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.
4. On Offer acceptance there is either a contract generated or a pro forma invoice generated. Since the offer is binding once accepted, the offer if well enough detailed and advised can and often does take the place of the contract.* Customarily in Real Estate transactions the purchase offer itself is generally also the contract for purchase as well. The offer becomes a binding contract once accepted.The Letter of Intent is not binding, and rather silly at the worst of times. An LOI by definition only registers intent to purchase, and it specifies this intent weakly, and due to its ambiguity should be avoided.