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)
Which is Better: An Offer to Purchase or Letter of Intent? First, let's define the two, then I'll discuss when to use a Letter of Intent. 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.