There's no "For Sale" sign on the front lawn and no listing online, so it's safe to say that the adorable home that caught your eye is not for sale. Still, you can't help but fantasize about owning it one day. It's not technically on the market, but that doesn't mean you can't at least try to buy it. The worst the owners can say is no, right?
You can offer to buy a house that's not for sale, but prepare yourself for rejection—or perhaps the owner asking for more than the estimated value of the home. But nothing's stopping you from trying.
"If the seller has not been thinking about selling, they may want more than the market will bear just because ... or they may not want to sell at all,” says Lana Lavenbarg, a Realtor® with Re/Max Ide