How to buy a house without revealing the buyer's name?

Question Details: We want to buy a neighbor's house that is going on the market with an agent in about a week. We don't want the sellers to know we are the buyers since we have traditionally not got along with them and we feel if they knew we were the buyers it would affect their willingness to sell. We can pay cash for the house by borrowing against different collateral, so there will not be a loan on the purchased house involved. We only plan to own the house for about 6 months so that we can removed some easements and add some other easements to the purchased property. Ideally, they buyer is not an LLC or a Trust since we worry that would invite the seller to inquire more about the buyer's identity. We thought about having a trusted friend be the buyer with a side agreement with the friend that they are required to sell it to us after closing. Is this the best idea? Can that side agreement with the friend be completely binding or do I need to worry about complications after friend purchases?

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