(Appeared to be) an abandoned house - Posted by Vlad

Posted by DJR-NV on October 18, 2001 at 20:39:24:

I wouldn’t trust my offer to a letter or post card. My experience with people in this type of situation is that they are not johnny-on-the-spot about checking their mail.

You might want to consider knocking on the door and telling the guy that you are interested in buying property in the neighborhood and is he interested, or does he know if any of his neighbors are interested in selling their place? Non threatening and accomplishes what you want.

Good luck


(Appeared to be) an abandoned house - Posted by Vlad

Posted by Vlad on October 16, 2001 at 22:36:56:

I need an advise as to how I should proceed with this. Here’s the story:
A friend of mine showed me the house, which looked to be abandoned. A few times I went over there, during the day, and there were no changes: everything is overgrown, fence is broken, two old cars, which appeared to be untouched for quite a long while, door bell is silent, even the trash bins looked at the same places, laying on a ground and always empty.
So I come over one evening to talk to the neighbors and… there is light in the house!! I was quite shocked. (I probably should’ve checked if the power was shut off beforehand, but it never occurred to me that somebody might actually live there.) I took a distant peek in the window and there was a man inside, and TV was on :slight_smile:
I asked a neighbor, but she didn’t seem to be willing to talk (said she was in a hurry) only mentioned that the owner is such (I already knew that from the City Hall) and that the house is deserted. The other neighbor was more talkative and said that the owner himself lives there (and sometimes his son visits him) and that he is divorced (I forgot to ask how long ago it happened.) To my question why the house is in such a condition, he said “They just don’t care!” Before leaving I asked maybe he knows if the guy wants to sell it, he replied that he told the owner if he decides to sell it, come to him :slight_smile:
I found out at the City Hall that neither taxes nor water bills have been paid for three quarters now. When I tried to get the phone number, 411 did not have it and the people search on the internet did not return anything (usually they have relatively old numbers though.) I did find in one place (knowx.com) that supposedly they have info on him, but did not show which one, so I decided to wait before paying for it.
I was reluctant to talk to the owner himself, because frankly I was’t prepared to find what I did, and I didn’t know what I would say to him. I thought maybe I should try to gather more info. What should I do? Should I try to find out if there is a mortgage on the house and if so, what the situation with it? How would I find this? Anything else I should do? Any advise is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,

Re: (Appeared to be) an abandoned house - Posted by name

Posted by name on June 30, 2004 at 01:25:43:


I agree with Terry! - Posted by Carey_PA

Posted by Carey_PA on October 17, 2001 at 10:15:49:

Send the guy a letter or a postcard…if he’s motivated and wants to sell, he’ll call you! If he doesn’t call you, move on!


Re: (Appeared to be) an abandoned house - Posted by Terry (Houston)

Posted by Terry (Houston) on October 17, 2001 at 06:40:39:

Well, I don’t think you have to steal a house but at the same time:

You have done all this work on the house so why would you move onto another WITHOUT MAKING AN OFFER???

Send a postcard, a letter, hang a flyer make a phone call but do something.

You have done all this work and now there is an owner? Man, if you took the advice of some, and if you actually had to talk to an owner means go on to another house, you would never do a deal.

You know the numbers that work, if he likes you offer great if not, So What. Next. But at least you are not sitting around and wondering.

Heck, the neighbor may now be thinking HE is going to make an offer and it may get accepted.

You have done the hard work, don’t let something die without Making An Offer. He may be sitting there wishing someone would, and he is not going to sell to his nosey neighbor, and man he hates everyone around him cause they gave him grief all these years and he just wants out. You may be the answer to his dreams.

As Joe Kaiser says Get On the same page as the owner, but ya gotta get an offer or something to him.

Do a search on Joe Kaiser and look for his abandoned properties letter. It is a great one to help you out if you won’t knock on the door.

Best of luck


I agree with JD - Posted by GlenSoCal

Posted by GlenSoCal on October 17, 2001 at 24:21:20:


You don’t need any one house, or to ‘steal’ one as another has posted?

You’ll find a lot of homes where the owner is hanging on to what’s left.

Leave your number, maybe a card or flyer describing your solution to the owner’s problem. Check back occasionally.

To your success,


Re: (Appeared to be) an abandoned house - Posted by Bob S.

Posted by Bob S. on October 16, 2001 at 23:38:27:

Go to the county recorder’s office, they will tell you all you need to know.
Send the guy a letter.
Most likely, he’ll say he needs a place to live.
But, don’t expect him to live there too much longer.

Did they shut the water off from lack of payment?
Or is it still on?


Re: (Appeared to be) an abandoned house - Posted by JD

Posted by JD on October 16, 2001 at 23:35:33:

The guy is a hermit and a slob. So what? Why does that mean he would be willing to sell you his home? (at a big discount no less). I dont understand your interest in this property. If you must persist, then knock on the door.