This morning, I found the following CNBC article about knocking on doors when looking for a house to buy.
In the article, a couple contacted a homeowner in the same way we contacted the previous owner of Brick House 319. The husband, a contractor, and his wife, tracked down the owner, and sent a letter.
In the article, a Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey broker and owner of Re/Max Trading Places, Christine Parente, suggests, “Mail them a little note” which is what John did when we tracked down, “Bill,” the owner of Brick House 319.
For those of you who have been following the blog from the beginning, John grew up in a house less that two miles from Brick House 319. The high school he attended, is right down the road from this house; it’s actually within walking distance. John didn’t write a note, he wrote a 2-page letter, and included stories about growing up here.
When “Bill” called John the first time, he said, “I like your penmanship.” Followed by, “Not many people handwrite letters anymore.”
The CNBC article was published in April 2013. The following paragraph (block quoted) is taken from the article:
Last year, 20 percent of those who sold their homes without using a real estate agent said they did so because a prospective buyer had contacted them, according to a National Association of Realtors survey of 8,500 people. That is up from 15 percent in 2010.
And here’s a SFGATE article (published in April, 2015) about investors and developers who have interest in buying hoarders’ homes.