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I ran across a blog recently talking about a letter that was received by a 70 yr old woman stating that a transfered executive was interested in buying her house. I received a similar letter within the last year.
Simply put, these letters are a marketing tactic used to try and negotiate a 1-on-1 sale of your home. "Flippers" with funding will use these letters to try and find people that are in a financial bind and hopefully purchase their home without any competition. If you search the web a little further, you can even get training to buy homes in this fashion from Marco Kozlowski. While I don't believe they are doing anything illegal, it is my opinion that what they are doing is immoral.
The best way to get the most for your house is to expose the property to as many possible buyers as you can, normally the larger the market (or the higher the demand), the more the property is worth. I have investment property and have flipped homes in the past, but this letter tactic is misleading and untruthful (a scam) and has serious potential to hurt individuals that sell their home in this fashion. Before you consider this option, call in a professional Realtor to provide you with a CMA (Competitive Market Analysis).
A CMA is very similar to an appraisal, but has a different primary focus and only uses one approach. Appraisals will normally use at least 3 different approaches to establish property value:
The Cost Approach- What would it cost to build the property?
The Income Approach- Would the property be profitable as an income source?
The Sales Comparison Approach- Looks at the most comparable sold properties.
A CMA revolves around the Sales Comparison Approach, which is the most accurate in establishing a property's value. The nice thing about a CMA vs. an appraisal? Most real estate agents will preform a CMA at no charge!!! Now, I'm not telling you to go out and waste a bunch of Realtors' time, but this is a great way to figure out what the value of your home in the current market is. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to have a CMA performed on your house by a professional.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.