Is there a required Offer Form that must be used? & Earnest Money Deposit QuestionsI want to submit an offer on a home but I do not like the verbiage used in the California Residential Purchase Agreement and Joint Escrow Instructions form. Am I required to use this form or can I write up my own form, 80% similar to this form with a few exceptions? Are there other forms that are required?Is it possible to use this form with attached written changes?Earnest Money Deposit:Is this required by law or is this a sales tool because people back out on the offer?My issue with this: I will go through with buying the home, but if my lender or the seller do not get their act together in the time frame of XX days, I could lose my deposit. This is not fair.Can I require that this deposit must be returned (in full) to me if the deal falls through due to any circumstances, as long as the seller signs this written agreement?August 22 2014 - Simi Valley00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.