Buyer Tip: Writing Your Best Offer...The First Time!

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

May the best offer win!   Unfortunately, neither of my buyers this weekend "won" the house that they wanted.  A cautionary tale...


This weekend, I had two different buyers at were interested in two different new listings.  The first buyer couple saw the house and wanted to "sleep on it".  Which is fine, I get it.  After explaining that this particular home would sell quickly and it would be difficult to find another like it, we parted ways.  But by the next afternoon when they decided to make an offer, the house was already gone.  Other buyers had slept on it the night before and there were multiple offers resulting in a sale price above the list price! In our current market, in specific price points, you don't have the luxury of "sleeping on it".  And if you do not already have your pre-approval in place or know how much you want to spend, you are also at a disadvantage.  


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The other buyer, saw the house twice over the weekend.  With no other offers on the house, we had a unique opportunity to be the first offer.  But there was again an obstacle.  This buyer has a home that needs to sell first, and it isn't on the market yet.  So despite a strong offer, those two items were a deal breaker for the seller and the offer was rejected.  The seller received 4 offers on the house after the open house yesterday and it is now under contract.  


The first buyers are now pre-approved and ready to not let the next house slip through their fingers. 

The second buyers are going to continue to get their current home ready for the market and once it is online, it should sell quickly and we will be in a much better negotiating position.  


The pre-Spring market is a great time to sell, but buyers need to be ready to compete with their best offer out of the gate.  With multiple offers likely, we need to prepare by having the pre-approval ready, writing the strongest offer possible and moving quickly to make a decision.  The interest rates are still below 4%, so it is still a great time to make a move.  Call me today for a FREE buyers' consultation if you are thinking that 2018 is the year for you to purchase a new home.


Keep smiling!








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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


Mobile  319-521-0701

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sacramento has been low on good housing inventory for a couple years now.  "Sleeping on it," often has homebuyers losing out to more motivated and swiftly acting competitors.

Jan 09, 2018 06:32 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Karen. This is an excellent post and absolutely accurate everywhere always.

Jan 09, 2018 07:50 AM #2
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Karen, the old saying "if you sleep on it, you may not sleep in it" once again applies. Sometimes it takes buyers a try or two to realize there is a good reason why we inform them of the market condition and what to expect. 

Jan 10, 2018 06:11 PM #3
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thank you for sharing this.

Jan 14, 2018 03:31 AM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That works exactly that way in my market too. Those that drag their feet, don't get the home.

Jan 20, 2018 07:43 AM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  took my comment.  I f you have to sleep on it, you may not sleep in it.

Buyers sometimes have to lose a house to get really serious about pulling that trigger.

Feb 11, 2018 03:10 PM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Your market in Cedar Rapids is much like our pre-spring market - if you snooze, you lose! It typically only takes once for them to realize that they need to fully trust me on the 'hot' houses!

Great post, Karen! I'm sure you've gotten both of these well on their way to their home purchase by now.

Feb 11, 2018 03:12 PM #7
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