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Oakland County Home Purchase- What is the Deposit? How Much Should it Be?

When you  make an offer on a house in Oakland County Michigan one of the questions I will ask you is: How much of a deposit to you want to give me? Partially because it is a space on the purchase agreement that needs to be filled in, but mostly the size of the deposit shows the seriousness of your offer.

The EMD AKA earnest money deposit AKA good faith deposit AKA deposit ties you to the agreement. Once the offer has been accepted I need to have that check deposited within 48 hours (2 business days). You get the deposit money back if any of the contingencies fail to clear; e.g. you find problems on the home inspection and wish to cancel the purchase agreement, you are entitled to get your deposit back.

If all the contingencies are cleared and you just change your mind and want to walk away from the house, you lose your deposit and it would go to the seller. The larger the deposit is, the less likely you will walk for no reason. Or because you found a “better” home to purchase. From the seller’s perspective if you only have $500 at risk there is nothing to keep you from continuing to look at new listings and walking from the sale if you find something better. If you have $5,000 or $10,000 or more at risk, you are more likely to proceed to closing.

There are typically 4-6 weeks between writing the offer and closing. In between contingencies are being cleared; typically the home inspection, clean title supplied by the seller, and obtaining your mortgage which takes the bulk of the 4-6 week time frame. Once we proceed to closing your earnest money deposit is credited against your closing costs and down payment.

So basically, when making an offer to purchase a home in Oakland County MI bigger is better when it comes to the deposit.

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What to Expect From Your Oakland County Buyer’s Agent

Financing Your Oakland County Home Purchase

Jackie Hawley, Realtor
Cell: 248-736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

www.MiRelocation.com

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www.OaklandCountyMichiganLakes.com

www.LakeOaklandHomes.com

www.LakeOrionLakefrontRealEstate.com

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Friendship Park, Lake Orion MI

Friendship Park in Lake Orion MI (technically Orion Township) is a 137 acre park located on the northeast corner of Clarkston and Baldwin Roads. Friendship Park is quite a nice facility that is only a half mile down the road from where I grew up and would have been great to have ball diamonds that close when I was a kid.

Friendship Park features 4 baseball/softball diamonds, 2 soccer fields, a sweet play structure, walking paths, a gazebo, the historic Porritt Barn and a nice pavilion which was finished in 2002 and offers indoor bathrooms, office space, kitchen area, meeting room and an outdoor pavilion with grills.

The excellent location of Friendship Park offers easy access to I-75, paved trails run adjacent to the park on 2 sides, Webber school is just across the street and though both Clarkston and Baldwin Roads are main roads, this is not a high traffic area- at least not to the point where there are traffic jams or long waits at the light even during rush hour. Friendship Park is also an easy walk to at least one of the entrances to Orion Oaks County Park.

Hours for Friendship Park are 8 am to dusk.

Orion Oaks County Park

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Homes for Sale in Lake Orion MI

Jackie Hawley, Realtor

Cell: 248-736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

www.MiRelocation.com

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Lake Orion MI

Bald Mountain Recreation Area is comprised of 4 separate parcels totaling 4637 acres in Orion and Oakland Townships. Click here for map. This unique property is open to the public by permit and consists of 15 miles of biking trails, 7 miles of snowmobile trails, 8 miles of trails groomed for cross country skiing, picnic areas, a shooting/archery range. There’s a sandy beach and swimming on Lower Trout Lake. Inland lakes offer fishing and Trout Creek and Paint Creek are designated trout streams. The park is open to hunting during regular seasons from Sept. 15 until March 31.

Because of the unique positioning of the 4 parcels, you’re just minutes from state land from just about anywhere in Lake Orion. Several subdivisions butt up to Bald Mountain, and even more neighborhoods within walking distance.

Thinking about moving to Lake Orion, Michigan? Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more community information or for help finding that new home.

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Orion Oaks Park, Lake Orion MI

Homes for Sale in Lake Orion MI

Jackie Hawley, Realtor

Cell: 248-736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

www.MiRelocation.com

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