You sure can speak with the owner and make an offer. If you work directly with the owner you might be able to get it for a lower price as the seller will not have to pay a commission to any realtors. That is if you are a savvy buyer. You want to know what the other units in your area are listed for and more important what they have sold for. Sometimes you will find that it is better to use a Realtor as it might save you money in the long run. There are a lot of issues that a first time buyer might not be aware of If you have any other questions or decide you want to work with a Realtor give me a call.
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If you would like more information about the condo, such as the original price paid, prices of similar properties, etc., let me know.
You do want to use an agent to negotiate for you and assist you through the process. In most transactions, the seller pays the commission, but that agent represents the seller.
Feel free to call or email if you have further questions.
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You bet you can. Even if it is not currently on the market you can make an offer to buy. I would highly recommend you use a Realtor for the transaction so you make an offer that is at market value and that you have a professional to negotiate on your behalf. Also there are many issues to consider when buying a condo that your Realtor will know to address and get answers for in the transaction process.
I see you are in Waikoloa. It is a good time to buy as the prices have been reduced drastically during this downturn and interest rates are sitll low.
If I can help you in any other way, let me know.