Buyer makes offer on homes
Agents writing offers that don’t cut the mustard seems to be the norm lately. What the buying public doesn’t know, all agents do not know what they are doing. Often when a buyer’s agent writes a very poor quality offer, the buyer thinks it is a good offer. She doesn’t understand when the offer is rejected. Why? Because her agent told her it was a great offer. When they lose, it is sour grapes. the listing agent is the scape-goat to blame. Listing Agent must have double-ended it? Not so. They had an agent friend who they let win? Not so. The simple truth, the buyer’s agent failed to write the highest and best offer.
Should a listing have a pending sale sign in the yard? It depends. We have a Sacramento listing that recently had five offers. We are pending sale and have two back up offers. One of these two buyers signed a back up addendum and a multiple counter offer form. This buyer is ready to go into a sales contract if the first offer fails for any reason. In this case, the seller wants a pending sale sign in the front yard as soon as possible. The home sold in 5 days, so sellers are thrilled and want the neighbors to know how fast it sold.
How do Realtors educate buyers to write winning offers? They tell them everything about the process. Talking about how to prepare a potentially perfect offer to conform to the market is critical. We are navigating through a seller’s market in Sacramento Real Estate, right now. Inventory is at all time low.
Buyers are making offers above list price even to be considered to compete, and they face stiff competition and multiple offers. Put on your armor and make your highest and best offer as you may not have another opportunity. All sellers do not send out multiple counters; they can decide to choose the best offer and game over.
A scenario we are seeing as of late, buyers hesitate to write offers in a timely manner, consequences? Well, yes, in a spring Sacramento market, homes sell faster than in the winter. A listing located in Midtown Sacramento we already put in escrow. Of course, now another couple who had seen it 4 times didn’t write soon enough. They submitted an offer a little too late, and are trying to get into back up offer position.
Another listing in Natomas, the buyer wrote three consecutive offers; however, the first two were not viable. Of course, another offer comes in! Now, they are competing in a multiple-offer situation. If the first buyer had written a substantial offer instead of writing lower offers, they would have been in contract long before today.
A buyer makes offers on the same property three times, is it the charm? This really just happened. In decades of selling real estate, this was a surprise. The first time the buyer wrote a very low offer per the seller, when there was a substantially higher offer on the table. The second time the offer was a bit higher offer, same buyer. The third time it is a viable offer, but is that high enough for the seller?
The first offer the sellers did not respond. They felt it was too low given the comparable sales on homes that had the same floor plan. Meanwhile the home went pending into contract with another set of buyers. So this same buyer submits a second offer, as a backup offer. The seller rejected the backup offer, still too low, he said. The property then fell out of escrow through no fault of the seller. The seller has been working hard every day to ensure the home shows well.