How Can You Sell Your House in “As Is” Condition?
There are a large number of house buying companies all across the country that advertise as wanting buy houses in “as is” condition, in addition to being able to pay cash for them and close much faster than a conventional buyer. So why would you want to contact one of these companies in your area if you have a challenging house to sell? Also isn’t it true that those types of companies just want to try and rip you off? These are two very important questions that I’m sure you have asked yourself if you have a fixer type house to sell that may not be best suited for the retail market in its present condition. For the remainder of this article I am going to address these important questions and more in order to help you better understand why these “We Buy Houses” companies exist and how you may be able to utilize the services they provide in your area.
So how do you know which “We Buy Houses” company to call to get the best deal? This is a great question and one that I’m sure you have asked yourself at some point. Make sure to do some research on the company ahead of time to see if they have a website, vanity phone number and anything else that makes them look like they are running a real organized business. Also make sure to ask if you can see pictures of some of there previous renovation projects, that way you know you are dealing with an actual rehabber and not just a real estate wholesaler who will be looking to sell the property to a rehabber for a profit. For my house buying company we actually built an entire website around showcasing all of our renovation projects, and I always share it with every seller that we meet with so that they can check it out in order to see what we are capable of. If you are able to find a quality “We Buy Houses” company in your area I would absolutely suggest selling your fixer property to them if you feel that the price they offer you is fair based on the amount of repairs that are needed. Just remember that there will need to be a profit in the deal for whoever buys your property, otherwise it will just sit on the market until you lower the price to a point where it makes sense to take the risk of purchasing it. I hope you enjoyed this article and found the information useful when it comes to selling a house in need of renovation and repair.
Selling A House Out Of State
We buy houses. You have probably seen their signs or heard their advertisements on the radio. Even in a difficult real estate market, they are spreading their message. But, who are these people and how can they constantly be able to buy houses? Where do they get the money? What do they do with the houses? Let's take a look.
First, they are investors and investors want to make money. Since they have been around for awhile now, even in tough economic times, it is likely that their business model is working for them. They are making money.
When they approach a homeowner who is considering selling his or her house, there will be certain things that are in their presentation. Here is what you can expect:
- We will pay cash;
- We will settle quickly;
- There will be no fees or commissions to be paid to a real estate agent;
- They will likely ask you how much you owe on the house in mortgages and other liens;
- We will have no contingencies for any type of inspections;
- We will buy your house in its as is condition;
- You will not need to do any repairs;
- They will probably walk around and through the house performing an apparent evaluation of its condition;
- Although, they will buy the house as is, they will still point out the things that they see wrong with your house;
- They will make you an offer and they will have the paperwork ready to go.
So far it sounds like a very good path to take. It is a hassle free way to sell your house.
Indeed, in some cases, it is an expedient and beneficial way for a homeowner to sell his or her home. But this is not always the case. Let's take a closer look.
-When you go to the settlement table, you will receive cash, even if the buyer is getting a loan to purchase the house. The only way that you will not receive cash is if you finance the house yourself, which is rarely the case. When the buyer is getting a loan, they should show you a pre-approval letter and ultimately they should show you a loan commitment letter from their lender. When this happens, it is almost as good as the buyer having cash. When someone is paying with cash, you should follow similar steps to that of a purchaser using a loan. First they should provide evidence that they have the money and second they should ultimately be willing prior to settlement to place it in an escrow account, which will designate, that the purpose of the money is for the purchase of the home. It is likely that they will be unwilling to do this.
-They will not ask you to do any repairs, however your house might not need many or any repairs in the first place.
-Generally speaking, these individuals are not inspectors, although they will have a good idea about houses because they look at so many. They may seem to know about home construction, but they are just talking.
-No matter what the condition of the house, they will tell you that something needs to be replaced or is not up to code. For example, you may have a 2 year old roof with 30 year shingles, and they will tell you that the shingles are curling up, so they may need to replace it. It will not be true, but if you are not familiar with how to evaluate a roof, then you may believe them. Or you may have older windows, which work fine, but they will suggest that they will need to be replaced. Of course, all of these things will have a cost that they will factor into the price that they offer.
-When trying to justify a price, they will use the lack of a real estate commission, repairs, which probably do not need to be done, and comparable sales prices, which they will provide. Keep in mind that they do not represent you, but rather themselves so the comparable sales will be those that work in their favor.
For them it would be an every day occurrence to offer $150,000 for a house worth $300,000.
There are other elements to these types of deals and other factors to consider, but this is intended to make you aware that it is not always a good way to go.
Do not let someone else's path from rags to riches be your path from riches to rags.