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Highest and Best are Not Synonymous

This is an excellent post on multiple offer situations from Cindy Jones blog. It applies to the Macomb County, Michigan market as well. Thanks for the teriffic post Cindy.

Enjoy!

Highest and Best are Not SynonymousWe see it all the time in the MLS.  Multiple offers received please submit your highest AND best offer by Tuesday at 5PM.

Yet highest and best do not always go together.  A few months ago one of my listings garnered multiple offers.  Some of them were well above the list price and though it was tempting to think big bucks, the sellers picked the BEST offer.  After the property settled and the sales price posted in the MLS I got an email from an agent who had submitted a higher offer wanting to know why their offer wasn’t selected. It was obviously higher than the closing price.


Patiently I tried to explain that we looked at all of the offers and selected the one that had the best terms and conditions for the sellers.  “But ours was a higher price.” Again it has nothing to do with higher price it has everything to do with the overall terms.  Incensed they suggested they would talk to their broker about the situation, as their buyer obviously should have gotten the home.

Buyers and their agents need to realize what they may perceive as their highest and best offer may not always be the one selected.  Is an offer well above list price and with multiple contingencies better than a offer with no appraisal contingency?  Is a cash offer lower than list price with a quick closing better than one above list price with a FHA loan?  You can combine multiple scenarios and find that highest and best don’t always go together.

When I sit down with my sellers to review offers I remind them it isn’t always about just the sales price but the total contract.  If a deal looks shaky on paper then chances are no matter how many stars you get in your eyes from the price the deal won’t be worth the stress it causes.

In the current Northern Virginia market where multiple offers are a common make sure you are making your best offer.   Remember that HIGHEST isn’t always the BEST offer.

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsMike Mitchell • February 24 2010 09:26AM
Highest and Best are Not Synonymous
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This is an excellent post on multiple offer situations from Cindy Jones blog. It applies to the Macomb County, Michigan market as well. Thanks for the teriffic post Cindy. Enjoy! We see it all the time in the MLS. Multiple… more