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Helping buyers home

The Matthews Group gets buyers into their dream homes – even from a distance – with digital earnest money payments.

George Clements
February 8, 2022

Darryl Matthews leads The Matthews Group with an emphasis on educating buyers. Many of the team’s clients are first-time homebuyers who benefit from this customized approach. Darryl’s team covers a vast territory of unique sub-markets in West Michigan, so there is a wide range of knowledge required to understand the right market for each buyer. Matthews and his team make buyers confident that they, “know what clients should get for their home and know where clients should purchase property.”

The team, based out of Keller Williams Grand Rapids East, has seen increased movement to West Michigan over the last year. Along with the reasonable price point of homes, the desirability of the area makes this an attractive market. “A lot of folks want to move to West Michigan from California or Chicago,” Matthews shared. As he watched his transaction count tick steadily upward, Matthews was ready for resources to ease these out-of-state transitions for his clients.

Buyers from across the country needed the convenience of digital earnest money. That’s why The Matthews Group uses Earnnest’s digital payment solution. “It’s very quick for them to be able to turn that in – without having to write a check or wire their payment – makes it simple,” Darryl explained.

 “Clients are familiar with the way Earnnest payments are processed which makes them feel comfortable and confident.”

Digital payments also let Darryl move quickly with his clients. When making an offer, “we have 72 hours to get in earnest money.” This can be tricky for buyers several states away. But using Earnnest is, “super simple to send a text or an email.” Plus, Darryl uses Earnnest to give his buyers an edge over the competition in a multiple offer situation. “We are able to move quickly, … having the earnest money as soon as we have an accepted offer – or beforehand to show the listing agent that this puts us above other offers in multiple offer situations.”

“Earnnest has enhanced our business a ton,” Darryl shared. 

Using Earnnest to help buyers win their dream home – even from a distance – has been a powerful way for The Matthews Group to serve their clients well.

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George Clements

George is a South Carolina Keller Williams real estate agent and developer with 15 years of experience. He co-founded Earnnest in 2017. George brings an endless supply of real estate knowledge and vision to the Earnnest team. He has experience from every perspective of the industry, including: individual agents, teams, groups, independent brokerages, franchise brokerages, builders and developers. George has served on multiple real estate technology committees and non-profit boards.