Below are three recent scenarios from three different agents.
"We're writing an offer. When would the seller like to close?" This along with a few more questions. " So let us know if anything else comes in."
My buyer is interested in your listing. She cannot afford the asking price and before I go through the time consuming process of typing, printing , getting signatures, (in other words wasting my time)... I want to run it by you verbally.
My buyer loves this home and does not want to lose it but their mother's father's stepson's aunt, uncle or some other relative has to see the house and they won't be back in town for two weeks.
What is an agent to do?
Don't Tell The Seller!
An offer is only an offer when it's in writing with dates and terms and conditions and EMD and lender letters and proof of funds and inclusions and exclusions and disclosures and signatures...and a few more points in our 40 plus page Maryland contract.
Yes there are those who negotiate verbally and then put the offer together. I'm not telling you how to run your real estate practice.
But I can tell you it's not a good idea to tell your seller you have an offer.
You do not have an offer until you have an offer!