Bottom Line

  • One key factor in submitting the strongest possible offer is having a solid understanding of your budget. By doing so, you'll feel confident in submitting an attractive offer that's still within your means.
  • Showing the seller that you are a serious buyer is an important factor in making your offer stand out. By offering a larger earnest money deposit or a higher down payment, you'll be able to signal to the seller that you may be less of a risk than the other buyers your competition against.
  • At the end of the day, there are other ways to make your offer stand out apart from offering more money. Your trusted agent will be able to gather insight into what is most important to the seller and offer up their expertise on what sellers in the area tend to look for outside of financials.