This goes along with the "noisey neighbor" thread from a couple of days ago. I want to buy my neighbor's small house and two acres and have it as rental property (or for my mother if she ever decides she needs to move close to me). I have asked him many times to buy his place, but I think he wants it for investment income. So, here's my question: if I offered him a cash sum (not for the total amount), what might work? I'd still be giving him a monthly payment....plus cash. Does this make sense?