wanting to buy and frustrated
I recently sold my house after my children left the next so I could "downsize". I am looking to buy a condo in a specific development. The only one in the area that offers fenced space for my dog. I am prequalified, good credit, no debt and have a small savings for down payment.
I am not impressed with the few that are available currently. Only 4 sold last year and 6 so far this year. All of the units currently listed seem overpriced. If I look at the sale price per square foot, all 10 of the sold units are close in range, and the ones currently listed are a lot higher per square foot.
I have started doing some research and collecting addresses of units that were listed for sale over the last couple of years and have been taken off the market for whatever reason. Seems like several were listed in my price range and at the "common" sale price per square foot. I have been using Zillow and the city website for data. I also had some flagged as potential units to look at (while I waited for my house to sell).
Am I crazy to consider contacting some of these owners and asking if they are still interested in selling?
My sister thinks that if I do, many owners will want to raise the price since I am so willing to buy.
How would I approach this without people thinking I am a solicitor or willing to overpay for their property?