Absolutely. Will it make a difference? Hard to say. I can tell you that if you don’t write one, you will have 100% chance of making no difference…writing the letter will certainly increase those odds.
So why should you write one? Real estate transactions are emotional for all parties involved. However, they don’t start out that way. They begin their journey as a multi-page contract with a bunch of legalese and numbers on them. Often, the seller knows very little about the buyer, and the buyer knows very little about the seller. Most of that information is shared deeper in the transaction, if ever at all.
Telling your story, or informing the seller why you feel you would be a great fit for their home, and the neighborhood, will likely resonate with more sellers than you’d think. For sellers who have lived in a home for a long period of time, it will resonate even more. They want to know their home will be cared for, and that the neighbors won’t resent them for selling to someone who didn’t fit in to the neighborhood. Obviously we have laws preventing us from discriminating, but you get the point.
Tell your story…make your sale pitch. I can tell you that more often than not, it makes a difference.