Earnest Money is a deposit made in good faith to demonstrate to the seller that the buyer’s offer is legitimate.
YES! A pre approval not only lets you know how much you can afford, it allows the Seller to know you are a qualified Buyer to make an offer on their home.
The answer depends on your circumstances. A few things to consider are: can you afford & find temporary housing, do you have enough equity in your current home for a bridge loan?
I feel so strongly that a pre-inspected home sells quicker and for more money, I pay for the pre-inspection once we sign the listing paperwork.
Buyers feel more confident about making an offer without an inspection contingency. A pre-inspection enables you to make repairs while you are in control deciding what to repair and with which vendor.
When selling your own there are 2 options - either know the condition upfront or when the buyer has you under contract. I want to know the condition before you are under contract.