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In real estate, especially in competitive markets, agents typically ask for the “highest and best offers.” It’s important to understand what this means, and whether you’re buying or selling your lake home, here are five things you will need to know about “Highest and Best” offers.

  1. This is not an auction. The biggest number doesn’t always win the deal. Ultimately, the sellers decide on what is best for them.
  2. Mortgage vs. cash. Cash transactions typically don’t go through an appraisal process (there are exceptions). There’s usually a pre-approval process with transactions involving mortgages, which could lead to an inconvenient holding pattern, thus making it a riskier transaction than cash.
  3. Timeframe matters. You can de-risk the deal to a seller if there is a shorter timeframe from contract to close.
  4. Earnest money. A large amount of earnest money offered ensures the buyer’s level of commitment, which further de-risks the deal.
  5. Connection. An emotional connection can help make an offer highest and best.

Whether you’re buying or selling your lake home or property, our agents at Lake Homes Realty can help provide insight in today’s lake real estate market and guide you in your home journey. 


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