When you're in competition with other buyers for a Vancouver home you really want, consider writing a letter to accompany your offer. Tell them a little about yourself and about the people who will occupy the house with you. Tell them what it is about their house that you are most attracted to and how much you think you would enjoy living there.
Not long ago I read about a young woman who offered less than another bidder, but she won the house because she wrote about how much she loved the owner's rose garden. That garden happened to be the owner's pride and joy and she loved the idea of selling it to someone who would go on caring for it.
You don't need to write a long letter, just make it heartfelt. Some buyers also include a snapshot of themselves with their family.
Letters such as these are especially effective when the present owner has lived there for many years and has an emotional attachment to the house and the memories it holds. Let them know that you intend to honor those memories by loving the house just as they do.
Letter writing doesn't work every time, but it's bound to make your offer stand out – and it just might be that "extra something" that leads to success.
When you're looking for a home in Vancouver, get in touch. I'll be glad to share other tips for making your offer stand out – and making you the winning bidder when the competition is tough.