Sleeping On Your Decision to Buy a Home

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A buyer's agent called yesterday to ask whether I had any offers on a certain listing in Sacramento. I asked why she she was asking. Because, as I put it, I probably will have an offer on Sunday, given the big jump in activity I've witnessed at that particular home. Well, it turns out her buyer, whom she already told me a few days earlier was not really interested in this home has now decided there is an interest.

The buyer is wondering if they should sleep on that decision, and the agent says it would depend on whether I have any offers right now. No, it doesn't depend on that. It depends on whether the buyer is committed or just fishing. Because I can get an offer bingo without any notice and, in fact, I'm taking a few hours off on Sunday, out of cellphone range, and that in itself can generate offers, heh, heh, from previous experiences.

The other thing about this situation is now I know that not only is her buyer indecisive, but he seems torn back and forth. One day he does not like the house, the next day he does, and now he doesn't even know if he should write an offer? This sounds like trouble to this Sacramento listing agent.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Very true - either make an offer - or don't.  Not interested in your Buyer's indecisiveness - but - since you shared - count on the earnest money being "gone" if the seller accepts the Buyers offer and then the Buyer has another change of heart.

Oct 11, 2015 02:02 AM #1
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Hello, Elizabeth. This is a very insightful post about deciding on sleeping on making an offer or not. Thanks for sharing this.

Oct 11, 2015 02:31 AM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

If you do get an offer from those indecisive buyers, they will probably want an answer in two hours or less.  They may not understand why your seller, if they chose too, would want to take an evening to "sleep on it" before answering someone who wasn't sure they wanted to buy his house in the first place.  

Oct 11, 2015 09:38 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Elizabeth.  Let them sleep on it. Hopefully you'll get a full price offer while they snooze.  

Oct 11, 2015 08:08 PM #4
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  Their buyer's agent is a dink.  Pull the trigger a buy the home.

Oct 11, 2015 09:07 PM #5
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Elizabeth. I see so many situation that prospective buyers lose the home they true want to own. They kick themselves afterward, but too late many times.

Make it a great week!

Oct 11, 2015 09:24 PM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't understand this term or way of thinking, Elizabeth.  What happens when you sleep on it?  Does some mystical being come into your dreams and tell you to buy the home or not?

Oct 11, 2015 09:50 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, you are right, the buyer should KNOW if they do or if they should "sleep on it".    In a fast paced market, they will lose out!

Oct 12, 2015 10:45 PM #8
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