I've had tons of luck having my back up offers get into escrow and be "THE ONE" that was selected. It all depends on the situation and the property. I've been on both the buying side and the listing side where the back up offer was "THE ONE" that ultimately got the deal. It helps to stay in front of the listing agent and let them know that we WANT that property. You know as they say, Out of sight...out of mind! It's true....when you let them know we are truly interested and the one they should do business with...it works..if that property falls out of escrow and you get a chance at it. I've had agents call me when their property fell out and ask if MY buyer was still interested and we got the deal. You need an agent who will fight for you and be agressive yet nice and never a pest. There is a fine line. But also, I would say..don't put your eggs in one basket. I would
still go shopping and try to find something that you like just as much or even better. You never know, unless you try.