Just wondering what others are doing. Do you make offers without seeing the house, or do you make an appointment before throwing out numbers? Do you give the seller a ballpark estimate or range and then narrow it down after an inspection? What works best for you?
It really depends. I inspect all houses but honestly you don't need a seller to give you a tour. If something doesn't add up you renegotiate. I think the main motivation of a appointment is to get a better price.
I've always had luck making my offers in person. I always draft it out on paper with several detailed options for them to choose from. It seems to help eliminate unexpected external interferences. It also gives me the opportunity to ensure they truly understand the pros and cons to each option.