How Much Should LGBT Share With Home Sellers?

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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.

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Very interesting topic, Elizabeth.  It's a challenge sometimes to keep the focus where it should be. 

Jun 26, 2018 02:19 PM #1
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - I have never been a fan of buyers writing letters, but then I'm not in your market of oodles of offers for each listing. In my market, listing agents want to know where the buyers are from (we have a lot of second and third home buyers) and the mention of, let's say, "New York City," "Texas", "Aspen", "Omaha", "Hillsborough", "Silicon Valley" and "San Francisco" sound good to sellers--because of the perceived wealth of the buyer. Beyond that, no one really cares. 

Jun 26, 2018 02:30 PM #2
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Carol Williams Well, this came up from a real experience, and I felt it was worth exploring. When I gave advice to the agent who questioned how to do this, we also checked with a few of our gay friends to make sure we were on the right track, and they agreed. It's not something people talk about but probably should.

Jun 26, 2018 05:22 PM #3
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® We don't have multiple offers on every listing. Only the super desirable homes. Our feeling is our buyers should have every opportunity to win, but utlimately it their choice in what to say. We simply advise.

Jun 26, 2018 05:23 PM #4
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Elizabeth- even though I'm not an agent, I would do as you suggested. Write about what you like about the home or whatever but as to who you are should have no bearing on anything. I would think the same would hold true for sellers.

Jun 26, 2018 06:18 PM #5
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Definitely off topic and not part of any discussions I have. It doesn't matter is what I tell my new agents.Just qualify and sell homes.

Jun 27, 2018 08:29 PM #6
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Elizabeth, now that you write about this, have not come across this situation, even with listing quite a few homes.    Write a good offer that the Seller cannot refuse, and they should win the bid.

Jun 28, 2018 05:45 AM #7
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Kathy Streib When you're the buyer's agent, you don't get to pick who your sellers are. Unfortunately, there are definitely bigoted people who seem to feel they have permission from our present administration to be even more bigoted.

Jun 28, 2018 08:36 AM #8
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Joan Cox I don't notice it on the listing side because I work with sellers I choose. I would not work with a bigoted seller. But you can't choose your sellers on the buyer's side.

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“My advice for LGBT home buyers is let your desire for the home shine through in your letter.   Put your heart out there, not the gender you identify with nor your sexual preferences.  Because it is not any of the seller’s business.” 

That's perfect advice, Elizabeth!

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