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Most Common Questions When Selling A House to An Investor

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Nate Worcester
Nate Worcester
Nate Worcester is the Co-founder of SolidOffers & a Home Selling Specialist. He’s been in the real estate space since buying his first rental property in 2010. A firm believer in the power of investors to transform communities, to help troubled homeowners get out from under their property problems by working with local investors.
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If you are selling your house or another property, we have a question for you: Have you considered selling to a real estate investor?

No doubt, you have heard rumors about investors – the most common being they offer less money. We want to put your mind at ease by answering the most frequently asked questions about investors by sellers.

1. Why should I sell to an investor?

An investor is your best option if you want to sell fast and without making costly repairs. Most investors offer cash for a property “AS-IS.” They also let you pick the closing date, whether it’s in several months or a few days, giving you time to move out.

Investors do not require mortgage approval, an appraisal, or a house inspection. You avoid all the obstacles of a typical home sale. Owners who sell to an investor find themselves in one of the following situations:

  • Bad tenants
  • Bankruptcy
  • Code violations
  • Divorce
  • Downsizing
  • Financial hardship
  • Inherited property
  • Outdated (needs renovations)
  • Pre-foreclosure
  • Probate
  • Rundown (needs maintenance/repairs)
  • Tax defaults
  • Upgrading (make room for family)
  • Work relocation

2. I hear investors make low ball offers. Is this true?

It depends on a few things: (1) the condition of the property, (2) its real market value (sorry, but Zillow is often wrong), (3) when you need to sell, and (4) the type of investor.

There are two types of investors: house flippers and rental property owners. Flippers usually pay 70% of the property’s value AFTER repair value. Their offer estimates how much they can sell it for after flipping minus repairs. Flippers, then, are looking for distressed properties that need TLC.

Rental Property Investors, on the other hand, prefer properties that require minor or no repairs. They want a deal that gives them a monthly income of 1% of the purchase price. Their offer is based on how much they can rent it out for, minus repairs. If your property is in top shape and in a high-rent area, you may get its market value.

3. How does an investor make their offer?

We have simplified the process! You can click below to request your free offer today. All you have to do is provide some details about your property.

Our investors may also conduct their own research on the property, where it’s located, and compare it to similar properties for sale in the area.

4. Can I sell virtually?

Yes, if you prefer a virtual sale, many of our investors are capable of doing such. They may ask you to do a video tour or send pictures of the property so that they can assess its condition and value. All documents will be exchanged and signed electronically, and your cash offer wired to your preferred account.

5. What fees or commissions can I expect?

Zero! Unlike when you sell with a real estate agent, who expects you to pay a 3% to 6% commission, selling to an investor means avoiding fees and closing costs.

6. Do I need a real estate agent?

No, you do not need a real estate agent if you are selling to an investor. In fact, you are recommended not to so you avoid paying their commission fees. The investor can handle all the paperwork and necessary details of the transaction. All you have to concern yourself with is accepting their cash offer, picking a closing date, and signing the purchase agreement.

7. How soon do I get my cash?

You get your cash at closing.

8. Does the property need to be cleaned out?

No. Take what you want with you and leave the rest. Just tell the investor you are leaving belongings behind prior to closing.

I Have More Questions

You do? Wonderful! The more you know about investors and SolidOffers, the better you can make a decision about how to sell your house. Check our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

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