Yes there's a lot of competition against investors out there right now. You want your offer to be strong to beat them out - so the fewer things you ask for in the contract, the better.
That said, it depends on the lender, but often times in a short sale scenario - the lender may only pay up to 3% in closing costs, if at all. So if you really feel you need them - bump up your offer by 3% too.
Liane Jamason, REALTOR
Smith & Associates Real Estate
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