Phil Spencer shares his unusual tip for getting an offer accepted on a house

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  • When you’ve found your dream home, it can be heartbreaking to miss out on the property if your offer isn’t accepted. Luckily, our favourite property guru, Phil Spencer, has shared a simple tip for putting in an offer on a property and getting it accepted.

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    Speaking in a YouTube video for Move iQ, Phil Spencer revealed that since the property market has boomed this year, there has been a return of the ‘sealed’ bid.

    ‘When there are more interested buyers than there are properties for sale this can lead to a resurgence of the sealed bid and we’re certainly seeing it out there at the moment,’ he explains.


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    When more than one buyer is interested in a property, each hopeful buyer is invited to submit their bid in a sealed envelope by a particular date. ‘No bidder knows how much the others have put forward – that’s the essence of it,’ says Phil.

    Phil Spencer’s tip for putting in an offer on a property

    Phil explains that while the winner isn’t simply the one that offers the most cash, it can help.

    ‘In my book, the price alone isn’t the be-all and end-all but there’s certainly no denying that money talks so increasing your offer can certainly help you secure the property,’ he explains. ‘However, you’ve also got to be absolutely confident that you can afford it and the property is worth it.’


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    Here is where Phil’s clever tip comes in, if you can’t stretch much in terms of increasing your offer try using an odd number, the Location, Location, Location presenter suggests. ‘Even a small margin can help you secure the winning bid.’

    However, Phil also advised making yourself more appealing to a seller, by being prepared for a quick sale.


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    ‘Make sure you’ve instructed a solicitor and be completely ready to get a survey organised as soon as possible if your offer is accepted,’ says Phil. Being a ‘chain-free’ will instantly make you more attractive to a buyer.

    Being a cash buyer is also a significant plus in Phil Spencer’s book. ‘Ideally with an expected exchange and completion date all set to go,’ he adds.

    However, if all else fails you can always appeal to the sellers softer side by building a rapport or including a note with your offer.

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