(Closed) So we got a knock on our door yesterday…

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
2127 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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 # 7
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
2003 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 # 13
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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 # 16
305 posts
Helper bee

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.




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