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When I searched last year I looked at one FSBO in a neighborhood I liked. Turned out there were features I didn't like for the price they were asking, so I didn't seriously pursue it.

I notice that the house is still for sale a year later. My explanation? The owners are a retired couple who moved to Florida. The person who showed me the house was a daughter-in-law. The retired couple were in no hurry to sell, and thus the house was overpriced. The daughter-in-law didn't know details about the house or the couple's intentions, either.

So, the nice house with no backyard has lingered on the market while the retired couple put off making a real decision to get rid of the house.

So if I were you, I'd try to do some subtle questioning to see what the real situation is behind the decision to sell. Are they serious? Are they being forced to sell? What is the timeline? Are you talking to the owner? Etc. This may or may not be easy to do, but general chit-chat can be quite informative.

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