Congratulations, you've found the home of your dreams! Before you
submit an offer, you may want to include one thing to set you apart from
the competition — a letter to the seller.
In a competitive market, your offer may be one of many. When you
write a letter to the seller, it's your chance to connect on a more
personal level. You can help them see you as a real person — beyond
dollars and cents — who would take care of the property and make their
soon-to-be old house your new home.
If you decide to write a letter, consider including these important points:
Introduce yourself. Are you single and looking for
your first home? Or a family of four that needs room to grow? Buying and
selling a home can be an emotional transaction, so give the seller a
clearer picture of who you are and that their home will be in good
Say why you love the home. Did you feel "at home"
when you first stepped through the doors? Can you picture your kids
playing in the backyard? Or is the kitchen everything you've ever
dreamed of? Share which features you love the most — they might be the
seller's favorites too. Leave out any plans to remodel; you don't want
to plant the seed that you're tearing down something of sentimental
value to the seller.
Reassure the seller that you will get to closing.
Tell the seller you will have no problem closing the purchase. Share
that you've done your homework and are prepared to take this important
step — you're prequalified, your financial house is in order, and you
have a solid employment record. It's information that can help ease any
fears that the deal won't go through.