Are you thinking about selling your home in Ionview? Have you been thinking of selling it by yourself instead of hiring a real estate agent? There are several advantages of selling your home yourself, but there are disadvantages as well. To make it easier for you to make a decision find the most important pros and cons below.
The most important PRO for selling your home yourself in Ionview is MONEY. Selling your home without the help of an agent means more Money in your pocket! By selling it yourself you save the commissions and fees. – We are not talking about pennys, we are talking about THOUSANDS of dollars which you would have to pay an agent. Another advantage is that you are able to decide the times for open houses and showings. It is also completely up to you where and when you want to advertise. Unlike a real estate agent who is selling many houses, you can focus on YOUR house, because you are only selling your own house. It is obvious that you will have more interest in the sale than an agent.
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• You need to sell your house but you can't because you have let it run down over the years and it needs lots of Tender Loving Care.
• You can't fix it up because you don't have the cash.
• You are behind on the Mortgage Payments.
If this sounds like the house you have right now then read on. The solution to selling these difficult houses is surprisingly simple, and incredibly effective. The easiest way to explain a House Selling Strategy (or a House Buying Strategy for that matter) is through an example.
The Handyman Special
• The Situation - You are a seller with a house in a bad state of repair. It is currently worth $200 000. All the other houses in your area are worth $300 000.
• The neighbours are on your back to Renovate Your House because it is bringing down the value of their homes.
• You have had professional tradespeople in to give you quotes on the repairs. You cannot afford to pay the $30 000 for the repairs and you couldn't possibly find the time to DIY. You're too busy working to try and pay the mortgage payments for that!
Conclusion: How does this all end?
• The Bank sees a house worth $300 000 and a buyer who has a contract-for-sale for $240 000. They are delighted to lend 80% of the valuation to the buyer ($240 000). Happy Bank!
• The Seller gets $40 000 more than he/she ever believed possible and didn't have to spend a penny or lift a hammer to get it. Happy Seller!
• The Buyer gets a beautiful home decorated and renovated to THEIR Tastes and the only money spent is about $8000. NO DEPOSIT needed. The bank gave them ALL the money they needed to buy the house at the seller's price of $240 000. Wow - a beautiful $300 000 home for only $8000 cash. Happy Buyer!
So the "Handyman Special" Strategy for Selling a House has in this case resulted in Happy Seller, Happy Buyer, and Happy Banker. Now that is a WIN - WIN - WIN situation.
I'm sure you've seen these advertisements on bandit signs by the highway, or in the real estate section of the newspaper. Perhaps you've wondered if they are realistic - or are they just a scam?
Well, the truth is that the better ones are genuine. They are placed by private investors who have immediate access to funds and can afford to close on your property quickly. They will often cover the closing costs, and will certainly arrange all of the paperwork. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn't, but there is a snag - I bet you guessed that!
If someone is prepared to buy your house, for all cash, and close in 7 days, they are not going to pay retail market value. That's a fact - they can't afford to. These people are not philanthropists - they do this to make a profit (although the reputable ones also like to think they are helping people in distress). So, somewhere below the retail market value is what you can expect to see on their offer. How much below market value? It depends on the condition of the property, its location, and a number of other factors, but it could be around 70% of the retail price.
Of course, you can try to sell the property yourself, saving the cost of an agent, but market statistics show that over 80% of FSBOs (For Sale By Owner) end up using an agent anyway, and those that do sell the house themselves, achieve a lower price than the agent would have done. This is partly because the buyers know that the seller is saving agency commissions and discount that from the offer price.
When a private investor talks about buying your house in 7 days, this is just one of the ways in which they can do it. But as you can see, although at first glance the offer may not seem to be very generous, once you take into account the variables we have discussed, it can start to look like a good deal.