How to Write an Offer in a Sellers Market

Real Estate Agent with Hillscape Properties, Inc. DRE#01452976

Follow these points to be successful with your San Francisco offer, whether you are in a multiple offer situation or not.  We continue to be in a seller's market for homes in great condition, as well as the major fixer category.  The new construction is selling well, the Marlow has only 2 units left, and The Blanc has few as well, and so we're not seeing much easing of the inventory shortage even with new construction coming to market.    

Original content by Connie Harvey

How to Write an Offer in a Seller's Market



In a Seller's Market, it's not uncommon for a Buyer and Buyers Agent to find themselves in a multiple offer situation.

Often, when preparing the offer, it may be the only one. That can Writing an offer in a Sellers Marketchange quickly and turn into 2,3,4 or more offers arriving at once.

If the property is new on the market, a Buyer should prepare their offer assuming others may follow.

Take these steps when Writing an Offer in a Seller's Market:

First, show the Seller that you're qualified. Show that you have been to the lender, given them the documents they need, and that you've been Pre-Approved.

Have the Lender state that approval is based only on the Appraisal and Title work. This will be one of the strongest cards you hold.

Next, Offer a Large Earnest Money Deposit. This shows the Seller that you mean business. Unless you change your mind, this money is still yours. If for some reason the Inspection is a problem, the inspection contingency will protect your money.

Find out what's important to the Seller. This can be so overlooked. Your agent can have a friendly conversation with the listing agent and find out any "hot buttons" the seller might have.

This could include a quick close or and extended close. It could mean they would be comforted with a quick close and possible delayed possession. See what they need that you would be willing to concede to get that house!

Write your Best Offer. This is probably not the time you're going to "get a deal". So if this is the house you want, look at the comparables and write your best offer.

Include a Love Letter. Tell the Seller why you love their house. Most sellers bought the house because they loved it. Knowing the next homeowner loves it as well doesn't hurt your case.

Follow these simple steps and very well may Write the best Offer in a Seller's Market.



Connie Harveyis a local agent with Pilkerton Realtors, serving home buyers and sellers in Nashville, TN, Brentwood TN, and Franklin TN. Let her help you realize your Real Estate goals. She can be reached at 615-371-2474.

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Comments (3)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

My brother who lives in your area, tells me all the time about how tough the market is in your area. Definitely a sellers market, good choice for a re-blog.

Feb 14, 2014 01:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


These are great tips and a terrific choice for a reblog, especially for those in your crazy market. I know lots of people up there and they all say the ame thing. Hard to compete, even if you are well qualified.

Hope business is thriving


Feb 14, 2014 03:39 AM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert

Buyers really need to put their very best offer forward to even hope to compete for some properties.  It is indeed a bit crazy, Jeff!

Feb 14, 2014 03:59 AM