You have found the ideal nearby neighborhood and for years have coveted a certain house on a quiet street. The fruit trees, creative landscaping and ballpark-size backyard all are terrific pieces of what you envision your all-star place to include. You often say aloud, "If these people ever sell this place, I'd be first in line." Then one day, panicked by the number of new people moving into the area, you decide to take the next step in possibly ensuring a leg-up of future competition. You comb the county records to ascertain the legal owner, then write a heartfelt letter to the owner, explaining how the home would be perfect for your family. And, if and when the owner ever considered selling the place, you'd appreciate the chance to have the first opportunity to purchase. Now, put yoursel...
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