Will you advise me on my potential opportunity?My wife, three children, two dogs and I are renting a house and the owner has informed us that he needs his house back, so we'll have to move in the next couple months. We've talked about buying a place, we make plenty of money combined, but we have both made some poor financial decisions in the past and our credit scores are 507 (her) and 541 (me) are currently our only road block to home-ownership. I was talking to an old-timer in the neighborhood (a longtime resident) and when I mentioned that I need a place to move my family he suggested we buy the house next door. It was owned buy an old couple, the husband had passed away and the wife became depressed and ended up being moved to a retirement home/assisted living facility a couple years ago and the house has been vacant ever since. Nobody has even been over to clean or maintain the place. It is being overlooked by a "property preservation company", but the place has obviously been abandoned and has a lot of potential for my family and I, it would be perfect. I want to contact the owner about letting us rent or even buy the place from her, but she is 91 years old and I'm not sure how "aware" she is. I tried to get a hold of her and someone at the assisted living place said they would have her call us back. How should I go about making a deal here? I did a little research and found that she does have a son that is 71 years old, should I try contacting him to serve as a mediator between the owner (his mother) and I? I'd like to make an arrangement with the owner and her family and leave any realtors (middlemen in general) out of the equation, if possible and keep it simple. I suspect that the house was pretty much left to rot and that there was no one in the family that was willing and/or interested in dealing with the house.May 02 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.