Home-buyers in competitive real-estate markets need any edge possible when it comes to separating their offers from the rest of the pack.

One tactic involves a personal offer letter ― a few paragraphs, and maybe a photo, designed to connect with the seller and give them a reason to choose your proposal ... even if others have higher dollar figures.

It’s not hard to find tips on crafting such letters, or templates for such letters, or what the perfect one might look like.

But do these letters make a difference? If you’ve bought or sold a home in the past few years, take our survey below. The results will appear in an upcoming Home HQ piece.

Have your own advice on what makes a perfect offer letter? Send your tip, or your letter, here.

Kevin Lilley is the features editor of Military Times.

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