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April 25th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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Can writing a great offer letter help you get the home of your dreams? Yes, even with all the digital wizardry that now is part of virtually every residential transaction, an old-fashioned, handwritten offer letter could seal the deal.

Because a home can carry so much emotional weight, the seller might want some assurance that its next owner will be a good steward of its legacy. Even though it is a set of walls under a roof, a home is often filled with a lifetime of memories – and letting go of memories can be difficult for some people.

While it’s no guarantee, an offer letter might tip the scales in your favor if the home is in a bidding war, or the seller can’t decide who to sell to. A personalized, well-thought-out offer letter could show that you have all the qualities the seller is looking for. It doesn’t’ have to be written with pen on paper, but doing so could add the right touch of sincerity.

Your real estate agent can tell you when and if the time is right to provide an offer letter. But it doesn’t hurt to have a draft or outline ready. We’ve found some of the do’s and don’ts for writing an effective offer letter. Take a look and, if and when you’re ready to take that final step, tug at the buyer’s heartstrings with an offer (letter) they can’t resist.

Are all offer letters the same?

There are two types of offer letters: firm and conditional:

If the home has everything you want and you’re ready to move forward, a firm offer is more appropriate, and more likely to close a quick sale. Here are some pointers for this type of letter:

What to avoid in an offer letter

Are you still searching for your perfect home to put an offer on? Be sure to take a look at our available Southern California listings and start drafting up your offer letter so you’re ready when the time comes.

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