I specifically asked my MC could I deduct my earnest money from my closing and his response was expect to bring the full amount to closing. They also held that to me when they reviewed my bank statements to make sure I had enough to bring to closing. I would expect them to refund me at closing or drop my closing amount, but I haven’t received confirmation yet.
Yes that is exactly what I am confused about. My realtor just keeps saying the purchase price does not get reduced but your earnest is rolled into the mortgage. You have to get credit for it some kind of way.
As the workbook notes in the section on Minimum Required Funds, “Earnest money is often required by the seller as a deposit to hold the property until inspections can be completed and the loan application approved. Upon closing, the earnest money is applied toward the required pre-paids.”