How to make an interesting offer

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According to Business Insider, in Portland’s hot real estate market where some homes are getting dozens of offers and bidding wars have sent prices skyrocketing, one buyer found a way to stand out among the rest: Offer free pizza every month for life.

Donna DiNicola, owner of DiNicola’s Italian Restaurant in southeast Portland, might have been joking when she offered the pizza, but it worked.

Her offer for a 900 square foot (83.6 sq meter) house in southeast Portland for her 23-year-old son was accepted.

“It was really a joke,” she said. “I swear to you I did not know that made it into the paperwork.”

DiNicola, who has been in business for 38 years, saw the Portland market heating up and encouraged her two sons to start looking.

“I thought, well time is ticking and we’ve got to get into this market,” she said, adding the house was perfect even though it was at the top of their price range after offering $275,000 and two months of free rent for the sellers.

“Donna’s offer was just so compelling and the fact that she offered 60 days of rent back for free, which is practically unheard of,” said Holly Marsh, the home seller. “And then the pizza part was just hilarious. It just goes to show they really did something to stand out among the offers.”
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-free-pizza-for-life-helps-close-portland-real-estate-deal-in-hot-market-2015-6#ixzz3dCO8Y2I1