on the hood of my car

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Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential

There is a featured post, this morning, by Amanda Lott of West Chester, Pennsylvania, right now, that suggests that offers shouldn't be handwritten anymore.  There are a fair number of comments that fall on either side of the issue, but a number of people who suggest that in this day and age there's just no excuse for a "handwritten offer".

She says "We just received a handwritten offer! And it's not like the writing as [sic] that neat! Does anyone else require a more professional look from their agents or teams? I am embarrased [sic] for the agent who submitted the offer."

Man... am I that much of a dinosaur?  I'm sorry... no wait... no I'm not.... Almost all of my offers are handwritten.  I sit with the buyers, and walk through the contract (all 12 pages of our local 5.0 contract) paragraph by paragraph, explaining what they're signing, and making the offer personal.  I like to make certain that my buyers understand all the ramifications of the very serious document that they're signing.

Many times my offers are written on the hood of my car.  Sometimes sitting in their car along with their two year old, or their dog.  I do try to make sure that the offer is neat and legible, but I am just not going to apologize to any listing agent for bringing them a handwritten offer on their listing.

I'm just not.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Bob - I love a good agreement.

August 09, 2012 08:21 AM
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Jamie King
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Agreed! I just hand wrote an offer last night. We were crunched for time, so I sat at the kitchen table of the subject property and quickly drew it up. No time for sitting down at the office and producing completed forms from Zipforms. I'm pretty sure the seller was tickled to receive it either way. Especially since it was very close to asking price and the house just came on the market yesterday!

August 11, 2012 05:45 AM
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Alan May
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Jamie - and that's just the scenario where "lost time" could mean "lost sale".

August 11, 2012 07:34 AM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Alan: That brought back the memory of a seller calling me to list a vacant property. When I met up with him in the boonies he hauled out a map, spread it on the hood of his truck. pointed to the mountain top and everything right and left of it, and said, "that's what I want to list with you." Wrote the listing right there. I LOVE hoods of cars.

August 14, 2012 12:44 PM
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Hella - oooh... I wanna list a mountaintop, too!

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