We got the house we wanted. It’s awesome, in a great neighborhood that’s hard to get into, and has pretty much everything we’re looking for. Super excited to move in next month.
Ours was the strongest of the four offers the house received within the first 48 hours of going active. I know because we offered full list price with an escalation clause, and the listing agent said if we nixed escalation and instead offered $20k over asking, the seller would go with us. We did, and they did. So none of the other offers must’ve triggered the escalation.
We also loved the house so much we decided to include a love letter (which we hadn’t done on any of the other houses we put offers on), telling the seller about ourselves and how much the house and neighborhood felt like home to us.
The seller had been travelling while the house was on the market and had just returned home when we went over for the inspection the other day. I introduced myself and struck up a conversation, asked her about the area, her plans, etc.
The weird thing was, throughout the conversation she was asking me questions like “do you have kids?” – things which, if our letter had left even the smallest impression a few days prior, she might’ve known / remembered.
Is it possible our letter never reached her? The agent may have simply reviewed offers with the seller verbally over the phone since she’d been travelling. And in the end, it doesn’t really matter since money talks and that’s why we got the house. But I’ve been curious about it. I’ve read the articles about love letters being outlawed in certain jurisdictions, so I know there is controversy. We’re in VA, and our agent said the letter was heartfelt and wonderfully written. Could the listing agent have decided to withhold our letter so as not to taint the seller’s decision-making process?