Are you wholesaling and hesistant to make offers because of the $500-1K earnest deposits? Have you considered offering the option $10 contract? You can make lots of offers with the option contract. Obviously, it is more valuable with FSBO offers because you are working directly with the owner instead of the realtor. It is definatley less riskier and you can make alot more offers with little risk.
Ok, so how do you explain this to the owner selling the house? Basically, you want to tell him/her that you don't want the house but you have a network of buyers that would buy the house. Also you want to mention that whatever the difference is of the price is, you would get. If they ask how long you want to have it locked up for, you tell them for 4-6 weeks, but could be less. You can also mention that if they find a buyer you will rip up the contract.
It is a win/win situation for you. NO more $500-1K earnest deposits.
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