Offer to Purchase Or Letter of Intent. Both terms are used to describe an offer made to purchase a business. An over_simplification of the definition of both documents is: An Offer to Purchase is usually written in contract form and defines the price, terms and conditions of the sale, and is usually accompanied by an earnest money deposit. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is usually written in letter form and also defines the price and the terms and conditions but usually doesn't call for an earnest money deposit.
down and write a letter of intent to buy the empire state building and it would be, utterly non binding. Why? Because my intent can change. I intend to buy the Empire state building, but who cares what my Intent is? Many traders and Brokers treat a Letter of Intent as if it were holy writ. This is a critical beginner's mistake. As its name indicates _ this document expresses an intent.