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Rainmaker
3,209,384
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

A few years ago yes, now no it is actually a potential liability...Endre

Sep 19, 2017 11:54 PM
Rainmaker
637,555
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I've done it and it's made a positive difference but as Nina Hollander noted, the offer itself has to be a good one too.  It's not just the letter.  Most recently, I ask the clients themselves to write it but do proof if for content, etc.  Unless it really adds something, it's not necessary and CAN make the difference of that buyer NOT getting the house. 

Sep 20, 2017 04:34 AM
Rainmaker
1,447,447
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

No I have not provided a personal letter. I just provide the facts.

Sep 20, 2017 03:09 AM
Rainmaker
3,133,625
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have never included a letter for the same reason as noted by Endre Barath, Jr.  I've received a few such letters on offers for my listings, but can't say that it took anyone "over the top" but once. I have not found that sellers are swayed by letters unless the accompanying offer is competitive with any others they might receive. And sometimes the letters just sound stupid... the daughter of good friens is going through a horrific divorse and the home was up for sale. The buyers sent a letter with their offer saying how they immediately felt all the love in the home when they saw it and wanted to continue it as owners! 

Sep 20, 2017 04:13 AM
Rainer
352,545
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Only if the listing agents says they are expecting more offers than just mine. 

Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,082,222
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

They just get an offer documentation. 

Sep 20, 2017 05:46 AM
Rainmaker
749,795
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. The few that I have received with offers were a joke and thrown in trash by sellers.

Sep 20, 2017 05:44 AM
Rainmaker
565,713
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

No, I think personal letters can hurt as much as help.

Sep 20, 2017 05:32 AM
Ambassador
3,355,078
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I have as a buyers agent but, if they're too heartfelt, they can interfere with negotiations.

As a listing agent, when I receive them, my sellers do not! It's my job to make CERTAIN that they are making decisions with their business minds, not their soft hearts!

Sep 20, 2017 05:19 AM
Rainmaker
3,362,459
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have at times included a letter.  Some listing agents have requested an introduction letter about the buyers in the agent only remarks of the mls.    

Sep 20, 2017 04:52 AM
Rainmaker
3,054,284
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

We work mostly with investors.  The only letters they are interested in are ARV.

Sep 20, 2017 04:46 AM
Rainmaker
1,698,206
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

sure - If the seller's agent is foolish enough to allow it, absolutely! 

Sep 20, 2017 04:45 AM
Rainmaker
2,945,280
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No sir, no letter.  Around here it just doesn't work

Sep 20, 2017 03:49 AM
Rainmaker
1,219,187
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Depends. Yes, it is often the deciding factor.

Sep 20, 2017 02:04 AM
Rainmaker
4,491,482
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

What Endre Barath, Jr. said...we are from CA and we can sue anyone for any reason whatsoever...LOL

Sep 20, 2017 03:36 PM
Ambassador
4,269,509
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have sent a letter pointing out the attributes of my clean offers, but putting in too much personal stuff often crosses a few "fair housing" lines.

 

Sep 20, 2017 07:10 AM
Rainmaker
1,027,000
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Nope.  Had buyers try it once with my sellers and while the letter - so sweet and so poignant - brought tears to the wife's eyes, she dried them quickly when she realized theirs was the 3rd lowest offer.  

We have heard from many that such letters can be construed as running afoul of Fair Housing, so no...

Sep 20, 2017 07:09 AM
Rainer
352,476
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

The cover letter will outline the pertinent facts about the offer, the qualification of the buyer and maybe a brief into to the buyer but only as it pertains to the contract.  Never would I send "Love" letters with photos or anything that would lead to Fair Housing violations.  I don't appreciate getting those on offers on listings either and I do have this discussion in advance with sellers who agree and choose not to consider those with an offer.  It's not worth the liability.  

Sep 20, 2017 06:59 AM
Rainmaker
1,329,198
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

If I couldn't present in person, I did include a letter.  All things being equal, I think it can help.   I received some stupid letters too... explaining why a buyer couldn't or wouldn't pay more.  I could write a whole blog post on that.

Sep 20, 2017 06:23 AM
Rainmaker
776,790
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

On occasion I have. I think it is a good idea

Sep 20, 2017 06:11 AM
Rainmaker
1,543,950
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

No, association attorneys have suggested that we not do that even though everyone else on the planet thinks it's a good idea.

Sep 20, 2017 05:41 AM
Rainmaker
3,303,479
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have used a buyer letter once in a very competitive market! It worked!

Sep 20, 2017 05:35 AM
Rainmaker
3,053,541
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Kat Palmiotti nailed this one!

Sep 20, 2017 05:03 AM
Ambassador
2,869,448
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

nope and when I get one, my sellers don't see it.  It's NOT part of the offer and it is a business decision and I try to keep emotions out of it.

Sep 20, 2017 01:46 PM
Rainmaker
5,038,332
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

we don't send personal letters from our buyers.... no one cares.... one party wants to buy and the other to sell.... never to see each other again....

Sep 20, 2017 01:11 PM
Rainmaker
1,247,467
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Purchase contract only, unless it will make a difference.  Most of the time it doesn't.

Sep 20, 2017 12:27 PM
Ambassador
2,358,241
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Once.  It made the difference.

Sep 20, 2017 11:26 AM
Rainmaker
525,820
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Nope, that's a potential liability I don't need.

Sep 20, 2017 08:59 AM
Ambassador
3,983,177
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I rarely use letters. There have been a few occasions where the buyers wanted to express their interest and love for the property. Of course I let them.

Sep 20, 2017 08:57 AM
Rainmaker
2,800,246
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I used to do this as a matter of routine.  As my market shifts I make adjustments.  Now, it is about 50% of the time.

Sep 20, 2017 07:59 AM
Ambassador
4,013,782
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It depends. Offer has to be good. And as the listing agent I do what Debe Maxwell, CRS does

Sep 20, 2017 07:14 AM
Rainmaker
5,425,106
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope.

Sep 20, 2017 05:49 AM
Rainmaker
538,514
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

NO...never.

My theory is that the more a seller learns about the buyer the more reasons they have to not like them.

My buyer just needs to make a good offer, and forget about blabbing about themselves.

Eve

Sep 20, 2017 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
3,021,733
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is often a waste of time, as a listing agent i want to see a pre approval letter, little to no continbencies and a good offer more than a mushy letter why they should take less

Sep 20, 2017 05:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,838,670
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

At times we will Humanize our buyers to tug on the sellers emotions !

Sep 20, 2017 04:54 AM
Ambassador
1,644,760
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Strictly business.

Sep 20, 2017 04:41 AM
Rainmaker
4,432,267
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

no

Sep 20, 2017 04:23 AM
Rainmaker
525,654
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I only do cover letters on strong offers, and the letter describes the financial strength of the buyers, not lovey-dovey stuff.

Nov 15, 2017 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
4,107,206
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We did in the early spring when we saw 10-20 offers.   As a seller's agent, I never present them, discriminatory.   

Sep 23, 2017 07:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,549,285
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have never done that and haven't seen the need to start. Some do. If it works for them; fine.

Sep 21, 2017 06:56 AM
Ambassador
4,300,542
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, I tried for a few times a few years ago.

Not anymore.

Sep 20, 2017 11:39 PM
Rainmaker
737,900
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In a multiple offer situation, yes, it can make a difference, but the letter needs to be crafted carefully.

Sep 20, 2017 06:56 PM
Rainmaker
3,983,315
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Very very seldom do I send a personal leter

Sep 20, 2017 06:49 PM
Rainmaker
2,464,514
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

While these may be interesting the Real Estate result is the end game

Sep 20, 2017 07:11 AM
Rainmaker
4,797,473
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

On occasion, I will include a letter.  But it's rare.

Sep 20, 2017 06:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,379,117
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, No, the Purchase Agreement says it all.

Sep 20, 2017 06:25 AM