What contingencies do you put in an offer on a home sight unseen?

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Hey Guys,

I am currently leveling up my real estate and investment game, and I might get into a place where I am making a few offers on sight unseen properties. 

Besides low-balling your initial offer, what are other contingencies I should include when I make an offer on a home sight unseen? What do you guys do? Any success/ failure stories to share?


Alex Hake

Financing and inspection contingencies are the most common ones.

If I were to ever go down the road of a site unseen offer, I would always leave the inspection contingency in there. If you are financing it, financing contingency. However I would always need to see a house I was buying, unless buying it for the land only value.

I bought my current home sight unseen, and the inspection was the deal-breaker. I dangled enough cash in front of the seller that he jumped to fix things before the inspector got there. I live in a small town, so reputation is everything - the buyer was my secretary's dad, and the inspector was a volunteer firefighter that knew everyone. I think it  made a difference.

Also, Alex, I was traveling through Lincoln City last week on my way home from Portland - so glad I took the long way! Just glorious country. 

Yeah, the Oregon Coast is paradise, I love being up here. Many of the houses here come with hidden surprises though. I have had a few clients jump into purchasing great deals only to discover (in escrow) some water or geological damage to the home. Other times, it has just turned out to be a great deal, so its a talent I really want to develop in this little market.

Thanks you everyone for sharing your wisdom with me today! 

I agree with what everyone said about sight unseen offers! Keep financing and inspection contingencies unless your offer is so low that you think you could cover pretty much any major issue that came your way. I also agree with @Susan Alderson that Lincoln City (and all of the Oregon Coast) is absolutely beautiful! I am very happy to call Oregon home :) 

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