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09/26/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff

Real estate markets are very competitive in many parts of Texas. As a buyer, how do you differentiate your offer from others that a seller receives?

Show how serious you are
If the sellers are asking for 1% of the sales price as earnest money, offer 1.5% or 2%. The extra deposit shows sellers that you’re committed to purchasing their property.

Don’t ask for extras
How many contingencies does your offer include? Financing? Selling your current home? While you might not be able to eliminate all contingencies, limit the ones you ask for.

Connect on a personal level
Consider writing a note to the sellers about you and why you love their property, and include that with your offer. This letter isn’t a negotiation tool and should not include anything about contract terms; it’s a way for the sellers to see more just numbers when they see your offer.

These are only a few ways to present your best offer. Contact a Texas REALTOR® for more advice.

Categories: Buyers
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