Post # 1
So yeah, my husband and I were just lounging around the house yesterday afternoon when a lady came up to our door..
What’s so odd about this you ask? Well, she just kind of goes Hi, sorry to bother you, but you had this house up for sale about 2 years ago and I wish I would have bought it then. Are you selling? She went on for a bit about how she has been kicking herself about not making a move on it then, etc.
We ended up turning her away, but we have been wanting to get out of this house but the time is just not all that good, or I would have said yes do you have $xxxx in your pocket, it’s yours! Hee!
You know what’s even weirder, and honestly kind of annoying is, a month or so ago we got a call from the old realtor that someone that saw the house back when it was listed that was interested and after we spoke to her (the realtor) the whole thing kind of just fizzled and we never heard anything back. Makes me think she didn’t even go back to that person and say we would entertain an offer. I mean how could this mystery lady that showed up on my doorstep NOT be the same person?
In hindsight I should have just got her info, so we could call her back after much discussion for a just in case moment. LOL But man, that was just a weird exchange all the way around. I don’t think I’d ever walk up to someone’s door and ask if they want to sell their house!
On the bright side, maybe this will spark his interest to get serious again about getting the house ready to put back on the market… I should go read that post about living anywhere in the US. Haha!
(Edit: sorry for the book)
Post # 3
That is weird – I thought things like only happened in movies! Maybe contact your realtor, and try to get the person’s contact information, if you do change your mind?
Post # 4
Haha aww the face to face interaction must have been awkward! Where I live (TX) it’s not uncommon for people to do that- usually by form of letter. My dad has actually done it. My parents have houses they own and rent out since my mom is a broker. They liked a specific neighborhood, so my dad sent letters to the houses simply stating that he was interested in their house if they were ever looking to sell. He actually bought 4 because of those letters, lol!
It may not be common in your area, but I know of 15 people who have tried something similar (though I don’t think any of them went to the door haha!) Maybe this woman used to live somewhere like where I do and is trying it out on you!
Post # 5
My dad lives in a very desirable location in East Fort Lauderdale in a gated condo complex and people were somehow getting in to knock on his door and beg him to sell, it happened nearly a dozen times. I suppose its a coin toss its better to ask then wonder what if…
Post # 6
Wow, looks like it’s more common than I thought! I’m with you though, @Shosha1: — I’m like this only happens in the movies! Haha!
I’m kind of half tempted to contact the realtor again, but part of me really didn’t like how that particular one was handling things.. But maybe it’d be worth it, that lady obviously wants the place going to all that trouble… right right? (I’m talking myself into it here)
Work’s not going to get done today I can tell! I’m going to be here going over all the stuff I need to get done so I can slap a for sale sign in my yard.
Post # 7
My parents recently sold our family’s farm that way! They had been thinking of selling for a long time, but didn’t think they could get what they wanted for it in the current market. Well a couple rang the doorbell one day and asked if they would consider selling so my parents said yes- for the right price! They were in a really prime location and weren’t farming the land anymore, just living in the house and renting out the land. It was getting hard for them to keep up all the maintenance, so it was great timing. The couple were looking to farm, and they have 4 kids that would really love to have animals and the whole farm upbringing. I don’t think they would have sold if it weren’t for that fact.
But that was in rural Wisconsin, and a farm is a little different than just a house. If someone did that in the city where we live, I think I would be a little weirded out, too.
Post # 8
My parents bought their house that way!
We lived in a different town about 45 minutes away, but my dad was working as a teacher in “Town X”. My mom always said she’d move to “Town X” if she could have this certain house. She heard a rumor that the people that owned the house were going to sell it, but it wasn’t officially on the market yet. (This is a town of about 600 people, where everyone knows everyone.) She went and knocked on their door that day and asked, and my parents ended up buying the house.
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s all that weird to knock on a door of a house which was recently on the market and ask if it is avaliable if it didn’t sell the first time. If you had just moved in and she knew that that would have been odd. Too bad you didn’t get her contact info, it seems she may be the ideal buyer who is ready to pay for your house. I would certainly call the realtor and try to get that info if you are at all thinking of selling in the next half year.
Post # 10
We have a couple living with us who recently sold their condo that way! They were planning to list it in the next 4-6 months but someone offered to buy it (if they were interested in selling) before they ever put it on the market.
Post # 11
I dont know, I feel like if she bailed on buying it 2 years ago, and possibly bailed on buying it last month (maybe thats why it fizzled), maybe she’s too flakey anyway.
Post # 12
UPDATE TO THIS CRAZY STORY:
So Friday afternoon my husband got a call from the realtor again, and yep, you guessed it THAT SAME LADY wanted to come see the house.
Long story short, we’re letting them come this afternoon to do a walk through. This is 4 times now she’s asked about the house. My husband’s joking that there must be cash stashed in the walls or something. I will have to admit that I’m wondering why she’s so persistent!
So I guess we’ll see how this thing goes today. We’re not really looking to move (right now anyway) so we’re just going to be like for the right price…. We agreed on a number range that if she hits we’ll do it. We’ll have to come out good on the deal for sure, but I don’t think it’ll hurt to see how this plays out.
If anything- we got a good cleaning out of it and some minor cosmetic things fixed that we’ve been procrastinating getting to! Haha!
Post # 13
Wow interesting. She’s definitely given you the upper hand here. I’ve heard that there are websites out there whose whole thing is “make me sell my house”. You list it for a price you never think you’ll get and even though you’re not planning to move, money talks and a million dollars might make you say “GOODBYE!” Best of luck with the whole situation.
Post # 14
Ya I too have heard of this before, especially if one has a home on a desirable street in a much sought after neighbourhood (or a unique home layout etc)
Mr TTR and I would love to someday own a house on the water, we drive around often looking to see what has FOR SALE signs out front… many times, I’ve said something like “IF ONLY we could win the lotto, then we could move this along a lot faster”… to which he’s replied “IF we win the Lotto, we can pick out WHICHEVER house we like along the Lotto and make the current owners an offer they can’t refuse”
Does sound promising… not only getting a special location, but also a to die for house also.
As for your UPDATE…
Good to hear you guys have connected again thru the Realtor. I too would be keen to give it a whirl and name a price.
Who knows she may really really want this house enough to pay more than what the house would go for in a normal Listed For Sale Situation (up here we call those Bidding Wars), and as our Housing Market is still quite strong (compared to the USA) they happen in really desireable neighbourhoods in our pricer cities (like Toronto and Vancouver) fairly regularly.
Post # 15
The showing this weekend went well I think. The lady flat out told me she wanted the house. She kept asking me things like could I use this room’s closet for the pantry, can I knock a door in this wall.. LOL I was just thinking buy it and you can put a door wherever you want lady.
We’re still waiting to hear what they’re going to offer, but hopefully will know something by the end of the week. Right now I’m kind of at the point I’m not sure if I want it to go well enough that she actually buys the house or if we should just stick it out here until we’re actually ready to move.
It’s all so confusing!
Post # 16
you might not want to have any more contact wiith the buyer. any innocent thing you say can be leverage for a lower selling price. when she comes to the house for a showing, make sure you are gone. if you happen to run into her, say hi and promptly leave. let your realtor and her realtor hash it out.
i had a friend who innocently told a buyer that she was so ready to sell so she could be with her boyfriend. well you guessed it, the lady took that to mean she was desperate and it resulted in a lower selling price. it was an innocent comment, but it bit her in the ass.