Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions
Maybe you have a few questions. That’s okay; most people do. So here’s a quick collection of some of the questions people ask us… along with our answers. If you still have a question, don’t hesitate to contact us (or give us a call) and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.
Q: Will you be listing my house on the MLS or actually buying it?
A: Great question. While we are Real Estate Brokers and we can and do list houses for sellers, we are local professional home buyers: We buy houses in the Sacramento area that meet our purchasing criteria. From there we may repair the house and resell it to another home owner or keep it as a rental ourselves.
Q: Do you pay fair prices for properties?
A: Many of the houses we purchase are below market value (we do this so we can resell it at a profit to another home owner). We are looking to get a fair discount on a property. However, in our experience, many sellers aren’t necessarily expecting a large “windfall” on the property but rather appreciate that we can offer cash, we close very quickly (no waiting for financing), and no time or effort or expense is required on your part of fix up the property or pay agent fees. If that’s what you’re looking for and you see the value in getting your house sold fast… let’s see if we can come to a fair win-win price. (Besides, our no-obligation pricing commitment means that you do not have to move forward with the offer we give… but it’s good to know what we’re offering!)
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Q: How do you determine the price to offer on my house?
A: Great question, and we’re an open book: Our process is very straightforward. We look at:
The Location of your home
The Condition of your home
Repair Cost and the extent of the repairs
We consider your homes current Market Value
We will use the same methods realtors and appraisers use. We consider the cost of comparable homes that have sold in your area recently, we estimate the rehab cost to repair the home and make it ready for sale. Most often we will make an offer to you within 48 hours from the time we get your basic data.
Q: Are there any fees or commissions to work with you?
A: NO! This is what makes us stand out from the traditional method of selling your house: There are NO fees or commissions when you sell your house us. We’ll make you an offer, and if it’s a fit then we’ll buy your house (and we’ll often pay for the closing costs too!). No hassle. No fees. We make our money after we pay for repairs on the house (if any) and sell it for a profit (we’re taking all of the risk here on whether we can sell it for a profit or not, once we buy the house from you… the responsibility is ours and you walk away without the burden of the property and it’s payments… and oftentimes with cash in your hand).
Q: How are you different from a real estate agent?
A: Real estate agents list properties and hope that someone will buy them. The agent shows the properties to prospective buyers if there are any (the average time to sell a property in many markets right now is 6-12 months) and then take a percentage of the sale price if they find a buyer. Oftentimes, the agent’s commission is 3-6% of the sale price of your house (so if it’s a $100,000 house, you’ll pay between $3,000 – $6,000 in commissions to an agent). Agents provide a great service for those that can wait 6-12 months to sell and who don’t mind giving up some of that sale price to pay for the commissions. But that’s where we’re different: When we make an offer to buy your home for cash, we’re not acting as agents, just buyers. Our company actually buy the house. Since we’re actually the one buying the house from you, and we pay with all cash… we can make a decision to buy your house within a couple days (sometimes the same day). Again, we make our living by taking the risk to buy the house with our own cash, repair the house, and market it ourselves to find a buyer (which is the hard part in this market).
Q: Is there any obligation when I submit my info?
A: There is absolutely zero obligation for you. Once you tell us a bit about your property, we’ll take a look at things, maybe set up a call with you to find out a bit more, and make you an all-cash offer that’s fair for you and fair for us. From there, it’s 100% your decision on whether or not you’d like to sell your house to us… and we won’t hassle you, won’t harass you… it’s 100% your decision and we’ll let you decide what’s right for you.
Q: How long does it take you to make me an offer?
A: 48 hours. We will evaluate the information we receive from you about your home and work to get you an offer.
Q: Does my home need to be in good condition? What if it has Code Violations?
A: No, your home can be in really bad shape. We have purchased many homes that we worked with the city to clear the Code Violations AFTER we bought the home.
Q: I’m a landlord, can I still sell my home to you? What if it has tenants?
A: We can still make you a cash offer to buy your home, and we will work with your existing tenants to either stay in the home, or re-locate them to another home.
Q: Who are our clients?
A: We have purchased properties from many different kinds of sellers. Some of their concerns have been:
Tired of being a landlord
Taxes or Judgments
Code Violations or Fines from a Jurisdiction
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