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    Also an invester might be feeling the pinch with the current financial situation, so selling might seem attractive to them.

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    OP, if you feel awkward about asking, just get your real estate agent to do it for you! Good luck.

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    You have nothing to lose but I guarantee if they want to sell they will want heaps more then what they paid because they know your very interested. Chances are it won't be worth the price they want. But that may not be the case so I'd ask.

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    Default Asking to buy a house not for sale

    We would go in an offer our best price that we could afford and it will be $30k more than what they paid. The owners really got a bargain as the location is really good. They probably know that. But will go in with our best offer with our house under contract so we are serious buyers and will see. If not oh well just find something else

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    $30k more than they paid would not be a profit for them though, when you take into account fees etc to buy and sell.

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    Default Asking to buy a house not for sale

    It doesn't cost much to sell a house

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    Default Asking to buy a house not for sale

    No it doesn't but when they bought they would have paid stamp duty on top of the purchase price so the 30k isn't necessarily clear 'profit'.

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    Default Asking to buy a house not for sale

    Quote Originally Posted by Chew the Mintie View Post
    It doesn't cost much to sell a house
    No, but there would have been fees to buy this house plus move in, then they will have to move (buy or rent) again - $30k will not cover all of those associated fees, plus if you buy a house you usually want to make a good profit, so if it really is as good as OP says, they would probably be looking to make some good money on it.
    Just my thoughts.

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    I would consider offering a little less - say 20k-25k above their purchase price, that gives you 10k-5k wiggle room if they want to negotiate.

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    Default Asking to buy a house not for sale

    The current owners never moved into the house. The house sold and went straight on the rental market. So I'm not sure what the situation is.
    The house sold for $450k and we can go up to $500k


 

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