Posted by BillW. on March 15, 2001 at 22:21:41:
Go to house. Knock on door. When owner answers, introduce yourself, and say something like “I noticed your house and was wondering if you might be interested in selling.” Use the soft approach. Don’t say “I’m an investor and I was hoping to buy your house” or anything like that. Just be nice and see if the seller would even consider it. If not, leave your card and tell them to call if they ever change their mind.
To get value, check compareable properties, if there are any. Don’t forget the location and view.
To check out the zoning, go to the local planning and zoning department of the local county and ask.