Writing on a Home Before Seeing It

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

This can happen a lot in a tight market, but it always makes me uncomfortable and many times these contracts fall through.


Original content by Joan Cox DRE# ER40011786


Denver has experienced a slight shift in the real estate market, and seeing homes linger on the market longer than past years.   In the lower price points, you still could see a frenzy, as there are not many on the market.  


On several occasions Buyers living here in Denver have asked if they can write an offer before they see it, and get their offer into the Seller.  Over the weekend, I had a Buyer's Agent tell me her Buyers wanted to write the offer prior to seeing the home.  Although each and every offer received must be presented, most listing agents will put other offers ahead of ones where Buyers have not physically been in the home.   Especially relocation Buyers, as if they come out and see the neighborhood and/or the home in person, they may change their mind.    Taking a home off the market for a Buyer that has not seen the home is usually not a good idea, especially if priced below $500K with so many Buyers looking right now.


It is always best for the Buyers to view the home, see the neighborhood, and the all the amenities the area has to offer before submitting an offer.    In past years, we have seen a 25% fall out rate, due to Buyers making quick decisions, then having second thoughts, or writing on two homes, and having both offers accepted.   






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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Gabe.

I have had only one client actually make an offer before seeing the home.  It went well, highly unusual but it did happen

Mar 01, 2019 02:16 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Gabe -  I can see having second thoughts.  That is a snap decision which may not hold.

Mar 01, 2019 03:48 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Gabe... I've done a few of these for clients whom I knew well and all went well. But I can tell you if I was representing a seller in such a transaction, I'd be asking for a hefty due-diligence fee (which is not refundable in NC).

Mar 01, 2019 04:30 AM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have doe this before.  The buyes seena picture of the front of the house.

Mar 01, 2019 05:08 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Gabe, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Mar 01, 2019 08:24 AM #5
Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM
Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale

Thanks for sharing Gabe! I always recommend seeing it, feeling it and touching it before offing. The internet is a great tool...but it doesn't answer all the questions. :)

Mar 01, 2019 08:53 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

This happens to me in hot market but I prefer them seeing what they are buying Gabe Sanders. Thanks for sharing this post with us...

Mar 01, 2019 04:02 PM #7
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

'Gabe, a very worthy reblog. One of my very first transactions was a Buyer's Agent calling in on a sight unseen offer she would be faxing me.  I recall her saying that if the offer was not high enough, her relocation buyers were prepared to offer more.  The call offer was already $15,000. higher than the listing.  All went well.  However, when buyers from the UK and Brazil, for instance,  wish to purchase sight unseen, I am not a promoter...foresee too many hiccups ahead for all concerned.

Mar 03, 2019 03:06 PM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thank you so much Gabe for the reblog, I missed this.   Appreciate it! 

Mar 22, 2019 02:29 PM #9
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