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.