Frequently asked seller question: What is involved in responding to an offer?
My answer: When an offer is received, I like to review it first, ask buyers' agent any questions about terms that might be unclear to me. I call the lender if one is involved, trying to ascertain the solidness of the buyer's financing. I check to see if buyers have submitted proof of funds to close. What additional documents have they submitted? I then telephone you, the seller, and go over the terms of the offer. I send you the purchase offer yourself for you to thoroughly read. I share my thoughts about what might make it a good offer, or what might need improvement, etc. You can decide if the offer meets your needs and if so accept it. Or, you can direct me to write a counter offer, countering terms or price. Rarely do I suggest you outright decline an offer. The decision is always yours, however.
I am always happy when sellers ask questions of this nature. It means they are paying attention. An educated seller is a happy seller.