Posted by Jim FL on August 16, 2003 at 14:58:49:
Well, based on your post, you know to approach this with caution.
Remember, money changes people.
I’m sure these are good folks, who simply had bad life circumstances handed to them unexpectedly.
However, after the problem is solved, and they are still living in the house, they might rethink their position.
Honestly, after getting burned ONCE, well, not burned, but a hassle to get people out after I bought, I set a new “company policy”, which is to only buy when sellers will leave.
I understand the slower market during fall and winter months, as I used to live in the northern part of the country myself.
Winter was slow for buyers.
But, the deals were better, because of that.
If you can factor in some holding time, you should be alright.
Just market the house aggressively, leaving your message that it is for rent, or for sale everywhere you go, and then some.
Buyers and renters are out there 12 months out of the year.
They just remain indoors when it is cold.
Perhaps use the neighbors to advertise the place.
A flyer that says, “Get paid to choose your neighbors”, and then talk about the house, the terms, and make it clear that you will pay some cash to anyone sending you a qualified buyer or renter.(which ever you are going for.)
Beleive me, if you market a house hard enough, and the numbers you are offering are decent, it will move.
Just takes more effort in the colder months up north is all.