You are rolling the dice,
to mix my metaphors.
You are betting that they won't receive another offer.
My best advice, if you really want the property; would be to either send them a personal letter advising them of your situation,
making an offer, contingent upon your personal inspection on 5/18.
Either of these may keep the door open for you.
Good luck and may God bless
As a listing agent, what I do when I receive an offer (especially if it's low) is to contact the other agents who have viewed the property and whose clients have expressed an interest in making an offer. This is a little like 'all in all done' at an auction. And if there's no other offers, we negotiate with the offer that's been presented (which doesn't necessarily mean the seller will accept the offer - but that offer is negotiated to either conclusion or rejection).
If you're serious about the house, contact an agent working in the area and talk them about the listing. They could go out and take preview the property then get back to you. You might decide that the property is not right for you once an agent takes a look at the home and gives you a proper valuation of the home.
Andrea Thompson, Assoc. Broker
I, too was a bit apprehensive about why this place has been on the market for so long. I'm not at all familiar with the Harker Heights area. The listing agent did say the original owners did a lot of work on it but could no longer keep it up so they moved out a couple of years ago. As the property languished on the market they eventually lost all interest, stopped making any kind of payments or doing any kind of upkeep. Just hearing that made the danger bells go off in my mind, so I really want to get out there and look at it and determine how much of a fixer it is before I commit any money.
It happens, but that is pretty rare.
Good question you propose. My thought is that request is so rare, I probably would try to comply with the request. Shouldn't be that big of a deal for most agents. I guess I would want to know if I did get another offer, would you hop on a plane and get out here the same day to make an offer. Otherwise I'm probably not going to wait several days to see if you will come out and see if you are interested in the property and see if you still want to make an offer and see if you will close, considering I have one in hand that will work. Just lots of what ifs.
Why don't you make an offer now, with a longer option period, that would encompass your planned travels? They're probably more inclined to keep you in the loop of other offers if you make an offer now.