Real estate agents reinvent ‘love letters’ as competition heats up

In today’s red-hot housing market, buyers are doing everything they can to compete. Waiving contingencies, bidding well over asking and in some cases even making an offer on a property sight unseen are all becoming de rigueur.

But what about the humble love letter? Surely, telling a seller why you love their home and want to make it your own can only boost your chances.

Not so fast, says the National Association of Realtors. Some jurisdictions have already outlawed these missives, and NAR advises against them even in places where they are still legal. According to the organization, the notes can lead sellers to run afoul of the Fair Housing Act and can actually endanger a deal.