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?