on the hood of my car

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Real Estate Agent 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
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Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
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Alan, I agree with so many here.  I will take your handwritten offer in a heartbeat! 

August 07, 2012 12:39 PM #67
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Alan May
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Amanda - If an agent opts to write 95% of their offers on the computer or typewriter, I think that's lovely.  That's a personal choice... I love receiving a computerized offer.  But there's no reason to complain when you receive a hand-written offer.  It is just crazy.

Melissa - I agree... sometimes after a few trips back and forth through the fax machine... offers need to be finalized with a "clean copy".  Otherwise an offer is an offer... even in crayon.

Sharon - a woman after my own heart.

August 07, 2012 12:54 PM #68
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Justin Peck
Miller Real Estate - Hastings, MI

If I can read it....then lets get it in front of the other party! So many times are offers handwritten! If you can't read the offer, let the agent know and they will be happy to clear it up / re-write / etc.

To many times are the listing agents just Listing Agents. Thats all they do, sit in their office and wait for offers on their listings. Usually coming through their computer. Some just don't get that buyers make decisions on the spot, and not every time am I going to have ZipLogix open, or even my laptop with me on showings.

I really don't understand the begining logic of making this any sort of issue! It's the few agents who make things so much more difficult for us "working" folk!

August 07, 2012 12:58 PM #69
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Justin - I understand the "desire" to receive offers in typed format.  But to make a requirement is just silly.  As you said... "if you can't read it... the agent will be happy to clear it up..."

August 07, 2012 01:05 PM #70
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
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Alan~ We don't do handwritten, but I will happily accepte a handwritten contract as long as it's readable!

August 07, 2012 01:36 PM #71
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Alan May
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Donna - a reasonable approach.

Susan - they sure oughta... less'n they've been asleep for the last few years.

August 07, 2012 03:10 PM #72
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County
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The only written offers that drive me up the wall are the ones written by a lawyer, not using the Board contract. Then we have to have another lawyer interpret what the heck they are saying.

August 07, 2012 03:19 PM #73
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Karen Anne Stone
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Alan:  One of my favorite places to write an offer is on the kitchen table of the home my buyers want to purchase.  As we are walking thruough the home, and I am getting very loud buying signals from my buyers, we often decide that yes... this is THE home.

In that case... the most natural thing to do is to sit down, right there, at the kitchen table in their future kitchen, and hand-write (as in fill in the blanks) an offer to purchase.  I then get it to the Listing Agent, she presents it to the seller, and usually the offer is accepted.  No re-writes needed.  If it is legible enough for the lender and the title company... why re-write it?

In the post you referenced in your post... I am guessing the young woman had not been an agent for all that long, and wanted very badly to write offers that looked extremely professional.  I understand that.  But while she is perfecting her offer on her computer, my hand written offer is being presented to the seller.

August 07, 2012 03:42 PM #74
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Karen Anne Stone
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By the way... with all the publicity being given currently to Chick-fil-A... perhaps now would be the time for you to open up a restaurant, and then franchise the heck out of it.  I might suggest calling it KFM... for Kentucky Fried Morkle.  Whaddya think ?

August 07, 2012 03:45 PM #75
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Carolyn - I've seen a few of those, and you're right.... they need additional interpretation.

Karen Anne - I don't know... the "feathers" kinda get in your teeth.

August 07, 2012 04:09 PM #76
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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty - Cedar Rapids, IA
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I often handwrite as well. It is a lost art and my writing is pretty. :) Every agent has their personality and business practice, my expertise extends to paraphrasing and sometimes reading verbatim, that contract upside down! That's talent!
August 07, 2012 10:28 PM #77
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Alan May
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Karen - I learned how to read upside down a long, long time ago.

August 08, 2012 06:31 AM #78
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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alan:

I don;t mind receiving a handwritten offer as long as it is legible.  I have submitted handwritten offers, mostly because my clients want to make an offer while we are looking at the property and I don't have my lap top.  An offer is an offer.

August 08, 2012 02:16 PM #79
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Alan May
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Eveyln - exactly... as long as it's eligible.

August 08, 2012 06:21 PM #80
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
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Hi Alan, we agree, that as long as it is legible, we welcome ALL offers.

August 09, 2012 03:00 AM #81
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Alan May
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Bob - I love a good agreement.

August 09, 2012 08:21 AM #82
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Jamie King
Hoty Enterprises, Inc. - Huron, OH
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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 #83
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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 #84
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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 #85
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Hella - oooh... I wanna list a mountaintop, too!

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