You’re never competing with multiple offers… I’ll pause while you ponder that.
When an owner has a dozen offers on the table, more often than not, they have one offer that’s acceptable as written. Even if a few of the offers have exceptional prices, at best, one offer is acceptable without requiring changes. Most offers can’t be accepted without a counter offer. Those offers aren’t necessarily rejected, they’re simply unacceptable. You don’t have to compete with unacceptable offers. As a listing agent, it’s sad to see a person lose the opportunity to own a house when, except for flaws, and poorly drafted terms, their offer was the better choice.
Contract Drafting Skills are essential in this market. They’re also not a high priority subject of education. That’s too bad. Many years ago I decided I would make sure I was never at a disadvantage to anyone…broker or lawyer, in my knowledge of the Wisconsin purchase agreements and forms. I’m not saying I know the law better; I’m saying I know what’s in the purchase agreements, what’s not, what works for clients, and what works against clients.
Acceptable Offers are easier to craft than the ones that are peppered with errors and omissions. All of my clients can’t outbid the highest bidders. But none of my clients are submitting unacceptable offers because I missed something, or they weren’t given proper choices. Rejection is a fact of life. Acceptance is the goal. Submitting offers that can’t be accepted is avoidable.
Years of experience and ability do not go hand in hand. Some REALTORS get into the field because they like houses, or like working with people. Few people are inspired to get a real estate license because they love contract work. When you’re interviewing agents to represent you, take some time to discover their contract drafting ability and comfort. If you have a choice, expect higher standards.