Here's what the letter says:
Hey there! We'd love to buy your house.
If you are at all thinking of selling your house anytime soon
then please give us a call at (214) xxx-xxxx. We pay cash
and can close whenever you want! Also, we buy houses
as is, so you don't need to do a thing. Please give us a call
so we can talk about it.
Jxxxx and Lxx
We get at least one or two cards or letters similar to this one once or twice a week.
In this case, Jxxxx and Lxx are both Texas licensed attorneys, Texas licensed real estate brokers, Realtors and members of MLS. None of this is revealed on the postcard. They appear to be regular Joes looking to buy houses.
Other unsolicited similar communications from flippers play up that the Seller will
not need the services of a Realtor, so the seller will save a real estate commission
by dealing direct with the Buyer.
I've not been able to locate any required Texas promulgated form that the Buyer
would have to present and have signed by the prospective Seller before the
Buyer's presentation begins.
There should be one that as a minimum, noticing the Seller that he should seek the
counsel of a third-party licensed real estate agent or attorney before agreeing
to any transaction with the Buyer.
And more than once, I've opined that commercial home purchasers should be
required to be licensed and required to follow certain restrictions on their
In the main, the positive responses to these solicitations come from the elderly
whose homes are paid for, and who no longer can take care of their homes.
The services of educated, professional, experienced real estate licensed brokers and
agents are not chopped liver.
BILL CHERRY, REALTOR