Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How we won the bidding war

In case you haven't read the past few posts, I'll give you a quick little catch up so you won't be completely clueless. Last week, we were divinely led to a house in Dallas that we quickly made an offer on. Unfortunately, 2 other buyers also put in offers. This market is insane, I tell ya!

We knew we had to pull out all the stops if this house was going to be in our future so here's what we did...the kids wrote letters. The only direction I gave them was to tell the owner how much they liked the house and why they'd like to live there. They ran with it!
"Matt" was showing us the house and at the time Reed began writing we didn't know his parents (the owners) names, hence "Dear Matt's parents." Cute, right? I'm so grateful that "everything changed" like  Reed wrote. It was almost instant upon seeing the house that he suddenly became ready and even excited to move. Remember how he was telling me daily that he didn't want to move? Whew, what a relief!

Bryn's my little writer and the second I told her this was to be persuasive letter, her eyes lit up and she dove right in. She asked me to edit it, but I didn't want to touch it...it was perfect as is, misspellings and all.
I particularly love the part about her not enjoying "looking at houses 24/7 so this is our ticket out of looking."

I wrote a letter too, but I'll spare you because it completely lacks the cute factor of these two. So, friends, file this idea away for a future date in case you ever find yourself in a bidding war. Adding a personal touch and sharing thoughts from your heart just may give you a leg up on the competition too. That and a lot of prayer, of course.

6 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i think reed's letter would have won me over!

Elise@growcreative said...

I'm so glad everything worked out for you guys! Those letters are so cute and sweet. No wonder the seller chose you!

pam {simple details} said...

Seriously, how could they resist those sweet letters?!! I loved Bryn's 'homeless' mention! :)

Abby M. Interiors said...

Seriously?! Could they be any cuter? There is no parent/home owner in the world resist those letters? So happy for you!
Abby M.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

These are the sweetest letters! And a huge hooray about the house!!! Xo

Jess@hillcountryhomebody.blogspot.com said...

Love Love love those letters! How could you say no to that?!

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