You could increase your earnest money (10% instead of the typical 1%) or make a "cash" offer. Cash in this sense not being actual cash but basically guaranteeing your loan will go through (so only do this if you are very confident in your loan). When you write a cash offer you are waiving your mortgage contingency.
You could also consider writing the seller a letter and maybe including a picture to make your offer a little more personable.
Higher Deposit, call your lender and see how soon they can get the loan done (14 day loan contingency instead of 21 days). Anything under 30 day escrow helps (shoot for 21 days,) shorten your inspection contingency (7 days instead of 17) You said you had been to 2 of the 3 open houses. If you feel that the house is in good condition and your comfortable enough you can waive the inspection contingency all together.
Hope this helps.
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