Apartment Investing _ Letter of Intent Or Offer to Purchase? Which is better, a Letter of Intent or Purchase Offer? This is a frequent question for apartment investors looking to make a purchase. Before we get too far, here is my quick definition of the two documents: 1. Purchase Offer, or Purchase Agreement _ A legal document that describes the price, terms, contingencies, and other details of how a buyer would be willing to purchase a piece of real estate. 2. Letter of Intent (LOI) _ A preliminary document outlining the price, terms, and other transaction details that a buyer would be be interested in purchasing a piece of real estate.
There _ we got that out of the way! OK. Now let's look at when to use a Letter of Intent vs. a Purchase Offer. I am specifically going to address this when looking at buying an apartment building or commercial real estate. The standard contract used when purchasing real estate is called a Purchase Offer, or a Purchase and Sale Agreement. You probably used this to buy your own house or condo.