Our Lake Havasu real estate market is muy caliente right now. With an incredibly low inventory, we see more and more instances of multiple buyers vying for the same property. This includes competing against buyers from out of state, too. You need to make your offer stand out from the rest. One of the ways to do so is to include a personal letter with your offer. But you must tread a very fine line between genuine enthusiasm and potential offense. So, how do you decide what should be included in this letter?
Including a Personal Letter When Buying a Havasu Home
The internet is fantastic for finding just about anything you are looking for. This includes templates for letters to include with your offer. However, you do not want something that looks like a form letter. You risk insulting the seller and losing the sale. It always works to your advantage to write something that comes straight from your heart instead.
Find Common Ground
The best personal letters include talking about common interests. Do they enjoy a hobby you also like? Are they outdoor enthusiasts? Do you see evidence of boating as one of their interests? Rock climbing? Camping? Make sure to mention how much you enjoy a common activity in your letter. This helps endear yourself into their hearts, increasing the chances of them accepting your offer.
It never hurts to be complimentary. Tell them how much you like the colors they used on the walls. Or talk about how much you appreciate any upgrades/updates/renovations they performed on the property. Never mention any things you think you want to change about the home. This could hurt their feelings and send your personal letter to the bottom of the pile right away.
Use Your Real Estate Agent’s Connections
Your Lake Havasu REALTOR® should be able to find out most of the “behind-the-scenes” info you need to craft a good quality, highly effective letter. So, talk to them about what they think you should include in your personal letter as well as what might be best left out of it. Then, make sure you take their advice to heart. After all, they work for you and want you to be successful in your home search.
…a personal letter is simply a waste of time. For example, if you buy your Havasu home directly from a builder or a developer, they do not care about a personal touch. They are “bottom-line” people. For them, a home sale is all about business. So, always, always make sure you get your financial affairs in order first. That means getting a loan pre-approval as soon as you decide you want to start looking at homes. You need to be ready to put your offer in as soon as you find a home you like, especially if you run into a multiple-buyer situation.