Three ideas that increase the chances your offers are noticed and accepted.
Most of the time, I am the listing agent, but when working with a buyer, I treat their offers as though there were competing against other offers. After all, why not put the best offer forward to help ensure your buyer does not lose their "perfect" home.
Financial qualification is a must. Not just a "baloney" letter from an unknown lender... stating:
To whom it may concern...based on the information given, you are approved to buy a house for x amount providing whatever you told me does not change. You do recognize these "pre-approval " letters are not binding.
Make sure your lender "knows" the client and writes a letter specifically for this buyer and specifically for this property. Give the seller and the listing agent assurance that this buyer can and will move forward to a settlement.
A hefty good faith deposit..go above and beyond the normal. This doesn't cost the buyer any extra. The check is NOT cashed if the offer is not excepted. Again this gives the listing agent and the seller confidence that this is a serious buyer...willing to put up the money to secure the property.
Talk to the listing agent. What does the seller need? When do they want to move? Do they need a quick settlement, or do they need time to find a home?
The more information you know about the seller's circumstances, the easier it will be to see how the buyer can be flexible.
Maybe they need to rent back. Perhaps a few extra days after the settlement to move. Perhaps they have bought another home and need the assurance that they will have the proceeds to move forward.
Knowing these answers allows you to put this in writing when presenting the offer.
Something like this would accompany the offer.
'Thank you for presenting our offer. The entire family loves your home and is willing to settle earlier or later to accommodate your plans. Since this young family is "camping" out with her parents, they are ready to adjust the closing to meet the seller's needs. Of course, they would like to move in right away since their home is sold. Just let us know when would be your ideal time.'