When Presenting an Offer

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

In a flurry of showing houses, I've been reading a lot of agents' lists of what to provide when presenting an offer. I appreciate that everyone has their own business model but some of these requirements leave me either laughing or comiserating or just scratching my head. I think the lists were born from frustration with the way offers are presented by some Realtors who just don't pay attention to details. (As a Realtor who's handled short sales for 20 years, I totally relate to agents not paying attention to details.)


So, I've come up with my own list.


When Presenting An Offer on My Listing:

• Be complete. ALL information needs to be filled in. That includes the information about you and your brokerage. (And yes, I furnish my information, all of it, when I furnish a guide sheet.)

• I really don't care if you type your offer. I DO care if I can read it. PLEASE don't make me have to send it back to you or hire a deciphering expert. If you're not sure if you write legibly, ask a friend. One who will be honest with you. If they can't read it, chances are, I won't be able to, either. 

• Please don't send me a copy of the deposit check. It doesn't count as receiving the deposit, at least not in Delaware. I'll make a copy of it once I have it in my hands. (And I'll redact the account number.)

• If you really HAVE to send me a copy of the deposit check because it's just what you've always done, redact the account number. (I'll give 3M a shout-out here as they make a removable Post-It Note that was destined for this job.) But again, this doesn't count as receipt of a deposit. 

• If you need to send proof of funds with the offer, dedact the account number.

• And, most importantly, CALL me or TEXT me once you've submitted an offer. Just emailing it to me doesn't mean that I actually received it. 


What's on your list?




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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Monica. I really like this. I too had a list like this. Great job.


Jun 01, 2019 12:13 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I totally agree with everything you said. Years ago I received an offer from a top producing person in our office - it was a totally sloppy and incomplete mess. Geez.

Jun 02, 2019 03:22 AM #2
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