The challenge that buyers have is that they usually don't know what is really important for the seller and they end up assuming that money is the key.
Jose Dias, REALTOR | (623) 418-5700 | Jose@MyFirstHouseAZ.com | http://www.MyFirstHouseAZ.com
Make sure you are offering a fair market value on the home
Make sure you have pre-approvement for loan above the amount of the home / offer price.
Give a fair earnest money, $5k on homes below $300K, $10K on homes up to $500K, etc.
Make sure you have professional, honest representation. Your Realtor needs to be professional, no games.
You want an inspection but don't be over demanding.
Work with a Realtor that will advise you and has strong negotiation skills.
Be flexible on closing and possesion day.
Good luck. http://www.jordanteamaz.com
Some ways to sweeten an offer might be to increase the amount of the earnest money, make the earnest money non refundable, shorten the inspection period, waive the inspection period, waive the Seller's proeprty disclosure statement, waive the insurance claims history report. shorten the escrow period ( AKA short close), offer to purchase "AS IS". However many of these need to be given serious thought to before offering it. Sometimes it is just not a good idea.