Posted by Ron (MD) on January 28, 2001 at 22:26:55:
You’re right, agents are required to present all offers. However, you want the agent to present your offer in the best light possible.
Do you want the agent to tell the seller that your offer is probably not worth the paper it’s written on because you couldn’t even be bothered to submit a real contract? Agents do more than silently present offers. They usually also offer an opinion.
That’s why I consult the listing agent first. I want his support, to the extent possible. That’s why I also automatically include a proof of funds, so the listing agent (and seller) can see that I can get to settlement.