Zillow Advice: Buying Process - I would like to type a letter to neighbors in a specific area to possibly purchase their home. The a http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate AJ,I am a Realtor and have ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ AJ,<br/><br/>I am a Realtor and have sent many of these letters for myself as a marketing tool and for clients.&nbsp; I agree that there will probably be a better response rate if you send the letter yourself because sometimes a letter from an agent will appear to be "fishing" for a listing.<br/><br/>Think of what you would want to see if you received a letter from a potential buyer of your home.&nbsp; I think making it personal and adding some details about why you want or need to be in that subdivision would be extremely helpful and should increase response rates.<br/><br/>Best Wishes and please let me know if I can be of further assistance!<br/><br/>Chris Clark Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T16:29:00Z I find personalized letters ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ I find personalized letters from individuals with a specific offer amount is always more appealing than any "form letter".&nbsp; And if someone fastens a "flyer" that is generic and obviously attached to everyone's door?&nbsp; It goes in the recycle bin without being read.<br/><br/>It costs 45 cents now for a stamp to mail a letter.&nbsp; If the letter has a first class stamp, and is addressed to me, and has an offer amount, and is personalized and not generic, and it states "why" the party is specifically interested in my home, I'm more likely to respond with a "submit a formal written offer", than with any business that looks like it is fishing for commissions or flippers.<br/><br/>Obviously, you can't "love" each house more than all others in the neighborhood; but there are ways to express why you have a desire to purchase in the area, and why you are attracted to their specific home.<br/><br/>As already stated, what would you want in a letter you receive from someone making an out of the blue offer?&nbsp; What would assure you that they are not scammers?&nbsp; Possibly a return address that can be verified?<br/> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-13T00:10:00Z Sorry, I don't know the area.Be ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ Sorry, I don't know the area.<br/><br/>Be careful of rubber banding to flags of mail boxes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I prefer the personal touch of both talking with people plus mailing letters rather than flyers. <br/><br/>Practice your complimentary introductory statements for your walk:<br/>"nice dog, what breed is it?"<br/>" I keep noticing your flowers, they are spectacular and colorful every time I walk by".&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/>" where does this trail go?"&nbsp; <br/><br/>While I agree that some people are scared of scammers, when I get a "interested in neighborhood" flyer from an agent the dollar signs pop up before my eyes.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Consider this relationship building, not something that happens with one pass through the neighborhood.<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T19:00:00Z These days there are a lot ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ These days there are a lot of scams and people tryingto access your information, there for owners will be uneasy answering to a total extranger instead of a requset from a company. Even companies get ignored.<br/>You and the owner will be better serve and more secure with the help of an agent or a real estate attorney.&nbsp; Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T18:26:00Z Dear Wetdawgs,Do you know ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ Dear Wetdawgs,<br/><br/>Do you know of anyone in the Fisher Farms&nbsp;Subdivision (Geneva, IL) looking to sell?<br/><br/>Basically what I had thought was conducting a letter and rolling them up with a rubberband and having my 2 children and 2 nephews put them on the door or the flag of the mailbox. I know I am not allowed to place them in the mailbox. This way people don't feel threatened or put on the spot if we directly speak to them. I just thought this might be more respectful of their privacy. <br/><br/> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T17:31:00Z If you are interested in ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ If you are interested in a certain subdivision, have you considered wandering the subdivision on foot during pleasant weather time when people are out and about puttering in their yards, walking the dog etc?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you bumped into me, I could tell you three owners who are considering putting their home on the market in the 6 months to year.<br/><br/> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T17:09:00Z We are working with a realtor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ We are working with a realtor already but we need to see fresh inventory that is not listed yet. We have to stay in this particular subdivision which also makes things more complicated. I know if I went through the realtor to send this letter that most people will throw away the letter instead of giving it a chance. But I need suggestions in wording and how to approach these individuals. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T15:26:00Z It is certainly possible ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ It is certainly possible to do this as an individual.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If I were considering selling and hadn't yet put my house on the market,&nbsp; and received a letter of interest from an individual I may contact the individual.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>I toss those from agents without opening them. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T15:21:00Z You might have better luck ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ You might have better luck working with a realtor and let them do that for you, you might get more positive results. Best Wishes. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-like-to-type-a-letter-to-neighbors-in-a-specific-area-to-possibly-purchase-their-home-The-a/446540/ 2012-06-12T15:16:00Z