It is good to use an LOI to gauge the viability of purchasing the property based on the price an terms you are considering. IN other words, it is good to use to gauge whether or not the offer you have in mind is even going to come close to making sense to the seller.
Contrary to the sellers' and their super sales_conscious agents' familiar claim that "There is nothing to lose in signing those documents," quite the complete opposite is true _ namely, a great deal, in fact, could potentially be lost particularly by the buyer by signing an LOI to a supposed seller. Why? In a word, this is because the LOI is actually fraught with many incalculable legal flaws, traps and pitfalls, much of which could often be prohibitively costly for the buyer, according to legal authorities and contract law experts. (See below for more on this)