Home Buying: How to Craft a Winning Bid

In a seller’s market, finding your clients’ dream home might not be the hardest part — winning it could be the biggest challenge! Here are three tips for making sure that your clients’ bid is the strongest one.

  1. Offer high. In many cases, you don’t want to start a negotiation with your best offer. This is not one of those cases! In a bidding war, money isn’t the only thing that talks, but it often talks the loudest. Make sure your buyers know that if they don’t come to the table with their best offer, they could lose the chance at the home they want.
  2. Make the sellers’ lives easier. By the time your buyers show up, the sellers have already been working hard. The easier you can make the sale, the more likely the sellers will choose you over another offer that requires more from them. This means catering to the seller’s wants, not requesting repairs, etc.
  3. Write a cover letter. Including a letter from you to the listing agent is a great way to demonstrate your clients’ interest, highlight the most attractive parts of their offer, and open up a clear path for communication if there are any questions or concerns.

There’s no guarantee that even a well-crafted bid will get accepted, but if you follow these key principles, you can help your clients put together the bid that’s most likely to win them their dream home.

The Jim Passi Team at Citywide Home Loans proudly serves Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia and Flordia. If you are looking to buy a home or refinance, we have you covered. Apply Now to get started.
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Jim Passi
Regional Manager
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1300 East Woodfield Road, Suite 302
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Mobile: 847-899-1813
Office: 847-273-3265

My wife and I recently

My wife and I recently purchased our home in Joliet, and we used Jim Passi from CityWide Mortgage to get our mortgage. Throughout the entire time, from the first moment we called him to the closing day and beyond, Jim was just amazing. He answered all our questions, some repeatedly, with grace and compassion. He even worked with me while I was having a few temper tantrums on him.

Jim took the time to explain every detail of the process to us, because we have no clue about this process. We aren’t finance people. He is extremely patient with us on every question, and aspect of the mortgage process from preapproval all the way up and through the closing. He explained to us why he does things the way he does, versus the way other brokers do things, and they make complete sense.

We will and DO recommend Jim from CityWide Mortgage to everyone looking to purchase a home today or in the future. Jim is the best mortgage guy one can work with.

Thank you for all you did for us.

Robert and Ruth W.
Joliet, IL

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