How to Find a Buyer for Your House

(February 27, 2017)

The process of finding a buyer for your house can seem overwhelming. You have a number of choices, and each has benefits and drawbacks.

Listing with an agent: this option is the most commonly used, but is still costly and time-consuming. On top of repairs and any painting, landscaping, cleaning, and staging that must be done, you will also beareasy_way_hard_way.jpgh up to 6% of the selling price in commission to the buying and selling agents, as well as possibly some of the closing costs if those are part of the purchase agreement.

FSBO (for sale by owner): with this option you’ll still have repair and preparation costs, in addition to marketing, listing with the MLS (this could cost upwards of a few hundred dollars), and carrying costs (mortgage payment, maintenance, etc.) while you wait for your home to sell. Because this option can take longer than selling with an agent, your carrying costs are likely to be higher.

Selling to an investor: this is without a doubt the simplest and fastest way to find someone who will buy your home. Not only does it allow you to skip the repairs, cleaning, and even removing the items you don’t wish to take with you, but you can often complete the deal in as little as one week.

Moving is stressful enough, you don’t need the added pressure of having to make extensive repairs and updates, deal with showings, and negotiate complicated terms. Selling to an investor is a great option for those who wish to make the sale of their home easy and fast.


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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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