Hi First and thanks for your post.
In today's market, with lower than normal inventory, and a larger number of ready buyers, here's what really makes the difference to the seller...ready?
I wish I could tell you that a great letter from the buyer with pictures and comments about how much everyone loves the home would be the reason for the seller selecting one offer over the other, but, in truth, it's all about money.
To really get a home, your offer must be the highest (or in second place), have secured financing with a loan preapproval (not prequal) letter and a good sized down payment so that, if the home is sold for an amount higher than the seller feels will stand up to scrutiny by the appraiser, the seller will not have to lower the price for the buyer to obtain financing. As a result, a "good" or "winning" offer will be one that is for the most amount of money, with the best financing, and the highest down payment.
Again, I wish I had creative strategies for you at this time, but there is so little inventory on the market today that homes are going to those who can make the highest offers.
By the way, working with a great agent who can help you determine what "good" or "high enough" price is for the home--that would be your BEST strategy today!!
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