A Letter of Intent (LOI) on the other hand, is generally used as a "starting point" of discussion when purchasing real estate. It is a great tool to use to begin discussions, and usually is followed up with a formal Purchase and Sale Agreement.
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.