Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Strongest Offer Isn't Always the Highest Offer

Sometimes a seller is faced with the desirable dilemma of having multiple offers on their home. Initially the tendency is to think the highest offer is the best. Generally that would be true, but not always. If the seller is trying to move to a new house they are purchasing they have to think about the big picture. If the sale fails, then that could cost them money on the house they are moving into or even cause that sale to fail. Sometimes the best offer is the one with the least obstructions. That all cash offer with a five day inspection period and two week close might work better for the seller than a USDA financed offer with a ten day inspection and a 60 day close that's $5,000 higher and right up against the buyer's maximum approval.

Usually the highest offer is the one the seller takes but there are times when a "cleaner" offer that is a little less money is the better route for the seller. In this seller's market, buyers should try to structure their offer to suit the seller's needs. The buyer's agent is well advised to talk to the seller's agent a try to figure out what the seller is looking for in an offer. Not so much the dollar amount but the terms. Sometimes sellers have a natural inclination to refuse to pay closing costs for a buyer. Even though an offer can be structured to net the seller the same amount he wants, some sellers have illogical or emotional reasons for not taking a particular offer that is otherwise very strong. In a multiple offer scenario the buyer may not get a second chance to present the best offer possible or to modify terms to suit the seller's idiosyncrasies.

In this fast selling market buyers need to be thoughtful about their approach to an offer.

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