I was somewhat casually house-shopping about a month ago. I didn’t even have my paperwork complete, but I wanted to begin the hunt so I understood the process more thoroughly. Little did I know I would find the perfect place for me and my boo, our pets, and my home-based business.
I had to hustle to finish the loan application (so many papers!), get my taxes done (UGH), have that “Can I borrow $50,000?” conversation with my parents, all while having one of the busiest winters my little event planning company has had in years. I GOT THIS.
The Seattle real estate market is beyond hot. And it’s hella crazy with competition, but that’s growth for ya. As much as I would have loved to stay in the cute lil rental house in Ballard that I’ve lived in for seven years plus (three with my boyfriend), we had outgrown it, and I seriously needed a place to plant myself and my business. I had a studio rental with storage space, and that rent was increasing another $75 a month. Buying made the most sense, but I knew I needed help with the down payment (hello mudda, hello fadda), a great agent (my band-mate and pal Lori), and something that made my offer stand out.
The horror stories of pals who had put in ten offers on ten different homes, only to be repeatedly outbid by up to $100K, sounded exhausting and terrifying all around. Once we came upon this adorably remodeled 1918 home on a private drive, with a private studio, a chic kitchen, brilliant white flooring, a magical backyard, I knew this offer had to BLOW MINDS.
The homeowners were creatives like us, and, by speaking to their sensibilities and how well this house fit our needs, I was determined to make my first time house offer ever a clear winner.
I burned up my Google search engine with “creative house offers” but nothing really resonated. I thought more about the house and what it told me. I needed to be visual with my plea. Thus, I channeled my inner graphic designer (along with the help of Canva.com — which is great for those of us who lack the technical computer graphic skills, but have the design savvy to piece it together). I created an infographic to express what we loved about the house and how we imagined ourselves living in it.
The infographic was a hit. So much so that the highest bid went $32K over my final offer. That’s the importance of this little letter. Heartfelt, honest and whimsical. Plus my specific references to the “unicorn” reflected the framed artwork in the studio space that states “unicorns are faux real.” So the homeowners gifted us with this print… I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!
Granted, this kind of approach won’t necessarily work with a house flipper, a new construction development company, or owners who haven’t necessarily the same intentions. It was refreshing to know that even in this competitive market, there are people who see the value of owning your first home as something more than a financial investment.
What kind of creative house offers did you come up with or receive? Did it work?