One day last week by husband brought me in an envelope from the mail. My name as it appears on the tax records (different last name) was on the envelope. The envelope was also greeting card size, hand written addresses, Fantastic Four stamp and an American Flag sticker on the envelope. Out of curiosity, I opened it to find two yellow note pad sheets folded in half.
The pages contained a hand written letter in very neat penmanship. The letter had my address on it and stated that they understood I owned the property based upon tax records available online. Hey the guy was writing to me because he and his wife wanted to buy a home in my area. It also said he wasn't in the habit of sending out letters to people. He said he was ready to make a fair offer for my property and to call an 800 number if I was interested in selling.
Does this letter sound familiar to anyone? Being a Realtor®, I just had to call that 800 number. Guess what, the phone was answered by the answering machine and it was a business. I was not surprised, but I had to wonder, if you start out the letter under false pretenses, would I ever deal with you?
Soon my door bell chimed and a neighbor came over with the letter. I explained it was a company looking to purchase homes. Don't know for sure, but probably one that buys homes at a substantial discount and then rents or resells them.
If you are thinking about selling your home, beware of these letters and companies. By all means, call and ask questions if you are interested. Beware though when they begin to ask what your home is worth, what you want for it and what you owe on it, they are more than likely looking for a bargain price to purchase it at.
Get their best offer and then give me a call, I will be glad to sit down and talk with you about what your house is worth. I can also provide a break down of the costs associated with selling your home. I provide this for free with no strings attached. You deserve the best when you sell your home and I work to help you get exactly that.