Crazy Bidding Wars! How Long Do You Gather Offers Before Responding?

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Crazy Bidding Wars!  How Long Do You Gather Offers Before Responding?

Things have gotten out of hand!  The Phoenix housing market is so heated up.  While attending our mandatory Ethics Class (quadrennial requirement) on Monday, our instructor told us that someone had 91 offers on a listing!  91 OFFERS.  That’s just nuts

How on earth can we be fair?  Do we wait a week to Short Salegather all offers?  Do we wait 3 days?  Or do we wait 24 hours?  There has to be a meeting of the minds to make everyone happy. I’m thinking of the middle answer.

And because regular sales and REO's are moving so fast, investor activity has trickled over into short sales.

Last night, I listed a short sale that is a real fixer upper  And I don’t say that lightly.   This home needs so much work and a roof that a lender wouldn’t even finance it.  So, I list it as a cash only sale.  Thankfully, I’ve only received 5 offers in less than 24 hours.  And thankfully, no one is trying to pay too much.  Having a a real conscience about values here, this little guy has got to be worth no more than the highest offer and that means a realtor is buying it, earning a commission, and has a great crew of tradesmen.  That’s the best circumtances for this wanna be house.

The bright side is that once again, this little house will shine.  It’s the ugliest duckling in the neighborhood, but not for long.  The neighbors will once again be proud to live next to it.  And one more short sale seller will be relieved of this little coulda woulda shoulda home and can move on with their life in another state.

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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It's always great to hear that those fixers do get fixed Jan. There is hope for any home!

Jun 12, 2012 05:15 PM #1
Irene Durocher
Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Jan, it is good news that homes are going quickly. But "holding out" for

over 90 offers is crazy. Let's hope a bidding war is not the wave of the future of real estate.

Jun 12, 2012 11:51 PM #2
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

The more bids the crazier and more heart burn one can get. 

Jun 13, 2012 03:37 AM #3
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Tom - thanks.  And if any home could use the help, it's this one!

Irene - I hear you.  My seller is waiting to see if his neighbor bids on the house.  I just received offer #8 tonight!

John - Heart burn is us!

Jun 13, 2012 02:30 PM #4
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

thanks for letting me know about this one, I have had the same feelings about a lot of fannie mae homes with the constant requests for us to submit our highest and best offer, over and over.

I never go for the bait, its better to not buy than to pay too much.

Jun 13, 2012 06:03 PM #5
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jan there are some crazy bidding wars going on around here.  I heard of one the other day with 31 offers.  I was at an inspection where there were four inspectors there at the same time.  Here there is usually a published date when offers are going to be looked at---3 days---5 days whatever----some times apparently no timeline.  Some areas of town are hotter than others.

Jun 14, 2012 12:20 AM #6
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jan, its the sellers decision on how to handle multiple offers. Unless otherwise specified by the seller, it is FIFO. The seller can request offers to be held for a certain date, but it is ultimately their decision and not the agent's.

Jun 14, 2012 12:39 AM #7
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

It seems that things are heating up all over. Did someone send out a signal or what? Oh, I'm not complaining.

Jun 14, 2012 12:59 AM #8
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The time is distated by the degree of activity, If a new listing gets a lot of chowing requests within the first day, then wait 4-5 days before opening the bids,, and let all know at the same time. A Multiple offer form doesn't hurt as it weed out the low ballers

Jun 14, 2012 01:10 AM #9
Andrew Martin
REMAX Accord - San Ramon, CA

In my market, listing agents collect offers until they write their own, and then they stop and wow, what a surprise, they double ended it. Most of the time here there's no use writing on a hot listing. The listing agent will "win" every time.

Jun 14, 2012 01:18 AM #10
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I was the winner in a sale with 34 offers and the agent had very simple rules; all offers by a certain date and time.  That time was about 6 days after listing and 48 hours after the last open house.

Jun 14, 2012 01:58 AM #11
Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX


We have been getting multiple offers on most of our listings in the last 4 months. We talk with our seller and get their  direction on how long to accept offers. We put out a call for 'highest and best' and then present them to the seller. 

I could not imagine having 90+ offers on one property, its a beating to present 10 offers!

- Brent

Jun 14, 2012 02:19 AM #12
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Bob - I hear you!

Charles - amazing!  4 inspectors?

Michael - FIFO sounds like the stock market!  Here in AZ it is common to hold all offers and let the seller decide.  We're in a sellers market for prices under $300,000, so it's crazy busy!

Sandy - Yeah - my line - "someone turned on the faucet in January and it's been non-stop!"

Ed - yeah I hear you.  We aren't doing a multiple offer form because it's a short sale and the bank will ultimately decide on the price anyway.  We're just picking the best offer and running with it.

Andrew - that's too bad.  I have never sold my own listing and especially not on a short sale.  I don't want anyone coming back to me with questions as to why I sold it and excluded anyone from a sale or purchase.

Bryan - good for you!  That is a simple way to do it.  Similarly, I closed on a sale 3 weeks ago wherein I was the winning "bidder" of 33 offers.  We were both in the same boat!

Jun 14, 2012 02:23 AM #13
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Brent - Good call on how to handle multiple offers!

Jun 14, 2012 02:24 AM #14
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Way to go Jan!  We haven't faced that battle yet, but are looking forward to it!                                                                  

Jun 14, 2012 03:43 AM #15
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks for commenting!  Go get 'em!

Jun 14, 2012 03:53 AM #16
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jan, so often, the winners of a really bloody bidding war will wake up a few days later with a "what was I THINKING?' reaction.  And they just want out.  I think offers are like men.  You need one really, really good one.

Jun 14, 2012 12:57 PM #17
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Seems like a good problem to have.   I think it should be up to your seller - if they want a decision and not wait because they have a great offer - then don't wait.

Jun 14, 2012 01:29 PM #18
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Jan, 91 offers on a home officially tops my list of the highest amount I've ever!!! :)

In our area, what Andrew described in comment #10 happens a lot with REOs and select brokers. When I see the majority of their listings getting double-ended (and a couple of times for less than what my all cash client offered), I don't even show their listings anymore.


Jun 14, 2012 06:09 PM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Patricia - I love your analogy!  This one went to contract today and I hope the new buyer will make it beautiful again!

Joy - You're right.  It is up to the seller and I followed his directions.

Souza Realty - Yes, 91 topped my list as well. We don't end up double ending our listings as much as what  you're experiencing.  That leaves a bad taste in my mouth!

Jun 18, 2012 01:09 PM #20
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