In the real estate world a letter of intention to buy is most often the first step a buyer takes when they have found the home that they wish to purchase. While it is a non_binding contract, once the letter has been received the seller will usually take the home off the market and stop considering other offers. For those who have never written one a letter of intent sample can be found at several websites on the Internet along with instructions covered how to fill it out effectively. You will find many different versions making it easy to find one that suits your specific needs.
An LOI is a nonbinding legal agreement that not only expresses interest, but typically details the initial terms for the contemplated transaction, timing for due diligence, any contingencies (financing, Board approval, etc.), and specifies the timing to execute a final definitive agreement and close the transaction.