I have seen this question come up every so often on Active Rain with fellow bloggers. It something not everyone thinks of. It something at first that might surprise or scare a seller to think about doing. However, if your getting some interest in your listing, but know offers it might be time to send an offer to a buyer to see if you get a bite.
There is still a lot of competition out there with most of the houses listed. Getting your listing to stand out is not always easy. Perhaps the buyer saw your home and had interest, but for one reason or another is moving slow. Sometime it could be just not quite having the funds ready for the down payment. Or perhaps the house is in the price range but slightly higher then they want to spend. Maybe the buyer has a lease that is not done for 3-4 month and they are starting their search a little early to see whats out there. There could be many other reasons along with these that a buyer may like a home but not make an offer.
What should a seller do? Should a seller lower the price and see if that generates more showings and an offer? They certainly might need to do that but if a seller is going to do that perhaps first send an offer to a buyer that has shown interest. What do you have to lose?
Keep in mind buyers want deals/value so likely an offer to a buyer will push a sellers comfort level on the price. It is not something you see often and sellers making offers to buyers is an option that could help sell a house.