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How Does We Buy Houses For Cash Work?

In our last post we covered a little about these “we buy houses companies”, but how do they operate? Home owners may be in a situation where they are wondering how the process works with these “we buy houses” companies. Perhaps you received something in the mail and they want to buy your house. Maybe you have received a phone call with a promising offer to buy your home. So what now?

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What Is The Process?

It’s usually pretty simple. You usually call them or fill out a questionnaire online and they will come out to your house that you want to sell and they will make you an offer. Word Of Caution – beware of anyone that makes you an offer for your property sight unseen. Think about it, would you buy anything, especially such a large purchase without even seeing what you are buying?

There are a couple of benefits to selling to these types of buyers –

  1. They make offers fast: many — particularly the larger companies, like We Buy Ugly Houses — will make an all-cash offer quickly, often in a matter of days
  2. They’ll buy your house “as is”: most will purchase your home regardless of its condition, size, location, or age

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For some people those two points are all that matters. However, these types of sales aren’t for everyone!

Why Sellers Are Enticed By These Companies

Usually the types of home owners that are wanting to use these types of companies are in a bind. They really need to sell. There is no way that one of these companies are going to pay top dollar for a property.

Here are the types of sellers that can be helped by these types of “we buy houses companies” –

  • Sellers whose homes are stagnant on the market
  • Couples who have filed a divorce and would be separating
  • Homeowners facing bankruptcy
  • Sellers with homes in probate or foreclosure
  • Homeowners who are relocating for jobs
  • Homeowners who are evicting tenants
  • Unoccupied homes

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Those are just a few of the reasons why someone might consider selling to this type of buyer. There are also inherited properties, properties that are in disrepair or fire and water damaged properties.

The Break Down

Here is a great explanation on how the entire process will play out –

Fill out the Appropriate Forms
As with most processes in life, your first step when selling a house for cash is to fill out the appropriate forms. The forms will ask you for information that is pertinent to the sale of the house, including the location of the property. You will also have to provide some personal information as well. You can fill this form out at the office of the company with which you are working. You can also save yourself a trip and visit the company’s website to fill out the form.

Schedule a Meeting With a Houses for Cash Company
A representative from the house buying company will contact you to schedule a meeting after the office receives your paperwork. This meeting will take place in your home so the representative can take a look at the property. This meeting and viewing will help the company determine an estimated value of the house.

The Offer
The company will then present you with a no-obligation offer for the house. The offer will be based on the overall condition of the house. Although “we buy houses for cash” companies are known for buying houses that are in poor condition, or that are damaged in some ways, the final monetary offer will be lower for houses that are not in reasonably good condition.

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It’s usually just that simple. The process may vary depending on the company you are contacting. They all have their little “quirks”.

The important thing to remember is that it is totally up to you if you decide to take their offer or not. We have heard of crazy low ball offers from some of these companies.

All in all, if you are thinking of using a company like this be sure and do your home work and ensure they are a legit company.

Recommended Reading:

Free Guide On Choosing The Right We Buy Houses Company
Reputable We Buy Houses Companies
There are plenty of good reasons to sell your home for cash

 

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Are We Buy Houses Companies Unethical?

Today we want to touch on a subject that is getting a lot of press today, the “we buy houses” companies. There are a lot of companies out there that buy houses, and in our experience some are good, and some are bad. But what we want to touch on in this article is what they do and the service that they provide, is it really ethical?

We Buy Houses Unethical?

In a previous article that we posted back in March “How To Avoid Getting Scammed When Selling To A We Buy Houses Company” we wrote a little bit about how to make sure you that if you are in a bad situation and need to sell a home quickly, that you find a reputable company.

So yes, we think there are companies out there that are legit when it comes to selling your home. There are home owners that are in a difficult situation and need to sell a home very quickly. For those people, these companies can be a true blessing.

One of the situations that we find they are most helpful is when someone is facing foreclosure, and the homeowner has equity in the home. If they were to let the bank foreclose on the property, the bank would then get all of that equity. However, if they are able to sell the property quickly to one of the we buy houses companies, often times they can walk away with some of that equity.

What To Look Out For When Choosing A We Buy Houses Company

What it comes down to is whether or not you are dealing with a legit company or not. Yes, there are companies out there that are just waiting to take advantage of some unsuspecting seller!

Here are a few scenarios that may present themselves from unscrupulous companies –

They ask for small upfront fees. Companies that purchase houses for cash don’t ask for any fees aside from the offer the give you.

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If someone asks you for an up front fee to buy your house, either hang up the phone or if they are already at your home, tell them to leave or you are calling the police! In no way shape or form should you make a payment to anyone to buy your home!

2. Asking for contingencies in the contract for inspections, financing, or investor approval. This indicates that the buyer likely can’t close on the property themselves. A true cash investor will sign a contract as-is with no contingencies.

3. They tell you that they will send some contractors, inspectors, or appraisers to check your house. These people could be the real buyers, and the agent you thought was the buyer is trying to sell your house wholesale so they can get a commission fee.

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This is a little iffy because sometimes if you property is really run down and not maintained, they may need to have some of their contractors come in. But for the most part, this is good advice. However some people are okay with someone wholesaling their property to another investor.

They told me on the phone it was an all cash offer

These guys will tell you whatever you want to hear in order to get a foot in the door. However, once they are in the door, they will undoubtedly try and persuade you to sell your house to them with owner-financing. They will try to have you deed the property to them while leaving the mortgage in your name.

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There are situations where we have seen that this is an acceptable offer. The two ways are for elderly people that don’t want to get all of that money at once and have to pay taxes on it and prefer small monthly payments. The other is when the seller has no equity in the house and can’t sell the traditional route with an agent.

Here is a video that also explains a little –

Conclusion

So in my humble opinion, are “we buy houses” companies unethical? Some are, some aren’t. Everyone’s situation is different, there aren’t any cookie cutter situations and companies that fit for every person. Just be sure and do your research them like we mention in our previous article to determine if you are dealing with a good company or not.

Learn More:

Save Your Self From We Buy House Scams

We Buy Houses Companies Reviews – How To Determine If “We Buy Houses” Companies Are Credible

We Buy Ugly Houses RipOff

We Buy Houses Reviews | Is This Firm Legit? Details on Companies That Buy Houses

I Need To Sell My House Fast, What Do I Do?

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Should You Sell Your Home As Is Or Fix It Up?

We are already into the 2nd quarter of 2018 and the housing market isn’t showing any signs of slowing down all across the county. It is a “Sellers” market right now. The question a lot of sellers are faced with is whether or not they should try and sell their house just the way it is, or should they fix it up.

Should You Sell “As Is” Or Make Repairs?

So here is the answer you are waiting on… Depends! There are a few things that you have to consider yourself. One is do you have the money to make the repairs? Another is will you recoup the money you spend on the repairs? Another is what kind of condition are the houses in your local market in? Lastly (and there are more, but we will stop here) is are you trying to get top dollar for your property?

Let’s tackle the last question first, are you trying to get top dollar. Here is some insight –

If sellers have the time, money and the inclination, they’ll come out way ahead by fixing any problems before listing their house for sale. If your house is in move-in condition it will appeal to a wider group of prospective home buyers. For example, first-time home buyers, and buyers with busy lifestyles, often won’t even consider buying a home that needs a lot of work. That’s because they don’t have the time or the experience to deal with the problems.

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So if you are trying to get top dollar, yes you have to make ALL repairs. With the way the market is in most of the country this will more than likely start a bidding war, which could in fact get you even more than your asking price!

Next you have to stop and find out if you will get your money back by making repairs or more importantly –  updates. Here is some great advice from The Balance:

Before deciding to make specific repairs before resale, take an afternoon off to tour other homes in the neighborhood of sale with your agent.

Note the condition and amenities in those homes. Compare these homes to yours. If, for example, most of the homes on the market have upgraded kitchens, you should concentrate on fixing the kitchen.

This doesn’t mean you need to buy designer appliances and tear out the cabinets. But a minor kitchen remodel might be a good investment. Sometimes, simply painting oak cabinets a darker color and installing updated hardware can give your kitchen an all-new look.

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The kitchens and bathrooms of the comparable homes are important aspects to consider, especially kitchens. You would be surprised how a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and new hardware can brighten the room. For the most part you should be able to have a minor kitchen remodel from $10,000 to $15,000. Bathrooms may be a little trickier, but you may be able to find a new vanity and paint the walls and get it done for under $1,000, depending on the vanity you choose.

Now what if you don’t have the money to make repairs? If your house is in need of a new roof, you may have a bit of a problem on your hands. Clearly in this situation you will not be able to get top dollar, and will more than likely have to get involved in some serious negotiations. Your pool of buyers will also greatly be affected.

But let’s say that your house just needs updating, like the kitchens and bathrooms and maybe some new carpet. Again, the amount of buyers lining up to buy your house will be shorter. But, there are people out there that will be willing to buy it, you may just have to wait a little longer for the right one to come along. Here is a little advice from Jack Guttentag

When it Pays to Sell As Is: I sold my house as is because I had already committed to a new one and wanted detachment from the old one as soon as possible. Furthermore, the buyer who fell in love with my old house had the financial capacity to pay for all needed improvements. She didn’t need the larger mortgage that would have been obtainable if I had made the improvements. In addition, one of the required improvements to my old house was to a deck, which could be done in a variety of ways based on individual taste, and it made no sense to do it according to my taste.

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In Jack’s case it worked out well for him selling his house as is. It’s probably worth noting that it doesn’t seem like his house was in need of major repairs, like a roof or had structural issues.

Lastly, we want to leave you with some great advice from Ilyce Glink about repairs that you should make no matter what when selling your house –

So there you have it. It really does depend on your situation. Depending on the amount of repairs that need to be made will determine how long you have to wait before you are able to put your house on the market. The good news is that once all of the repairs are made and your house is in tip top shape, you will probably have a buyer in no time, and maybe even a bidding war with people competing to buy your house!

Looking for more home selling tips? Check out some of my favorite sources –

Home Selling Tips
Styled, Staged & Sold
How To Sell Your Home Fast
Helpful Home Selling Tips

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How To Avoid Getting Scammed When Selling To A We Buy Houses Company

A lot of people need to sell their house fast. Many times they see the signs on the sides of the road that say “we buy houses”. The problem is there are may of these companies that are trying to scam you. So how do you know your are dealing with a real company and one that isn’t trying to take advantage of you? Keep reading to learn how.

Finding A Legitimate We Buy Houses Company

You may be tempted to call one of those signs on the side of the road. This may be a red flag right off the bat. In many cities these signs which are called “bandit signs” are illegal. So what does that say about the company itself. Also, this may also be someone that is fresh out of some guru’s seminar that is trying to get into real estate investing. Almost all of these guru’s tell people to start putting out these signs to start getting leads.

We found an interesting article on Blogger that has more to say on these bandit signs:

You have probably seen all of the signs on the side of the road “We Buy Houses”. But how do you know if that company is really legit? The first thing – is it a hand written sign? If so, if they don’t have the money to pay for a nice custom sign do they really have the money to buy your house??

Do An Internet Search

Can you easily find them on the web? After you call one of those we buy houses signs and get their information, do yourself a favor and Google them. Do they have a website? Can you find who the owners are of the company? If not, you may want to think twice about using them.

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They make a good point about the hand written signs as well as performing and internet search for the company. Searching them out on the web and finding reviews about the company is probably one of the best things you can do to find out if you are dealing with a legitimate company or not.

Knowing A Legitimate Company

So how do you know if you are actually dealing with a legitimate company and aren’t being scammed? Besides researching them on the internet, here are some additional good tips:

Check Out the Buyer

If you have any concerns about the buyer, don’t hesitate to check them out. Contact your state Attorney General’s office, your state’s Real Estate Commission, or your District Attorney’s Consumer Fraud Unit. If they are an established business, also check out the Better Business Bureau.

Always Understand What You’re Signing

Not asking questions because you are afraid of looking stupid could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars or more if you end up in a deal that wasn’t what you thought it was. A lawyer or even your mortgage company can help you if you want professional advice from a third party. Never, ever sign a contract that you don’t understand.

Get All Agreements in Writing

If a disagreement arises about a verbal agreement, the issue becomes your word against theirs and often must go to a court of law to be settled. Don’t risk that. Insist that all terms be in writing, and don’t agree to anything that isn’t.

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Knowing what you are signing as well as making sure that you have a written agreement is important. Under no circumstances should you ever just accept any verbal offers without something written down. Without a written contract your house really isn’t sold. You may want to have an attorney look over the document as well if you are in a state that does not require closing with an attorney.

Conclusion

If you have to sell your home now and don’t have time to wait for a buyer, there are legitimate we buy houses companies out there. Do your homework and research the company online, make sure you have a written contract and have your attorney review the document and you should be able to avoid being scammed.

Learn More & Recommended Reading:

Cover story: Quick cash for homes: Solution or scam?

How to Avoid a Real Estate Scam

Things to Watch When Selling a House for Cash

Are You Using The Power Of Social Media?

Now days people spend way more time on their computers and mobile phones than they do watching regular TV. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that if you have a real estate business that you should have a website to bring in new customers and clients. If you are buying or selling your primary residence, then your Realtor (if you are using one) is probably marketing on the web. But are you using what is probably becoming the most powerful form of advertising on the web now – SOCIAL MEDIA?!

There are so many platforms out there it can make your head spin. And it seems like there are new platforms coming out almost everyday! The thing about social media is that – it’s SOCIAL. People tend to share things with their friends and family, therefore giving you an advantage over your competition.

Let’s look at this from a couple of different perspectives. First, let’s look at it form the perspective of a person that is trying to sell their home on their own – or what is known as FSBO – For Sale By Owner.

Social Media can bring in way more potential buyers for you, especially facebook. Facebook is probably the best place for a homeowner to “list” their house that they are wanting to sell. One thing you can do is to go ahead and make a post that you are trying to sell your house. Then you can ask your friends to share that post with their friends. Before you know it, thousands of people will have seen your property that you are trying to sell. With facebook you can also create ads fairly inexpensively to get even more eyes on your house you are wanting to sell.

Now lets look at Social Media for Real Estate Professionals, whether you are an investor, realtor, hard money lender, etc.

There are lots of different social media platforms out there, but in my experience probably the best platforms for advertising are;

  1. FaceBook
  2. Twitter
  3. YouTube
  4. LinkedIn

Yes, there are other platforms out there, but these are what I have seen with the greatest ROI. Also, if you try and do to many different platforms more than likely it will be to much for you to handle and you won’t be able to post on each of them frequently enough.

With facebook you can do the same things that a home owner can do to attract more clients and customers. However you wouldn’t want to be making posts about your business on your personal profile, but create a Company Page on facebook.

Twitter is also another fantastic place to get results. Twitter is a platform where you can only post 140 characters, which doesn’t seem like a lot. If you spend a couple of minutes on what you want to say, you can get your message across with those few characters, and drive traffic to your website if you want.

YouTube – this platform is getting bigger all the time, and now it looks like facebook is trying to get in on how popular youtube is by having their own platform for videos. Youtube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world! It only comes in second to Google, and a few years ago Google purchased Youtube.

Youtube videos are a fantastic way to engage with your customers and clients. People are watching more and more videos every year. I have actually read where some experts predict that video will take over the web by the year 2020.

One thing that we have noticed is that sometimes our videos also appear in the search engines. This is great because not only is our company website on Page 1 of Google search, but also our video. By having Google analytic’s on our channel, we are able to see that there are more people watching our video first before going to our website.

Lastly, LinkedIn. A lot of people only look at LinkedIn as a place to post their resume. Boy are they dead wrong. I have made some fantastic connections or LinkedIn that have turned out to be very lucrative.

When you are first starting out, I recommend that you only start with 2 different platforms at first. The reason being that you don’t want to get overwhelmed and not post frequently enough. You need to engage with other people on a regular basis to get the most out of these profiles.

Another thing you need to do is that when you are creating your profiles you need to optimize them properly for your profession. What I mean by that is that you put in your description or about section a few keywords for your field of expertise. Don’t over do it though as it will look spammy and the search engines won’t like it. Use several different keywords and don’t repeat the same keywords over and over.

Social media is only going to get stronger and more important for the person performing a FSBO and for real estate businesses in general. If you aren’t using these platforms, you need to be. As I stated above, these 4 are just my favorites, there are many more out there. Go ahead and experiment and think outside of the box and try using some of the others. Just make sure to have some way to track your results so that you can make sure you are getting a good ROI on your efforts.

There are tons of blogs and articles out there to help you with your social media endeavors, and here are a few of my favorite places that I learn from that you can too. Even though most things you find concerning social media and internet marketing for the real estate profession will be geared towards realtors, you can also apply them to your real estate business.

An In-Depth Look At Real Estate Marketing Ideas for Social

Using Social Media For Real Estate Professionals

Social Media Tips For Real Estate Agents

 

 

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