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Who presents the offer to the seller the listing or sellers agent?

The seller lives out of state and their agent insists on presenting the offer by USPS mail, is this the norm?
  • December 21 2012 - US
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Since the seller lives out of town one of the best ways to communicate the offer is email. If they don't have access to the internet then second choice for my clients is fax. Last case scenario is to do mail because of the time frame in which offers need to be communicated and responded to.

If you have an agent that is representing you (the seller) then they (the listing agent) should present the offer to you (the seller). This is the protocol as they are working on behalf of your interests.

  • December 23 2012
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HUD still requires you to next day deliver their purchase contract, etc as well...some folks just prefer the good old fashioned way of getting things from point A to point B.

Best wishes from So-Cal and good luck
  • December 23 2012
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In this era most everything is done via email.  It seems as if the sellers are in an area where they do not have access to Internet or fax, or they prefer a clearer copy in any case the listing agent will receive the offer from the buyer agent and convey it to the sellers in way they had decided beforehand.
  • December 22 2012
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Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com!

I have seen it done every way possible.  Some old school agents like to present face to face whether being the sellers or buyers agent.

I am of the new school era & will e-mail the offer with a summation of important stuff in body of e-mail.
  • December 22 2012
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When i was out of state selling a home, the offer came by pdf attached to E-mail.   Perhaps they are not in an area where faxes or E-mail work.

  • December 21 2012
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Whether the listing agent or the buyers agent presents the offer is often at the discretion of the sellers. Some buyers want their agents to do an in person presentation to the seller for a more personal touch. However this would be out the question with the seller being out of state.

I'm surprised that the agent can't fax or email the offer (in the form of a PDF) to the sellers, or even overnight the documents via Fedex. But perhaps the mail is the only way to reach these sellers.
  • December 21 2012
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