Another strategy you may consider is to work closely with the listing agent to submit an offer the day the buy-out takes place. The transferee's employer does not want to own the house, so they have a vested interest to make a quick deal with you.
Hope that helps!
Relocation companies have different policies about how they generate a 'buy-out'; many will typically use an appraisal or even several and taking an average value. You and your agent may have to look beyond the Stevensville area to find something similar for comparable sales. I have spoken with several owners involved with buy-outs and their experiences vary (sometimes the buy-out price is less than what the seller may get on the open market).
I think the details of your offer would depend on the timing of the buy-out; usually the company offering the buy-out gives the owner a time frame to sell on their own and if that does not happen, then the owner can pursue the company's purchase option. Also consider the total offer package which includes the price and closing help, financing, inspections, and other contingencies.
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