3 Places to Look for Motivated Sellers
By Hannah Graham on the Homes.com blog
Posted by: RET Staff
The colder months are here, and many would-be sellers are hunkering down to wait out the season. As homeowners settle in, most real estate agents will find it progressively harder to get enough listings to keep their businesses running smoothly. But don't worry. There are always motivated sellers who want to sell fast, even in the worst weather. You just need to know where to look.
Absent Owners and Abandoned Properties
One of the best ways to find abandoned properties and absent owners is by driving around. Look for homes that have overgrown lawns, stacks of take-out flyers, no cars in the driveway—anything that indicates the house may be empty.
Once you find one, ask the neighbors about the property, the owner, why it's empty, etc. You may be surprised by how much they know. After you've uncovered what you can, round out your knowledge with a quick search in Google or your public records/tax solution, or a trip to city hall.
Armed with this knowledge, you're ready to reach out to the property owner. Let them know that you're aware of any issues you uncovered about the house, then explain how they can save money in taxes, payments, and insurance by allowing you to sell it.