I practice in Wisconsin and a personal check is an acceptable form of earnest money here, made out in the name of the trust account that will hold the earnest money until the time of closing when it will be applied toward your downpayment.
Your Realtor should be able to guide you. Here in WI, making a check out to "ABC Realty Trust" and delivering it to listing real estate company's office as agreed upon in the offer to purchase contract is sufficient.
Make sure you ask whomever it is left with to give you a receipt and copy of earnest money check as proof of delivery for your records.
Enjoy the journey! Hope all goes well & closes as planned.
Lori Koschnick, ABR,.GRI, e-PRO
Your best bet is to talk with your agent about options.
Good luck to you on your transaction!
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