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How to win a bidding war on your next home purchase

by Nicolette Shkreli 05/22/2024

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In a competitive housing market, home sellers are fielding numerous offers, especially in popular cities and neighborhoods. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned property investor, it can be tough to make offer after offer with no success. 

However, there are key things you can do to help ensure your time house hunting for homes is well-spent and to increase your chances of getting your offer accepted. 

All-cash offer

The most effective way to increase the chances of your offer being accepted is to make it in all cash. Cash offers drastically simplify the homebuying transaction, making things easier for both parties involved.  

Waive the financing contingency

A contingency is an action needing to be completed before the contract becomes valid and the sale of a property becomes final. There are numerous contingencies found in a real estate contract; however, the most standard are for inspections, appraisals and financing.

If you intend to use a mortgage loan to purchase a home, a financing contingency protects you in case you aren’t able to secure the loan in time. In other words, you’ll be off the hook for a home you can’t pay for. 

In some special situations, a buyer may decide to waive the financing contingency, to signal to the seller there won’t be any delays regarding paying for the property.  

Letting a seller know you’re willing to drop this contingency can make your offer more appealing than competing offers, increasing the chances of your proposal being approved.  

Crafting a personal letter

Sometimes to win a bidding war, you need to get on the good side of the seller. Take the time to write them a personalized letter explaining what you love about their home and why it’s perfect for your household. 

Avoid disclosing significant changes you’ll make, as this may signal to them that you don’t appreciate all their home has to offer and may undermine some of their emotional connection to the property. 

Working closely with your real estate agent, you can implement these techniques and increase the chances of winning a bidding war.

About the Author

Nicolette Shkreli


Nicolette is a full-time licensed real estate agent working with residential and commercial buyers, sellers, and renters. Growing up in Eastchester, graduating from Marist College and branching out to Manhattan before returning to her roots has created deep ties to Westchester while understanding what a NYC buyer wants when relocating to the suburbs. 

Bringing nearly a decade of extensive experience in sales, interior design, marketing, and customer service from her Manhattan career while working with esteemed companies such as Elle Décor Magazine and various companies under the Herman Miller brand, Nicolette encompasses an effective fusion of suburban warmth and city tenacity. Her enthusiasm for helping others combined with her determination to close deals helps her simultaneously connect her with clients on a personal level while conducting business in the most professional of ways. It’s this connection that leads to a seamless and successful Real Estate transaction.  

When not working, Nicolette enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and puppy. Professionally, she prides herself using those same personal values of loyalty, honesty, attentiveness, and being detail-oriented. She values all client relationships and makes it her goal to provide exceptional service and guaranteed satisfaction. Her intimate knowledge of the area, having lived in Westchester all her life, gives her enthusiasm and a desire to make her home, your home. 

In July 2015, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS) acquired Tri-Crest Realty and Prudential Centennial Realty and has been one of the most successful offices in lower Westchester County since 2000. With over 1,800 Realtors in 55 offices in the Northeast and 51,600 agents in 1,600 offices in 47 states nationally, BHHS is the #2 company in Barron’s ranking of the world’s most respected companies; ranking #3 in Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies survey.