That wouldn't do much. Having a large down payment is great. It makes any financing contingency very strong, but I would have a hard time advising someone to avoid having one at all unless they planned to pay 100% cash. The terms of the standard contract may prohibit this anyway, without putting your earnest money at risk.
A buyer doesn't get a "cash discount" as it's all cash to the seller. The stronger the financing terms are, the more secure the deal is anyway. A 50% or more down financed deal would be as good as cash to me if the buyer had a strong pre-approval letter.... more
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If you are serious about looking you need to be on a realtor's mls email list. The really good homes come onto the market and go under contract quickly. Some internet sites take a few days to feed.... more