What is a deposit bond
It’s an alternative to a cash deposit
It’s a short term insurance that guarantees the buyer if the vendor defaults, then the insurance company will pay the buyer the agreed deposit amount
Buyer will use a deposit bond if he or she doesn’t have a ready cash at the time of the purchase
Can the bond benefit all parties?
Yes, it benefits the buyer and the seller as it acted as a temporary depositunit the matter settles.
Why sometimes, the vendor does not like to accept a deposit bond?
- If the vendor wants to release the deposit to buy another property, this is not possible. A bond is not cash. It cannot be released. There will be cash payout from the insurance company if the purchaser defaults.
- There is a very remote (very slim chance that the bond (insurance company) can go bankrupt.
What types of bonds are there?
There are short term (up to 3 months) and long term, up to 4 years
Is the deposit bond free?
No. The purchaser needs to pay a fee known as a premium to the insurance company
Does the vendor have to accept a deposit bond?
No. The vendor can refuse a deposit bond and insist on a full 10% cash deposit. However, if that is the case, then you are restricting some buyers from buying. Some buyers might be getting a mortgage more than 90% of the sales price.
When will the bond come to an end?
The bond will come to an end when the property is settled.