21 Ways to Get Your Offer Accepted During Multiple Offers

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Limited Inventory Brings Multiple Offers...

Bringing to light a recent post from Debbie Reynolds who made some great points on a very real "Real Estate Market" and Multiple Offer Situations.  With limited inventory buyers are often vying for the same property as others are.  Being able to have the best offer possible takes planning and this is a great guideline for any buyer in today's real estate market.  



Original content by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

Strategies to Make Sure Your Offer Shines in a Multiple Offer Situation


Accepted offerAggressive markets with low inventory create stress not only buyers but for agents, too. Nobody likes to see a buyer disappointed when their offer lost out to another bidder. 

Though there are no guarantees and each market responds to different practices, this list of tips and strategies is from some of the best agents in the country that participated in a recent ActiveRain Contest on how to compete in a Hot Market. Using these tips will give you a leg up and help stack the deck in your favor by increasing the chances the offer will get a serious look and possible acceptance.


1. First, buyers need to understand up front that the market is hot and if they don't bid quickly and aggressively they may not get a second chance on any home.

2. Choose an agent that is experienced that will represent your interests. Every buyer needs a strong negotiator on his side.

3. The buyer's agent should have a good reputation for working with other agents. When competing with other similar offers, it may come down to which agent the seller and his agent trust more.

4. Be proactive. Buyers that wait to look on the weekends are often told the property sold earlier in the week.

5.Get your finances in order and have a strong pre-approval letter from a trusted lender ready and in hand.

6. Cash is king and if at all possible making this happen will move you to the topof the pile.

7. If you see it and like it, don't sleep on it. Those that wait lose out. Do it now.

8. Before writing the offer, the agent should talk with the seller's agent and see what the trigger points might be. It could be a quick closing is needed or a seller rent-back if the seller is building a home. Try to make it easy on the seller.

9. Considering offering over list price. Many homes are going thousands over list and buyers that understand that they only have one shot are getting the homes. 

10. Keep the offer clean with as few contingencies as possible. Even a home inspection is a contingency so make it for informational purposes only if you can and you will get the seller's attention. Be sure you are comfortable with the possible outcome if there are repairs you did not foresee.

11. An offer subject to appraisal or loan contingencies may be a put off to the seller. If you have the cash, considering covering the difference if the appraisal does not meet the sale price.

12. When writing the offer make certain you have the paperwork, contract, addenda and all disclosures are completed correctly and in their entireties. This will show you are meaning business and not playing games.

13. If the property is in an HOA, review HOA rules and restrictions to be sure you are comfortable with them and ready to move forward.

14. A buyer letter stating how much you like the home can make a good impression on the seller. Selling homes is an emotional and financial decision and some sellers could be swayed by some kind words. Caution: This could backfire in some situations such as if a buyer states he has pets and the seller has been meticulous about caring for his home and thinks the pets might destroy it. Use good sense.

15. A photo of the buyer or a drawing of the new home by the buyer children will set your offer apart.

16. Call the agent to notify that an offer is on the way. This is another place that having good working relationships can help your offer get serious attention.

17. Some agents make a request to present the buyer's offer to the seller. This is when you can clearly state the case for the buyer and test the waters about it being understood or if there ae questions.

18. Consider using an escalation clause that has predetermined price increases should other offers come into play.

19. Strong earnest money conveys a solid message that the buyer is financially committed to the home and will likely not be bailing on the deal.

20. If possible, get an agreement that the seller response time will be quick. Showing urgency can show strength in being able to move forward fast.

21. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Sweetie- the less complicated the offer is the more the seller and his agent will like it.

An experienced agent can determine which of these strategies should come into play. To read more from experienced agents on this subject that excelled in giving strategies and earned bonus points in the Hot Market Contest, click on the following links.

Hot Market Tips- How to Get your Offer Accepted by Kasey & John Boles 

Winning the Bidding War- No Contest- No Contest by John Marshall - FORE! 

Hot Market Strategies: Getting Your Offers Noticed & (Hopefullly) Accepted by Nina Hollander  



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Comments (13)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Good advice here. The cleanest offer with the least number of hoops for the seller and buyer often is the accepted offer!

Nov 06, 2017 07:23 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Good re-post on this one. A clean, well written offer that gives the seller little reason to say no is the best!

Nov 06, 2017 08:27 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Teri, great ost to reblog, and we are seeing our fifth year of a frenzied Seller's market, and lots of multiple offers.

Apr 15, 2018 07:02 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Teri, I really appreciate the reblog and hope your readers find it valuable.

Apr 15, 2018 04:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Teri, our friend  Debbie Reynolds  did put into words what we have been living in for the past four years, well written and well stated, Endre

May 04, 2018 09:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Teri! Just popping by to say hello and I hope you're doing well! 

Have a fantastic week...

Oct 01, 2018 09:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Teri! Me again! Just checking in on you. I hope you're well and ready for the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week...

Nov 19, 2018 08:36 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Hi Debe,

Thank you for checking in...as you might know we have been involved in horrendous fires here the last 10 days.  We have lost over 1,500 properties in our market area and many of my personal friends and clients have lost homes and personal property.  Today the fires are almost contained and now we are preparing for rain that might bring mudslides to the now burn areas.  

Grateful I did not loose a home, but sad for so many. 

Looking forward to a couple of days off with family for Thanksgiving.  Having so much to be grateful for will make 2018 Thanksgiving mean a lot. 

Blessings to you and your family

Nov 19, 2018 08:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Teri, just cheking in how you are it has been a while, and we were driving through Malibu & Augora yesterday hard to believe the way nature works burned trees with beautiful green grass growing around it already, Endre

Mar 03, 2019 09:04 PM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

There’s so much green now...but with that and the rains we’re getting mud flow on some properties.  One of my listings is still under restoration but hope to have it back on MLS by April. 

Home insurance is now an issue as the fire lines are redrawn and some insurance companies are pulling out of the burn areas.  Always something to keep us on our toes.

Hope 2019 is great for you!

Mar 03, 2019 09:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes Terri always something to make our profession more challenging, I feel bad for the poor people who lost everything....Endre

Mar 03, 2019 09:54 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Mar 21, 2019 08:55 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Roy -  that’s a good reminder....

Mar 25, 2019 08:52 PM