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Collect earnest money securely

Earnnest is the largest digital earnest money service in the U.S. because we make earnest deposits safe and easy. Add your escrow holding business to the Earnnest network and start collecting earnest money deposits digitally.

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Why Earnnest?
More secure than checks or wires.
Earnnest eliminates the risk of check fraud and wire fraud by eliminating checks and wires completely. Our banking-level security complies with NACHA guidelines and provides a more secure way to collect earnest money deposits.
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Why Earnnest?
You stay up to date on each payment.
Always know where the money is. Automated notifications keep you in the loop telling you when earnest money is authorized and deposited. Plus, your Payments Dashboard lists the status of each payment.
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Why Earnnest?
Good funds
Earnnest’s systems contain at least five different verification points to record and document a user’s authorization to transfer funds into an escrow account and prevent a return based on fraud, erroneousness, or mistake.
First things first

Ready to join the Earnnest network?

If you or your administrator would like to register your escrow-holding organization with Earnnest, contact a Strategic Partnerships team member by completing our escrow registration form and calling (864) 973-7400.

Stay organized and on track
Admin Dashboard
Once registered you have access to time saving tools in your Admin Dashboard. Check out the video to see what your dashboard can do for you.
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Track payment status from requested to deposited

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Manage and add new escrow accounts

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Request an earnest money payment

Get started

Adding escrow accounts

Get your escrow account(s) up and running with the steps below.

Add escrow accounts to your organization.
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After registering your organization with Earnnest you will add your escrow account(s).

Start by signing in to your account. Click manage escrow accounts and then register escrow account.

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Next, add your escrow account information.

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Confirm ACH inbound is turned on for the account. You can learn more about enabling ACH inbound by scrolling down to the next question.

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Add up to six accounts by repeating the steps above for each account.
If you wish to add more than six accounts, contact our team, as further verification will be required.

Note:
Earnnest uses ACH transfers to deposit payments into account(s) registered with us. ACH inbound will need to be turned on for each account you register with us. You can learn more about enabling ACH inbound by scrolling down to the next question.

Earnnest uses micro-deposits to verify your account. In 1-2 business days you will receive an email to inform you when your micro-deposits are ready. View the bank account you registered and enter the amounts of the two small deposit you received into Earnnest to finish account registration.

Enable ACH inbound on your account.
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Earnnest uses ACH to transfer funds from payer to escrow holder. To receive funds via Earnnest you will need to enable ACH inbound for your account(s). First, ask your bank to enable ACH inbound for your trust account(s). Next, ask your bank to filter ACH inbound payments by either “Earnnest Earnnest” as the business name or by Earnnest’s ACH ID #945440567_ (Underscore indicates a required space).

Add a deposit amount limit to your account (optional).
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As an administrator of your escrow account(s), you have the option for us to set a limit on the dollar amount per transaction that can be deposited to your account(s). If an agent attempts to create an Earnnest request with an escrow amount that exceeds your limit, they’ll be notified of your limit settings and prompted to edit the request (see image below).

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Contact our team to add an escrow deposit amount limit to your account.

How can I tell agents in my network about Earnnest?
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Ready to tell the agents in your network about your digital earnest money tool?
Use our Marketing Resources to spread the word.
Share the Agent Resources page so agents can learn how to get the free Earnnest App, how to send a digital earnest request, and more.
Schedule a Training for your employees.

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Common Questions

Learn more about the escrow holder experience with these commonly asked questions.

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Cost to Me

How much does Earnnest cost me?
Absolutely nothing.

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Account Access

Can Earnnest access my funds?
Nope. Learn more.

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What is Earnnest?

How is Earnnest different from a check or a wire transfer?
Here's what makes us special.

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Settling Time

How long until an Earnnest payment settles in my account?
One to three days.

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Documentation

You receive documentation at each step of the payment process including
authorization and deposit.

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Finding My Account

Why don't I see my escrow account when I search for it?
Check the state and the status.

How much does Earnnest cost?
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Earnnest is free for escrow holders and agents to use.
We charge a flat convenience fee of $18 to the homebuyer to transfer their funds. That is less than most wires and the same as a cashier's check — just more convenient.

Does Earnnest have access to my funds?
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No. Earnnest will neither have access to your funds, nor be able to see how much is held in your account.

How is Earnnest different from a check or a wire transfer?
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Earnnest uses an Automated Clearing House (ACH) to transfer your funds safely and securely.
Moving money through Earnnest is cheaper than most wire transfers and quicker than a check.
And unlike a check or wire transfer, moving money with Earnnest has no risk of fraud.

How long does an Earnnest payment take to settle?
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Earnnest deposits take between one and three business days to deposit into your escrow account once the funds have cleared the payer's account.

What documentation of the payment will I receive?
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The requesting agent, payer, and escrow holder admin receive email notifications throughout the payment process. As an escrow holder admin you will receive notification when the buyer authorizes their earnest money payment and when the money is deposited in your escrow account.

How to refund an earnest money deposit
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Before you can initiate a refund, you will need to turn on the Refunds functionality on your account. Contact our Success Team to turn on Refunds for your account. Once Refunds are turned on, follow the steps below:

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Log in to your Admin Dashboard and select Track Payments. Click the Refund button and confirm to initiate your refund. Once initiated, a new transaction is created and will appear in the Paid & Processing column in your dashboard. This allows you to track the progress of the refund on its way back to the homebuyer. The new transaction is marked with a blue Refund status badge and the original transaction is marked with an orange Refunded status badge for extra clarity in tracking. Once the refund has been deposited in the homebuyer’s originating account, the newly created transaction will move from Paid & Processing to the Deposited column in your dashboard.

A new way to collect earnest deposits

Branded Payment Portals

Earnnest's Branded Payment Portal lets you collect earnest deposits directly from your website. Agents won't need to send a payment request to buyers. Instead, the buyer simply clicks the custom link on your website to access your customized payment portal and send their deposit.

Safe, secure, Private

Add the security of Earnnest to your workflow

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Earnnest offers the security of SOC 2 Type 2 certification.

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We verify every account—both sending and receiving—before any transaction begins.

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We never see or store payer account numbers, routing info, or login credentials.

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We utilize banking-level encryption to keep private information secure.

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By verifying the homebuyer's identity, we comply with federal laws (like the US Patriot Act) and meet the requirements of organizations like the Treasury Department and the NCUA.

Get it in Print

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Have Questions?

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