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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Yes, a number of times I've had a buyer who knew they were competing with multiple offers and they asked me "other than writing a fabulous offer what can we do to stand out?"  I suggested writing a personal letter to the Seller letting them know what owning their home would mean to them.  The result?  I believe, we have won the bid each time.  Can't guarantee it will work every time, but so far, we have won.

Jan 19, 2017 06:29 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have received a letter once. It turns out it was disingenuous when tested

Jan 19, 2017 06:07 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

For sure -  the letter is attached to form part of the offer ensuring the Seller gets to actually see it!  Everytime we've done so, the Buyer got the home.  I am surprised that I've never received one for my own Sellers though!

Jan 19, 2017 07:25 PM
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Yes,  once my buyer wanted to write a letter and I submitted it with the offer.

The offer was accepted.

Jan 19, 2017 06:16 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Only a couple of times but it was the buyers that asked if they could do so

Jan 19, 2017 05:50 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Absolutely.

Jan 19, 2017 05:49 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not in 26 years of real estate.

Jan 19, 2017 05:29 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

No... I don't encourage them. Here's a link to a recent Inman article about why sellers should not accept them. If you can't pull it up let, me know and I'll send it to you privately.

Jan 20, 2017 04:26 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

no

Jan 20, 2017 04:20 AM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   No.  A lawyer warned me about potential Fair Housing issues with those letters.  I decided not to use that tactic.

Jan 19, 2017 08:08 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I personally have never had this experience, but know some agents who have.  When I am presenting an offer, and with the Buyer's permission I do tell the Seller's about the family I am representing to personalize the transaction.. I find this  has been beneficial on several offers,  including when I purchased my own home, as I was competing with another offer.

Jan 19, 2017 07:55 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

A couple of times. This is not something I recommend or encourage.

Jan 19, 2017 07:25 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have written them as a buyer, probably more effective to just meet with the seller.

Jan 19, 2017 06:24 PM
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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

Yes, I've had good success with buyers who wrote letters to include in their offer to explain why they really wanted that particular home. 

Jan 19, 2017 06:01 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, but not by my proding.

Jan 19, 2017 05:31 PM
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Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

I've never encouraged my buyers to do so, but I have had a couple of them voluntarily write letters which I then submitted with their offers.  Both did end up getting the homes.

Jan 19, 2017 05:24 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I write letters on their behalf.   More than once it's what made the difference in getting our offer accepted.  Never underestimate the role of emotions in real estate.  ;)

Jan 20, 2017 04:11 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No.

Jan 20, 2017 04:07 AM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Yes, a few times. Works sometimes and other times not so much. 

Jan 20, 2017 03:14 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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Several times!

Jan 19, 2017 09:44 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

William Piotrowski - yes, few times. And it worked, too.

Jan 19, 2017 09:31 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

As a Buyer agent I try to present when possible, but when I can't I have had a Buyer write a letter and sometimes it works / sometimes not

Jan 19, 2017 08:29 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Yes but, I try to get a feel from the listing agent as to his/her sellers.  If I think a letter will work, I send it, attached to the Offer (same file so they see it).

Jan 19, 2017 07:31 PM
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Alyce Davis
Realty Executives Exceptional - Randolph, NJ
Real estate agent serving Northern New Jersey

Yes, but I find it more effective to include a page that I write titled ABOUT YOUR BUYER. I humanize them in the letter. I find it works better.

Jan 19, 2017 07:28 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Every single time for 18 years (except investors).

Jan 19, 2017 07:14 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Yes I have.

Jan 19, 2017 05:21 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Yes, especially in multiple offer situations and the letter was very effective in setting my buyer apart from the others.

Feb 18, 2017 08:11 AM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

It was the buyer's idea, not mine.

Jan 24, 2017 05:18 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

No I always write this letter.  I don't like any direct communication between my clients and the other party except if they are home during the showing.

Jan 22, 2017 05:31 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Absolutely, but as a listing agent I do not forward them due to fair housing.

Jan 22, 2017 12:46 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Yes, it is very effective.  

Jan 21, 2017 10:39 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

we are listing agents, and sellers do not care about the emotional aspect of the sale... they only want the most money with the best terms...period.

Jan 20, 2017 12:58 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

This is a great way to personalize the offer and we have had success with this.

Jan 20, 2017 12:41 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Just got one along with a contract last night.

 

Jan 20, 2017 10:50 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  It is an old practice out here.  I see about 40% of the agents perform it, 100% in multiple offers.  I've seen too many of those letters though give info that I wouldn't personally want out there.  I've done it in about 60% of my buyer-side deals last year, but it was at the buyer's request.

Jan 20, 2017 09:49 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes.  With mixed results.

Jan 20, 2017 08:05 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Yes, but it didn't sway them even a little.

Jan 20, 2017 07:43 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

William Piotrowski No

Jan 20, 2017 06:09 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Against my advise yes.

Jan 20, 2017 05:29 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes.

If a heated market AND when the house exhibits something leveragable.

Other agents say they are a waste of time, saying the seller is never perusaded. That lives in defiance of what ALL marketing companies know to be true.

Be alert for need and leverageable opportunity.

An example of leverageable.
The letter identified and praised the foliage and specimen plants the homeowner had nurtured over they lifetime living there. Knowing their lifetime of work was going to be preserved DID make a difference.

Jan 20, 2017 05:20 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I have received a few as a listing agent.

Jan 20, 2017 04:45 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

9 out of 10 buyer letters ar enot looked at or discounted. A good offer speaks volumes over a buyer letter

Jan 20, 2017 04:45 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, and sometimes it works and sometimes not!

Jan 20, 2017 04:35 AM