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Buying a home that wasn’t for sale

Overture resonates with owners who weren’t trying to sell

TOPSFIELD — Like many empty nesters, Abby and Boyd Jackson had thought about downsizing, but they were not in a hurry to give up their home of 37 years.

The Jacksons were patiently waiting for a unit in a nearby retirement community to become available when they received an unusual letter in July. It was a mass mailing to homeowners in the neighborhood from a couple weary of searching for a home in a real estate market where prospective buyers outnumber sellers.

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