Higher option money, higher earnest money and flowers are nice touches, but when a seller has five offers to choose from - and they do - flowers are not going to replace a couple of thousand extra dollars in the selers' pockets.
All I can say is do your best to advise your client to make a wise and prudent choice - even if that means leasing for 6 months to a year and trying again later. He/she will respect you more for it and the loyalty of your clients is worth far, far more than this one closing will be. Good luck.
All the best,
With any sales, you must have a compelling reason WHY a seller should take action. Paint a picture for immediate response needs, and be there first on a rainy day.
Hope that triggers some ideas for you.
If your buyer doesn't have enough money, look for a property he can afford. Of course there will be bidding wars on low priced properties since they are so rare nowadays especially if they are in good shape.
The Michael Group
Higher earnest money, higher option money, short closing time, free lease back to seller, $1000 moving expenses to the seller. Dinner delivered with contract, flowers and wine delivered with contract. Be creative.
How about $100 bill for the seller's agent and the seller in an envelope.