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https://homelightblog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/HomeLight-Buyer-Seller-Insights-2022.pdf

This looks pretty normal:

In an era where 50% or more of the homes for sale receive multiple offers, yet half or more of the sellers don’t ask the buyers to improve their offer – they just grab one instead? Money is being left on the table coast-to-coast:

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Read the full survey here:

https://homelightblog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/HomeLight-Buyer-Seller-Insights-2022.pdf

From their last page:

Speaking of gifts from buyers, we asked our sellers if buyers used any unusual tactics to try to win a bidding war, and the results were shocking. When flattery and (possibly) bribery didn’t work, some buyers turned to more nefarious tactics.

Among the troubling experiences sellers reported, the highlights include:

  • An offer of two fully paid, all-inclusive tickets to a resort in Hawaii, presented over dinner
  • Offering a $10,000 signing bonuses if the offer was accepted by midnight
  • Buyers offering to buy toys and gifts for the seller’s children
  • Three weeks at a time share in the Bahamas
  • A buyer lying to the seller and saying they knew the seller’s grandmother
  • A buyer texting a seller each morning to ask if they had received any better offers
  • Buyers promising one price to sellers but writing their offers at a significantly lower price
  • Telling the seller a home was on ancestral lands
  • Heartfelt personal letters in hopes of tugging on a seller’s heart strings
  • An offer to purchase the home with Bitcoin
  • Attempted to give the seller exotic animals and a car to accept their offer

Just some of the tactics sellers reported buyers using to have their offer chosen include:

  • A buyer lying to the seller and saying they knew the seller’s grandmother
  • A buyer texting a seller each morning to ask if they had received any better offers
  • Buyers promising one price to sellers but writing their offers at a significantly lower price
  • Telling the seller a home was on ancestral lands

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