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Love Letter Coming Out Of A House Shaped Envelope In Front Of A Welcome To Oregon Sign

When I bought my house almost three years ago, I wrote a letter to the seller. I talked about my dog, my kids (they looked to be about the same age as the seller’s, judging by the toys in their playroom), and I fawned over my big plans for the huge cul-de-sac lot. I even dropped a mention that my husband was a local teacher.

I have no idea if that letter swayed them, but I do know this: We got the house — even with other offers on the table.

My story is hardly unique. These kinds of “homebuyer love letters” have long been a staple of the industry — particularly in hot markets or those rife with first-time homebuyers. Buyers use them to stand out, differentiate themselves from the pack, and often, make a personal connection with the seller in hopes of winning the home. According to Matt Brennan, a Redfin agent in Portland, they “make an offer more human.”

Soon, though, these letters will no longer be an option — at least in Oregon.