Buying a Home - Making your offer stand out with a love letter?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA.

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MSN real estate recently had an article about buyers in multiple offer situations writing “love letters” to sellers. This is more effective if the seller has lived in the home for many years and may have an emotional attachment to the house. They suggested that buyers write a bit about themselves, what they love about the house, and that they are devoted to taking good care of it.

In this age of electronic everything, a hand written letter can be a rarity and add a personal touch to an offer. It won’t, however, make the seller bridge a $30,000 price gap, but serves to give the buyers offer a chance of standing out from the others.

So, what do you think? Have you ever done this or had a client choose to do this? What effect, if any, did it have?


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Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties Realty - Pineville, LA
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Works great on tv, most sellers seemed concerned with the bottom line in my experience.

May 03, 2012 01:23 PM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Interesting concept...however, the bottom line is price and quick completion and "clean" conditions...other stuff is nice but not pivotal.

May 03, 2012 01:25 PM #2
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams of Central PA East - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Mike, I know it made a difference in a recent deal that Jill was involve with. Letting the seller know about the buyer interest is definitely an important factor for an older seller.


May 03, 2012 07:16 PM #3
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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If a aseller is going to accept an offer below asking, they want to do it for someone that they like. A Personal letter can't hurt.

May 04, 2012 01:05 AM #4
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