Zillow Advice: Home Buying - f to partes are wanting to buy the same property how does one get it before the other?i http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/f-to-partes-are-wanting-to-buy-the-same-property-how-does-one-get-it-before-the-other-i/468781/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Home purchase isn't usually ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/f-to-partes-are-wanting-to-buy-the-same-property-how-does-one-get-it-before-the-other-i/468781/ Home purchase isn't usually decided by who gets there first like a Black Friday grab-what-you-can sale,&nbsp;&nbsp; but who has the best offer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>A "best offer" isn't only the price, but evaluated by down payment, source of funds (cash is best), contingencies, and requests for closing costs (not a good idea in a competitive situation).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sometimes a bigger earnest money offer is treated favorably.<br/><br/>So, if there is a house you are interested in and it isn't yet on the market, do your research ahead of time and have a trustworthy buyer's agent monitoring the status so you can be prompt with your offer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The seller doesn't have to accept the first offer but often has a day or several days for a decision.<br/> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 05:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/f-to-partes-are-wanting-to-buy-the-same-property-how-does-one-get-it-before-the-other-i/468781/ 2012-11-17T05:32:00Z