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phrase your question well

Posted by 718 on December 19, 2001 at 10:31:28:

In Reply to: buyout timing? posted by george friedman on December 04, 2001 at 10:22:23:

You can call your landlord up and just be vague. Tell him you have been thinking about his offer and you realized that you are at least curious about what he was thinking. I would figure out before you get on the phone what it is worth to you to move, but assume neither of you is going to commit to anything in that first call. My landlord definitely lowballed me, but then the next day he called again to raise his offer. Just be vague and when he says $100, you can say, "oh, that answers my question. I think you can make back $X in two years by renovating this apartment, and I would be a fool to move for less. I guess it isn't really an option. Sorry to take up your time."

Then let him stew on it. I almost guarantee he will call back with a more reasonable offer, though it might not be what you are looking for.

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