Post # 1
Ok, say you own a home or piece of land and a random person knocks on your door asking if you’d be interested in selling. Would you consider it? Would you think they were creepy?
The Backstory : Darling Husband and I were initally under contract for a new lot. We ended up backing out, for a few different reasons because it ended up not being the right fit for us. We decided on a different very established neighborhood that is mostly built out, and only had a few empty lots left. This has been my preferred neighborhood all along, and I would kill to be in it.
Needless to say, 2 of the 5 lots left just sold last month (we missed out while still dealing with the previous contract we were under). We put an offer in on the lot we REALLY wanted, but the seller is being difficult and finally just flat rejected us. He wants way too much more than it’s worth (and way more than the others sold for) because unfortunately he bought in the height of the market and loss his ass on it.
Yesterday we decided to move on to one of the other lots, only to find out it was under contract with 2 backup offers already. Ugh. That leaves two lots left for sale – and one is out of the question. We officially put an offer in on basically the only lot left today, and we’re still waiting to hear.
We’ve walked this neighborhood more times than we can count, and have looked up the empty lots (that aren’t for sale) on our county site. There’s one lot we really like, and it’s owned by the people who live next door to it. Darling Husband randomly said we should knock on their door and ask if they’d be interested in selling. I hear of it happening all the time in big citites. I even saw a couple on House Hunters last night who were searching because they sold their house after a random realtor knocked on their door asking if they were interested in selling.
I just don’t want these people to think we’re creepers, while Darling Husband thinks the worst they’ll say is, no.
Post # 2
I have a price. But we plan to list soon.
Post # 3
I voted that I wouldn’t consider selling but also wouldn’t think they were strange.
However, reading your situation, I’d absolutely knock and see what they say.
Post # 4
I watch far too much Criminal Minds for me to be cool with strangers knocking on my door asking me questions about my home- or the home next door. Or the lot next door. Plus it’s odd to ask someone if you can buy something they’re not actively selling (that you know of).
If you’d really like this property, can you go through proper channels to inquire about it and offer up your phone number to pass along to the owners if they’re interested?
I don’t watch House Hunters, but I think a lot of what goes on in these ‘reality shows’ is staged.
Post # 5
I, honestly, think it’s worth checking into. Who cares what they think? The worst that can happen is they say no. I would just explain how you both have really wanted a lot in this neighborhood and the ones you had an interest in were snatched up, but you saw their lot and immediately fell in love with it. They may want a little more than fair market value if they do decide to sell.
Post # 6
My first reaction was that I would find it weird but having read your post I think actually I would consider it. The creepy factor has more to do with how you approach them and I think knocking their door and explaining your situation isnt weird at all. The worst they can do is say no, in which case give them your contact details and say that if they reconsider to contact you.
Post # 7
If you don’t want to knock on their doors- you can always leave them a letter with your contact info – or if you have a real estate person you’re working with deliver a letter – i’ve had this happen to two friends!
Post # 8
I wouldn’t answer the door to strangers. I would leave them a letter with my request and contact information. I would not think you weird for asking.
Post # 9
My family lives in a hot real estate market and they get a letter or a real estate agent asking to sell every 2-3 weeks. Developers also do this in my city so to me it’s not extremely out of the ordinary. Like other bees said though, leave a letter or send your agent.
Post # 10
We have been approached this spring to sell, as has my brother who lives in the same neighborhood. Its not really that uncommon to me as I know others who have previously been approached as well. This year is very much a seller’s market (at least in my city), as there are not many houses up for sale. It was actually on the news that realtors have been targeting specific neighborhoods to get people to sell.
I would definitely send a letter and not knock on their door. The only thing is that you will likely pay above what the house is worth. It’s kinda hard to low ball someone, when they have what you want. I also think the seller you had problems negotiating with prior is probably of the mind set that he can get more for his house because it’s an in demand neighborhood. If you aren’t in a terrible rush, it might be best to just wait it out for another seller… Or a sale to fall through.
Post # 11
That’s how we got our house. I came into some money which allowed me go for the dream home. There was one I always loved on the road to my brothers house. I stopped on day when i saw them in the garden. I told them I admired their home and was wondering if they had any plans to sell. The women was so delighted I’d admired her home but said no. About 8 months later, she called into my brother and said her husband had been advised to move to a warmer climate and they were going to put the house onto the market and wanted to know if I was still interested. Darling Husband had a house in Dublin but loved the idea of a county home. So I bought it. It needed some modernisation but we moved into before the wedding. I have to pinch myself that it’s ours. I should note this is semi rural Ireland, as in commutable to Dublin but people tend to be friendly & approachable. Not sure where you are but maybe visit at the weekend when people may be out gardening and try chatting to them that way!
Post # 12
starfish0116 : it’s worth a shot but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. We were contacted by an agent (on behalf of specific clients) looking to buy our house before and I just ignored them, but it depends on your market. In my instance they had a client looking to pay in a range that was close to what we paid 4 years ago….except we’ve done a TON of work and the market has exploded. I didn’t call them back because the offer was laughable. Now if they came in somewhere close to reasonable (which would have been at LEAST another $150k more than they wanted to spend) I would have at least given the courtesy of a call back to tell them no thanks.
Post # 13
starfish0116 : I would go through my agent as it’s less creepy and they’re more likely to take you seriously.
Have you called the county to make sure the extra lot is buildable? We have a similar double lot situation in our neighborhood and the extra lot can not have another single family dwelling constructed on it.
Post # 14
I would leave a letter rather than knocking. I personally wouldn’t open my door to a stranger, and even if I did I wouldn’t be discussing my home or land. Too weird to me. Also you’re putting them on the spot and they’re more likely to say no without actually considering it. I DO think it’s worth reaching out, but through a note.
Post # 15
A realator came by our house about 10 days after we moved in to ask if we would sell. Her client had also put an offer in on our house, but they had already accepted ours. I was surprised and flattered that our house was so well liked. I didn’t consider selling, because we’d been shopping and din’t like nay of the other houses as well, and I had just finished unpacking everything. We didn’t sell, but it didn’t hurt anything. I agree to go thorugh your realator though.