Some buyers will try anything to get into the home of their dreams, but this unusual offer could be the most innovative we’ve seen.
Usually, buyers will try things like bidding more than the asking price or offering to let the seller continue to live in the home for a specified amount of time. Those are typical bargaining ploys.
Rarely do you hear of a buyer who throws in a “service for life” as part of the offer. But that’s just what one Portland, Ore., the home buyer did when she offered the sellers free pizza for life, according to the New York Post article, “Real estate bidding war ended by ultimate trump card: pizza for life.”
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Real estate in Portland is booming, and buyers are clamoring to get into the market. Italian restaurant owner Donna DiNicola, who was looking for a home for her son, said she was joking when she offered the pizza and had no idea it would even make it into the contract. Little did she know, the unusual offer worked. The sellers found the offer amusing and accepted it. Her son is getting a new house, and DiNicola is on the hook for free pizza every month for life.
If your buyer doesn’t own a restaurant, a back-to-basics approach may fare well. In his “5 Unconventional Tactics to Get Your Real Estate Offers Accepted Nearly Every Time,” Mike Lacava suggests offering a really quick closing or offering all cash. See all five tips here.