When buying a home in Sacramento during a seller's market, it's not as easy as just writing an offer. Often, a buyer needs to "sell" herself to the seller. She may need to give the seller a better reason to choose her offer over other offers. One of the rules of sales is to avoid presenting information in any sort of light that a seller could consider a drawback.
For example, you don't know the seller's politics. This is divisive territory.
You may feel your beliefs are very personal, and you're driven by morals and principles to take a stand with your political leanings, but if doing so alienates you from buying a home, what have you accomplished? Are you prepared to sue? If so, good for you, go at it. Or, do you just want to buy a home?
It's even more complicated, I think, for LGBT home buyers. How much are sellers entitled to know about home buyers? There are so many mean-spirited people who discriminate in this country. It breaks my heart.
Everyone must choose his or her own path to follow, and we as agents need to get out of the way. Real estate agents can only advise. See? I even feel bad about saying his or her, like I've left somebody else out, which I suppose I have. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Tips for LGBT Home Buyers When Writing a Letter to the Seller.