What would you do if someone knocked on your door and asked you to sell?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you do?
    No way, not a chance! I'd think they were creepers! : (17 votes)
    18 %
    I wouldn't think they were strange, but I probably wouldn't consider it. : (28 votes)
    29 %
    I wouldn't think they were strange, and I'd consider selling. : (42 votes)
    44 %
    Heck yeah! Where do I sign? : (8 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 16
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    2109 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    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
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    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    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
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    3731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    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
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    830 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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
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    2178 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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 # 23
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    6171 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    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
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    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

    I’d say, “show me the money!!”

    (but would be skeptical)

    Post # 25
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    473 posts
    Helper bee

     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
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    2658 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    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
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    9846 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I will tell you what my dad has always told me: Money talks, bullshit walks.

    Post # 28
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    587 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I WOULD think it’s strange, but I’d also consider selling lol!

    Post # 29
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    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
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    5916 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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 🙂

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