.S.:  it’s customary for Realtors to include a photocopy of the Buyer’s earnest money check as a placeholder for the real thing.

Once (if?) terms are reached, the actual check is due — and quickly deposited into the trust account of the listing agent’s Broker.

By convention, the earnest money is typically 2% – 5% of the purchase price, but generally tops out at $20k or so even on a bigger deal.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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