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Four tips to get an offer accepted

The Seattle area market is overheated. What should you do if you genuinely want to compete for a home?

Here are four rules homebuyers should follow to get to the top of a seller's list.

1. Be nice: While money is important, buyers should also be likable and avoid making negative comments about the house or discussing their renovation plans in front of the seller, keeping in mind that sellers have an emotional connection to the property. "Don't tell someone how bad, ugly, stupid, et cetera, their house is and then try to buy it. That doesn't work," according to Keller Williams Realty.

2. Be amiable: Buyers also should avoid making unreasonable demands, such as super-quick closing dates, and they should avoid low-ball offers that could be perceived as an insult or offers that are too high and difficult for them to afford.

3. Be calm: Visiting the listing too often and for long periods of time also will annoy sellers.

4. Be rational: Buyers should avoid waiving the home inspection or appraisal contingency simply to get their offer approved, as they will regret such a move later on if a leaky roof or mold is discovered or they learn that they overpaid for the house.

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