Our offers have been super strong with 20% down, waived contingencies, flexible closing times, and a large amount of earnest money. Twice now our offers have been rejected because seller “hit it it off” with a buyer. I get that sellers can sell to whomever they want, but considering that these were flipped houses where the sellers had no ties to the neighborhood, we wrongfully assumed that the highest dollar amount would win. If the sellers went with our offers they would have netted at least 10% more in total profit. That seems like a lot of money to leave on the table to sell to someone you “hit it off” with, but what do I know.
Part of me feels like “hit it off” with seller is bullshit. As far as we know the sellers weren’t at the showings and we sure as hell didn’t get a chance to meet them.. maybe they knew the buyers before hand.. but why would they to through the trouble of hiring an agent and showing the house. (They both got a huge amount of interest and over 300 likes on Zillow so maybe they were hoping listing it could lead to job opportunities?)
Assuming they really did choose the other buyers for the reason provided, how am I supposed to compete with that? Should I ask the sellers agent to set up a meeting with the sellers? Should I loiter around the open house in hopes the sellers make an appearance? Should I “stalk” the property in hopes of “accidentally bumping into” the sellers? Is this even a common reason to accept one offer over another or are we just unlucky that this happened with 2 out of 4 of the offers we have made?