I think that it depends on the seller. If this is an equity sale, and we are beginning to see more of those, it might very well help. If you are writing an offer on a short sale or foreclosure, then you might consider offering things that are more creative. Offers need to be written to appeal to both the listing agent and the bank negotiator.
I would offer to pay for termite inspections, transfer fees, HOA transfer fees, etc. Some of the incidentals which are things which the negotiator has to take into account, but which vary. The listing agent should be in touch with the negotiator to know what fees are things which can cause a problem. Offering to pay any past due HOA dues....(prior to the offer date) might also be an option...I'm brainstorming as I write! :) I like the idea!!
We want to present ourselves as the easiest buyer to the listing agent and the bank. That makes us more attractive.
Thank you for asking this question....you have given me ideas which I will use with other buyers.