The Advantage of a Personal Note to Accompany Your Offer

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

The Advantage of a Personal Note to Accompany Your Offer

Just a few days ago, I was helping buyers who had found their dream home.  Unfortunately, the couple we had been running into at every listing we saw that day, thought the same thing.  My buyers were going into a competitive situation with their offer and they heeded every bit of advice I gave them.  Go in with the highest and best offer.  Don't ask for anything you don't absolutely need.  Show you're serious with a good sized earnest money deposit.  And finally, write a personal note to the sellers.

The note may very well have sealed the deal.  After getting their offer accepted, my buyers wanted to head back to the home and show their parents.  While there, the sellers thanked them for the note and out came something they had in common, that the sellers had discovered upon reading the note.  They were both adoptive parents.

It never hurts to put a bit of emotion into the offer with a personal note.  It isn't going to replace great contract terms,  but if all things are relatively equal, it may very well put your offer over the edge if you find yourself competing for the home.

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Gina:  Sometimes, I wonder the same thing. 

Mark:  I've yet to do the in person presentation, but I would like to one day.

Karen:  It didn't take much nudging.  They were already thinking the same thing.

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Chris Ann, I know that many times I've had sellers choose an offer because of a personal note -- and I've had buyers whose offers were selected because of a personal note. It doesn't ALWAYS seal the deal, but it sure does help.

May 02, 2012 08:37 AM
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Shannon:  As I keep saying, it certainly can't hurt.

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Chris

I, too, have had situations where we know the letter, because the sellers said so, made a difference. In others, where it is all about the money, it probably has little or no impact. Sometimes buyers ask aboutit, other times I suggest it if it makes sense.

Jeff

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Jeff:  The money is the primary factor, there is no denying that.  But if you have offers that net the seller virtually the same amount, a letter or note can really tip the scales.

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