It's important to note the following:
A. Even if there is a deadline on offers, sometimes, but not always, buyers and sellers will be willing to agree to something prior to the deadline if the offer from the buyers is particularly enticing, especially in cases with a long deadline. Expeditious showings after properties hit the market & expeditious offers are very important.
B. Be sure to include a preapproval &/or proof of funds with your offer.
There are a variety of options for how you could go about an offer:
1. The typical approach, which around 86% of buyers opt for, is to make an offer with an agent. There are different approaches to that:
Designated Agency: Listing Agent Represents Seller & An Agent from the Same Firm Represents Buyer
Dual Agency: Listing Agent Represents Buyer & Seller
Using an Agent Outside of the Listing Agent's Firm
How A Referral From the Listing Agent Can Help
How A Referral From the Listing Agent Can Hurt: Buyer's Remorse
When Not to Seek a Referral from the Listing Agent
2. Unrepresented Buyer (No Agent Representation)
Your Chances of Making a Mistake
Increased Risk for the Seller
Reduce Commissions for Sellers
How to Better Your Chances if Buying Unrepresented