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Earnest money deposits: the full story

One of the most important duties a REALTOR® has is holding a clients' funds for Earnest Money Deposits. VAR's Blake Hegeman updates viewers on EMDs by covering this info:
    •    Release of EMD funds
    •    Timeliness of releases
    •    Can the absence of an EMD prevent a contract from being ratified?

Nearly to scale: 2010 new laws resources

Each year, on the first of July, the various laws passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor take effect. VAR has had a hand in a number of important pieces of legislation that affect our members — and there are several other laws that, while we didn’t have a hand in them, are the kinds of things Realtors® and brokers are likely to encounter.

We've made a variety of resources available to members so they know exactly what changes are coming that will affect their business. So what's available?

Legal Hotline Q&A: Deposits, Earnest Money & Escrows

Question: When does an EMD have to be deposited?


The deposit must occur within five business banking days following ratification unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties (this will come up in a later question).

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