And which house is that? The escalation clause with a max price you will go is as close as you can get to a "for sure" but a good agent can find out if there are other offers, the estimated market value today, then the best way to position youroiffer and to present it is person, for the best chance. There are many nuances to making an offer that a seasoned and trained agent can help you with. You are in Redding? Buying in Chicago? If I were the seller I would want to know more about your situation before I commited to taking my house off the market for you. Your intentions, if you have anything to sell first, how you will pay of it, if you are pre-approved for financing if needed, when you intend to close the deal. Send me an email for other ideas. firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, contact the agents here who offer to help you in the Chicago arera.