Good follow-up Heather. Of course, finding owners of record can be a challenge. If directory assistance can’t find the owner, a good skip chaser might be worth the trouble. Once found, use Heather’s letter, but mail it in a priority letter. Don’t forget to put a “Release of Information” letter and a self-addressed, stamped envelope inside. Make it easy on the seller… they generally aren’t in the mood to enterain anyone regarding a house that they bailed on. Hope this helps.
I am purchasing a particular property and the house next door seems to be abandoned. I went to the County Records office and got the name of the owner. I don’t know how I should word the letter to them though. Has anyone done this or can anyone provide a general guideline on what I should say or tell them?
I send these almost everyday. The letter that has worked the best says: I buy properties in your area. If you are interested in selling xxxxxx, please consider letting me make an offer. I can pay all cash, close quickly . Contact info. Etc.
I have tried other kinds of marketing letters, but they seem too form-like and the owners, when they call, even say things like: I recieved your “flyer” or “form letter.” So, I don’t use that kind of letter unless I’m doing a big mailing.
I also state in my letters that I will take the property totally as-is and with any outstanding liens. This, of course, is part of the negotiation process, but I find that some sellers really think that they can’t sell because they think they have to pay off the taxes first or pay for a termite report, etc.
Re: Letter to Abandoned Home Owner? - Posted by John B(Ok)
Posted by John B(Ok) on April 17, 2003 at 14:44:47:
I’ve had much better luck by showing up at their house in person. Folks who are ignoring houses tend to ignore voice messages post cards and letters regarding the houses too. Its harder to ignore me, a real person, who is genuinely concerned about helping them out of their predicament.
I bought the property next door to yours. I noticed that it seemed vacant and wondered if you were interested in selling by chance ? I am an investor and I buy houses. If you might be interested in selling please give me a call, I would gladly spend some time discussing your situation with you.
Thank you for your Time,
Actually I don’t know, havent done this… but I would assume that a little personal note would do as good if not better than a postcard or such. I am about to start sending out some letters myself and am going to try this approach or something simalar to fit the different situations.