We tried to buy a house but our loan application was not approved. Our $500 earnest money had been deposited with a title company and they said they wouldn't return it without a release signed by the seller, which the seller won't sign. Help!
The Commission does not have jurisdiction over title companies. While a license holder is encouraged to assist the parties in the exchange of the necessary earnest money release and need to sign the release as appropriate, there is nothing in TRELA or the Rules to determine who is entitled to the earnest money. You will need to consult a private attorney.