Do I Have to Use a Real Estate Agent to Sell My Whittier House?

(May 2, 2012)


FSBOYou do not have to use a real estate agent to sell a house.

Many homeowners believe that they have to sell a house using a real estate agent, but you can, in fact, sell your house yourself.


You have multiple choices as to how to sell your house yourself. You can go the FSBO route, For Sale By Owner, and list your house on the MLS, on multiple websites, and put a FOR SALE sign in your yard. By doing this, you will get a lot of phone calls and inquiries about your house. Unfortunately, many of the people asking are not the most qualified buyers.

Finding qualified buyers

Why is this? It seems, for some reason, when a seller does FSBO, the potential buyers think they can write their own rules. These buyers are often not pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage. They often haven't bought a house before and they are looking for a really great deal. Some of the potential buyers who contact you will be real estate investors. They are professional buyers and would be able to buy your house without any issues or problems.

Selling to a real estate investor

If that is the case, they will be buying your house in "AS-IS" condition, so there is no need to make repairs. They are guaranteed buyers who won't back out of escrow. There are no contingencies, no negotiations, and no hidden fees. They pay cash, so you don't have to worry about qualifying for a loan. Also, you can leave any old furniture, junk, or unwanted items after you move out. Note: some real estate investors do business like this, but many do not, so make sure you read the contract, ask lots of questions and listen to your gut.

We've worked very hard to make selling your house fast and easy.

We use a two-page purchase agreement and a streamlined escrow process that is as short as you want it to be. I also pay all of YOUR escrow fees so you don't have to.

So, how does selling to a real estate investor work?

After you contact an investor, like me, we will call you to set-up an appointment to see your house. Within 24 hours, you should receive a cash offer to you. If you accept the cash offer, escrow is opened. The escrow company sends your documents to you. You sign and return them. Then you wait for escrow to close. You will receive your check or wire at close of escrow. That's it, you are finished! 

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Topics: FSBO

Jennifer Shenbaum

Written by Jennifer Shenbaum

Jennifer Shenbaum is a real estate investor based in Southern California. She is a veteran of the housing market crash of 2007. Best of all, she offers free remodeling ideas to all who ask.

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