For this condo I sold in Santa Clara for $625,000, I was the agent for the buyer. I had just recently sold her townhome and she was ready to buy a home that is closer to work. We only encountered one other offer as competition for this condo, but the other buyer made basically the same offer as my client. So, it really was a 50/50 chance of getting it. Both offers were basically the same in price and terms. I probably sound like a broken record, but yet again, the personal letter swayed the seller our way. For this specific case, the letter worked well because the seller had worked at Apple and my client works at Apple, so there was kind of a connection there. And, this condo is super close to Apple, so the seller knew that this condo would be very convenient for the buyer to get to work.
The transaction itself was really smooth and low key. The seller did not provide a home inspection, so the buyer had one done, and a couple of key items came up that we did not expect, the furnace did not work and the shower gauge was stuck in one position on one temperature, but the seller understood that these 2 items were things that really needed to work, so the seller fixed the items for the buyer, since it was new information and not known when we made the offer and went into contract, so that was great. Yep, short and simple, just the way I like it.