I wrote about a million years ago (back when I had no blog readers!) about how my husband and I were trying to decide if we should remodel or house or move. We have started the remodeling process--the architect has been working on drawings, etc. but we also found a (very expensive) house on the market that we like.
Months ago, we made a "lowball" offer on the house (to say lowball is laughable because it's still a ton of money) but the owner countered with a very high number and the negotioations didn't really go anywhere.
Over the past few months we have come up a little with our offer and he has come down a little in his asking price--but we still haven't been able to settle on anything.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to stop by during an open house and talk to the realtor. I mentioned to her that I was considering writing a letter to the owner--kind of introducing ourselves and explaining why our offer was lower than his asking price (it needs work). I was afraid we were coming of as these faceless jerks and I wanted to look more "human" to him.
The realtor thought it was a good idea--so I wrote a nice letter--even including a pic of the kids! Plus, we upped our price somewhat.
Yesterday the owner of the house called me! He said he loved the letter and picture and he understood where we were coming from about the renovations that needed to be done. One of the things I had emphasized in the letter was that we respect and appreciate the architect (it's an historic house) and that we would always remain true to the original design--he seemed to respond well to that.
Anyway, he said he wanted to get together and meet with us! I think he's considering taking our price and wants to see if we're a nice family that will love and appreciate his house. So tomorrow is the big meeting--please wish us luck! We would love to have this house and I would much rather move and slowly do the renovations that house needs, rather than do the ginormous project we would have to do with our current house.
By the way, the owner of the house sounded exactly like Thurston Howell from Gilligan's Island! I can't wait to see what he looks like in person--but I'm totally expecting to see Mr. Howell!
I'll keep you updated!