Post # 16
Don’t knock on the door, mail them a letter. My dad has done this SO many times and has been successful probably a dozen times (my parents own a bunch of homes as investments that they rent out). Plus it doesn’t put them on the spot- gives them time to discuss in private.
Post # 17
I would leave them a note with your phone number telling them you are interested in the lot next door. I think it’s less weird and still gets the message across and since you would potentially be living next door to them I wouldn’t want to scare them.
Post # 18
My husband and I recently bought a piece of land for our future house by reaching out to owners who didn’t have their land listed. We didn’t knock on the door though. We sent letters to owners and left our contact information. One finally bit! I would be a bit taken a back if someone showed up at my door though. I think a letter or phone call is more appropriate.
Post # 19
I would knock and say you walk through the neighborhood all the time, are trying to find a lot and having no luck but really love the area, would they be interested in selling their lot (or do they know of one of the neighbors that has mentioned being interested in selling?). Say you hate to bother them but love it so much and just had to ask! If someone did this to me I’d probably just say no and close the door, but thats because like a PP, I watch too many crime shows 😂
Post # 20
we get calls and letters and emails pretty often so I wouldn’t think it is odd however we aren’t really looking to sell. Some of the offers are pretty amazing and do get us at least talking (2x the price we bought our place for just 4 yrs ago) but honestly we couldn’t afford something this nice now (bc the market has gone crazy) and we know our place is very unique and has everything we wanted which is very hard to find in our area (walking distance to subway but a private yard and garage, more than one level, formal dining space, large sq ft etc) so we are “stuck” here (in a good way)
Post # 21
So we got in the car and rode up there. The garage door was open so we knew they were home. We parked and actually the wife was walking out of the garage as we were walking up the driveway. She was definitely surprised to see us! We told her that we were interested in buying in the neighborhood and asked if they’d considered selling their lot….and she said no.
We figured it would be a no, and that they likely bought it to avoid having neighbors – which was exactly the case! Normally I would have 100% preferred sending a letter – but lots in this neighborhood are going to rapidly right now we were worried that mailing a letter would take too long.
We still have an offer in on the last actual listed lot left, but are still waiting to hear back.
There are a few other lots that are owned and not on the market – we’re thinking about just drafing a letter and mailing it out. That way if the other lot falls through, maybe we’ll have a backup!
Post # 22
litttlemisslamb : It is! Every available lot in this neighborhood is buildable. There is only one lot currently for sale that we aren’t considering because it’s soooo low it could cost a ton of money in fill. Everything else is fine! Our county has an awesome GIS map and property info website – so we can see every piece of land in our county, the owners, how much they paid, etc.
MsCarabiner : Two of the lots that just sold, we actually considered offering the owners 10k more than they paid (they got an awesome deal)….but then we noticed they started clearing already so obviously they’re getting ready to build.
dublingirl : That’s such an awesome story!!!
RobbieAndJuliahaha : julies1949 : I can understand that. If we lived in a big city I might be that way too. We live in a super small town, where everyone practically knows everyone.
LilliV : Yeah we went into it not having our hopes up. The lot we really want, the owners list price is laughable. Even with the way things are selling – he still wants about 15k above what it will appraise for…and long gone are the days banks are willing to 100% finance a lot. That’s how he got into this problem to begin with. He paid $150,000 MORE than it’s currently worth over 10 years ago when things were booming. I feel his pain, but we can’t come off more money because he made a bad financial decision…no matter how much we love the land. 🙁
Post # 23
Whenever I think of people knocking on a door to see if the owners are willing to sell, I think of that Jennifer Lopez movie, Enough.
I saw a great YouTube video a few weeks back where a woman was sharing that she and her husband got their dream home exactly in the manner you are sharing. They were walking through their dream neighborhood and saw a home that they loved and they left a letter. Her husband was the one who did it and, like your husband, he said the worst that could happen would be that the people would say no. It wasn’t on the market at the time but when the owner did get ready to sell, she went with them because they would be a family who would love her home and live there for years- it had been her family home and she’d grown up there.
I’ve received a couple letters since moving into our place. I wouldn’t consider selling at this point unless someone was talking about enough money for us to move from here into our dream home with a couple more bedrooms and at least one more bathroom. But I don’t think it’s weird for people to ask for what they want. They’re more likely to get it!
Post # 24
- Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard
I’d say, “show me the money!!”
(but would be skeptical)
Post # 25
No. If you talk to them and explain your situation, I doubt they’ll think you are creepers. Be prepared for a no though. Unless you’re offering a lot of money to make it worth it to them, chances are if they wanted to sell it would be up for sale.
Post # 26
This has actually happened to DH’s grandfather a few times. He lives in an area that is exploding with developments at the moment – he’s one of only 3 or 4 original homes left on the (quite long) street. Apparently they’re all getting random realtors or developers knocking on the door every now and then, as they’re decent sized blocks of land and could have minimum 3 townhouses built on them (looking at what has been done with other blocks in the street). DH’s grandfather has no plans to take any of these offers up – he’s in his 90s and wants to stay where he is until he dies, at which time my Mother-In-Law will inherit the house (he wants her to sell it, as he knows she’ll get a lot for it).
If it happened to me, I wouldn’t think it was that odd but I definitely wouldn’t agree – Darling Husband and I have no plans to sell anytime in the near future, as we like our house and the area where we live.
Post # 27
I will tell you what my dad has always told me: Money talks, bullshit walks.
Post # 28
I WOULD think it’s strange, but I’d also consider selling lol!
Post # 29
I know two people who have bought their houses by putting flyers through the doors in the the area they wanted to buy. Saved a fortune in agency fees too!
Im all for it – present yourself sweetly at the door and briefly explain – I certainly would.
Post # 30
starfish0116 : Yes that explains the difference. I was born and raised in the city, smaller town atmosphere is definitely different- and TBH a little enviable 🙂