Is putting down an offer 17% higher than the listing price normal in my marketI am a first time buyer that lives in southern California and I am planning on putting 5 offers down on separate houses later today. The houses range in listing prices from $215,000 to $249,000. The max my lender will give me is $250,000. My realtor I am working with is strongly suggesting I put down an offering price of $250,000 for all of the 5 houses. I know it's very much a seller market in southern California in my price range and there is a shortage of inventory but is putting down an offer 17% higher than the listing price normal in my market. I can't ask my realtor this question because she has an incentive for me putting down higher offering prices.July 18 2009 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.