Posted by Stacy (AZ) on February 01, 2001 at 12:40:22:
Becca, I think I understand what you’re trying to do. You knew about this property before the agent was ever involved, correct? The agent, or his sign, is not responsible for getting you interested in buying this property, correct?
If true in this case, I have to disagree with the others. I would look-up the owner’s current address in the tax records, and send him a letter or post-card. It would be the standard “I buy houses, noticed yours a few months ago, and if you’re interested, please call me”.
If he calls, ask him if it’s listed. If not, buy it from him. If it is, either make your offer through the Realtor (letting the seller know that’s what you’ll do), or tell him to give you a call after the listing expires. It’s up to you.
However, truthfully, if you weren’t going to make an offer on this house until you saw that it was listed, I think you should deal with the agent.