Buying when I'm not selling?
March 16, 2014 9:51 AM Subscribe
I recently purchased a house. The deed was recorded back then and the initial flurry of "you should buy our security system, new homeowner!" junk mail has stopped. After a few weeks of quiet in my mailbox, I'm now receiving individual letters asking to buy my house. None of them has quoted a price, nor do I really want to sell. I usually just e-mail the address on the letter saying "make me an offer and maybe." Should I do anything else?
My new-to-me-but-very-old house is in an "up and coming" area of Seattle and sits on one of the relatively few undivided, non-restricted, townhouse-zoned, but still small lots left in this neighborhood. The letters I am receiving have actual stamps, ink signatures, and are addressed to my legal name as found on the county property rolls. My e-mails are usually short, something like "I will look at any offer you care to send but I'm not motivated to sell at this time." There have been 3 (or 4, depending on how the flyer on my front door is to be deemed) letters.
I used a buyer's agent to buy this house but I don't want to bother him with each of these, nor have I contacted him to ask about a "fair" price. That step seems more prudent once or if someone sends back an offer, which hasn't happened. The letters aren't annoying; who knows, one of them might turn into something so I don't want to take action to stop them. Other than sending my polite and businesslike e-mail back, are there any other suggested courses of action for keeping my ear to the ground?
The above reads a bit awkwardly to me. What I want to accomplish is to stay in my cute house, sprucing up the yard and fixing the plumbing, while also leaving the door open for a "make me move"-style offer. Does that make sense?