We are thinking about buying a piece of property that joins our property on one side. We live in the country. This lot is empty right now. The reason we want the property is to have more room to build a garage on, and for a larger garden. So we are not concerned about water, sewer, etc. The owner has attempted to sell the property in the past but no one wanted the property because they wanted it for building a home on and it's only about 1/2 acre, mostly hillside. We are thinking that he is probely tired by now of paying taxes every year on something he probely won't be able to sell. But it is perfect for what we want it for. Now my question: How would you approach the owner and convince him that he should sell it and sell it cheap? When we bought our place, the house was already on it and I know it is different when it is just land and no dwellings involved, so what costs are involved when just purchasing land and who buyer/seller pays for what? Any information you might offer would really be appreciated. We would like to have some ideas before we approach him with an offer and hopefully the transaction will go smoothly.