How to Approach Neighbors About Buying Their Land

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You have a decent home and some nice land. Your land has some decent trees and a small garden, but you need more room. Your neighbors have a great landscape. This would be the perfect addition to your property. If you are interested in buying your neighbor's property, this article will show you how to approach them.

  • Make sure your neighbors own the tract of land you wish to purchase. It might turn out that they are renting the land from someone who doesn't even live in the state. It could be that their parents or family own the land, and they just live there.

  • Find out how long your neighbors have lived on this piece of property, and ask why they bought the piece of land. It may be that they were interested in a short term investment purchase that they are about ready to sell. They could also be the hardcore homeowners who have lived in one house their entire lives and made it their castle. Get answers before making a fool of yourself.

  • Learn about your neighbors. Discover who they are as people, and open up to them about yourself. This will help you when you have the discussion about buying the land.

  • Find out if your neighbors have any thoughts of selling already in mind. If so, this will make the discussion much easier to have about buying the property from them. Also, it will mean there is more of a buyer's market for you, since they already have a goal of getting the property off their hands.

  • Drop hints about wanting to buy the property. Throw out feelers, and see their reaction. Start by saying that you need more land, and then add in how much you like their land. Casually mention, even in a joking way, that you might like to buy their piece of property. Find out their reaction. (If the reaction is negative, you might want to spend more time warming them up to the idea before officially asking to buy the property.)

  • Find out the value of the land. Get at least a ballpark figure. You want to know what offer to make them on the land.

  • Tell your neighbors you wish to purchase the land. Make an offer for the price, or let them come up with an amount. Explain why you wish to buy the property, and inform them about what it means to you.

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