Through the years, I have in rare instances sent a blind mailing on behalf of a client who had seemed to exhaust all other possibilities.
Typically, they were interested in either a very specific style of home, a very specific neigborhood — or both.
And were under a time deadline.
While such letters invariably do elicit some bites, the problem is motivation: if you ask someone who wasn’t contemplating selling or renting whether they’d consider selling or renting, they have a funny way of coming up with a price that’s WAY above market.
Or — after prolonged, time-consuming negotiations — back out.
The best way to be sure someone’s home is really on the market — either for sale or rental — is that . . . it’s already on the market (on MLS, Craig’s List, “For Sale” and/or “For Rent” signs in front, etc.).