If you’ve been looking for a new home, finding the right one is exciting. Now that it’s time to
write the offer, however, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure the seller is
impressed with your offer. Of course the easiest way is to offer cash significantly over asking
price, but fortunately in the real world there are still great ways to ensure the seller takes your
offer seriously and improve your chance of acceptance.
1. Pre-Approval Letter – A pre-approval means your lender has done their due diligence
and has all the documentation needed to close the loan.
2. Contingency Removals – Certainly you should not remove any contingencies which
could put you at risk, but the contract is full of some which you can safely remove.
Consider removing or shortening contingency periods to provide peace of mind to the
3. Sell Your Home First – One red flag is the buyer who needs to sell their own home
before closing. Sell before you write the offer whenever possible.
4. Escrow Period – Working with your agent, offer a longer or shorter escrow period based
on the seller’s moving needs.
5. Win-Win – Show the seller that you want to create a win-win. Negotiations are part of a
home sale, but avoid seeming unreasonable or demanding.
While price is always important to the home seller, there are other valuable concessions or
offers which can mean as much. Work with an agent who views the transaction as a win for all
sides and learn what’s important to the seller before you write the offer. By accommodating
their needs as much as possible, you are more likely to have your offer accepted.