How much does it cost to sell a house fast in Virginia ? Well that’s what we’re talking about today and we are starting right now. If you’re looking to buy, fix and flip a home or really need cash for home in Virginia, then this is the post for you.
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So how much does it cost to sell a house fast in Virginia?
Assuming that you are going to hire areal estate agent these are the typical expenses that you’re going to incur in Virginia.
#1: you’re going to pay the commission to the real estate agents involved in the transaction.
You hire an agent and you agree to pay them X percentage of the sales price of the house.
The real estate market is soft. It is truly a buyers market. In addition, the ability for a buyer to secure a new mortgage has reached unprecedented levels craziness. To get a new mortgage these days, a potential buyer has got to have almost pristine credit along with backup savings and a long, stable work history.
I am in the business of buying investment homes and then selling them for a profit. In the following paragraphs, I am going to describe how you can sell your house quickly. You will not have to pay realtor commissions. You will not have wait 45 to 60 days while your buyer gets a blessing from his mortgage company. You will not have to put up with all the back and forth price dickering. You will truly have the upper hand here.
The very first you need to do involves some work. Your house needs to be marketable. Now, I am not going to go into all the specifics of updating your house here. You will find that in some of my other articles. Suffice to say, drive up appeal needs to be good, the inside of the house will need to be updated, uncluttered and clean.
Now that your house is ready, take pictures of the outside front, living areas, kitchen and baths. Take some time and search your area online for three good web sites to place an ad. Craigslist might be one of them. Your ad headline will read something like this: Rent To Own Home. Easy Qualify.
I know what you are thinking, I do not want to be a landlord. I know, I get it. But read on, it gets better.
The type of buyers we are going to attract are people who may be self employed. They make a good living and have cash but do not necessarily show a great deal of income, because of expense allowances, on their 1040 tax form at the end of the year. Your buyer may also be coming off a divorce that forced them to into a bad situation. There are other scenarios, but basically you have good people.
Your offer to a potential rent to own buyer is this: You will lease the house to them for a specified period of time. Typically, one year is good. The amount of rent paid should be more than the amount you need to pay each month on your mortgage. That includes taxes, insurance, p.m.i. or other monthly expense you incur on the house. Positive cash flow is essential. You should expect to make at least $100.00 to $300.00 per month in positive cash flow.
The damage deposit you will require will be high. Typically a deposit is one month rent. In your case, because you are offering to sell the house on an option, the damage deposit will also function as the option deposit. The amount can be anywhere from $2500.00 to $30,000.00 or greater. I like to see a minimum of 5% of the purchase price paid upfront.
The wording of the lease must also include a statement that the renters, because they are buyers to be, will be responsible for all upkeep, maintenance and repairs. In other words, they do not call you when the water heater goes out or the toilet backs up. They agree to take on all those responsibilities.
You will then write up a separate option agreement. The option period should coincide with the term of the lease. the option allows the renters to buy your house in a specified period of time at a set price within that period of time. The option agreement should state that the damage deposit from the lease agreement is to be applied to the purchase price of the house. The agreement should read that the option deposit is nonrefundable.
If your would be buyers turn out to be not so good or walk away from the lease, remember that you have a very sizable damage deposit with which to get the house ready for a new buyer and pay for your mortgage during the down time.
This is a great deal for the buyer who cannot quite qualify for a mortgage. They get to move into a great home right away with very little resistance. Meanwhile, the option allows them time to fix their credit report and lower their debt to earning ratio or whatever else they need to do to qualify for a bank mortgage.
But most of all, this is a great deal for you! You set the price. You get a substantial amount of money upfront. The renters pay your mortgage for you. You make an additional monthly income on the positive cash flow from the rent. You do not make repairs or become a landlord. When it comes time to sell, there are no realtor commissions to pay, among a host of other normal costs like a homeowner warranty.
When the day arrives that your renters call you and say they are qualified and ready to buy the house, you will meet with them and write up a purchase agreement. The purchase agreement will state the price they will pay for the house, which side will pay for each type of closing costs and the date that the closing will take place. Everyone involved will need to sign and date. If a person is married, most states require the spouse to sign as well. Take the purchase agreement to a title company and inform the new mortgage company where the closing will take place.
Also, remember that the income you receive from your renter pays for your mortgage liability and then some. Therefore, there should be no problem being able to secure a new mortgage for you when you move into your new house because the house generates income over and above the liability.
When the buyer comes along if they are represented by a different agent your agent pays that person.
Now I’ve done a whole other video about where the commission goes.
If you’re interested click that but just know that we do not keep the whole thing ourselves.
We are splitting it with the other agent, we are splitting it with our brokerage, we are paying all of the marketing expenses, so don’t go thinking that we’re all millionaires because that’s not really how it works.
#2: you will have to pay the property taxes for the time that you lived in the house.
After the property changes hands the buyer will pay that.
If you’ve already paid your property taxes for the whole year then from the date of your closing to the end of the fiscal year you’re going to actually get are bate because you’ve already paid those property taxes and the buyers should be paying them.
So you’ll get money back.
In the Georgia market it’s very common that buyers ask you to pay their closing costs or at least a portion of it.
We have a lot of first-time buyers and nobody puts 20% down any more.
I mean people don’t have $100,000 just sitting in the bank waiting to buy a house as a general rule, so they may ask you, “Hey can you chip in $3,000 towards my closing costs?” They will probably also ask you for either a home warranty, a termite bond, or both.
As you know living in Georgia there are two types of houses -those that have termites and those that don’t have termites yet.
So we typically like to have some sort of pest control plan on our homes so that that doesn’t happen.
When the buyer comes along they’ll say, “Hey, I want you to transfer that termite bond to me so that I can live in a house for the first year and not worry that the house has termites or is going to have termites very soon.
“Now let’s say the buyer moves in and the first Thanksgiving that they have all their family come to visit the stove breaks.
Yes, this actually happened to one of my clients.
The home warranty company comes and if they can’t repair the stove they buy them a new stove.
So it’s a great thing for the buyer to make sure that they’re not going to have any unforeseen major expenses the first year that they live in the house.
A home warranty is typically somewhere around$500.
Now if you decide to sell your house for sale by owner you will not be paying the real estate agents commission.
Instead you’re going to be paying for all of the marketing of your home.
Just a for sale by owner sign in your front yard is probably not going to get the job done.
The people that buy for sale by owners are looking for a great deal so they’re gonna come and offer you far less than the actual market value of your house as a typical rule.
You’re going to be paying for the photographer, for the video, for the drone photography, for all advertising, you’re gonna have to put a nice sign in the yard, you’re going to have to show the property every time somebody calls you to make an appointment.
So the money that you save in the commission you’re going to be incurring a lot of additional costs in marketing and in time, where it’s going to be all on you.
You don’t have an agent who’s doing all this stuff for you.
So now you know how much it costs to sell a house but do you know what your home is valued at? Do you know what your market value is?
Because half the time your neighbor might tell you, “Oh we sold it for300,000!” But they actually sold it for $289,000.
I’m just saying sometimes people have the tendency to exaggerate just a little bit.
So if you’d like to find out what your home is worth because you’re thinking of selling in the next six months or so, click this link.
We would be happy to do a free no-obligation home valuation analysis for you so that you can really sit down and say, “Okay, if I sold how much money could I expect to make?” Because that’s a big factor in deciding is now the right time to sell or should I wait a year or two? Thank you so much for watching and I will see you on the next one.
Can I Sell My Home as is in Virginia ?Adam Buys Houses CompanyBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingJul 24, 2017Avoid the wolves in sheep’s clothing.
You want to sell your house but are wondering how you know it’s one of those “we buy houses scams”.
Be aware of those we buy houses scams. This is a very important topic to cover. I wouldn’t feel like I’m doing sellers any justice as a real home buyer unless mentioned ways to avoid predatory scams in Denver Colorado. As the market here gets hotter and hotter, more and more people want to take advantage of the situation in a bad way.
Have those advertisements for people saying, ‘we buy houses’ caught your eye and made you question whether they are we buy houses scams? This is a very real concern for people considering this kind of service.
Trying to sell your house fast in Denver? Are you concerned that you might get taken advantage of or have the wool pulled over your eyes?
Join the club.
The traditional way to sell a house is using a real estate agent and having them list your house.
Maybe you would rather skip the hassles and sell to a Denver cash home buyer instead. Every year, thousands of people sell their homes directly to investors rather than listing with an agent. In fact, nationwide, 5.5% of home sales were to investors according to a report by RealtyTrac.
If you’ve never sold a home before or never sold one without the services of agent, it can be quit scary. It can seem downright overwhelming. Most people may be buying or selling a property a couple times in their lifetime.
I’m going to share some tips for you to make sure that who you are working with is a legitimate house buyer and not someone looking to scam you. By the end of this article, you’ll be armed with what you need to know to choose the right company to buy your house.
The Sniff Test For We Buy Houses Scams
There are a lot of legitimate house buyers in Denver, but there are also some people that are running we buy houses scams. It can be difficult to know which one you might be dealing with.
The stakes are high. People have lost lots of time, money and even their houses to scams run by people that don’t have any sort of moral compass.
It can be difficult to determine if who you are dealing with has your best interests at heart. Most of the time there are “tells” that will clue you in to their true intentions. These signs can mean you are caught in some of the we buy houses scams being used today.
The Three Most Important Things to Look Out For
- Upfront Money and Application Fees — If a house buyer wants you to pay them any kind of fees to evaluate your house, run away as fast you can. This person is likely a scammer. Honest home buying companies don’t make money charging application fees or asking for money. They make their money from buying houses, fixing them up and either renting or selling the house. I’ve had many sellers in the past even mention to me that they were told to put up the earnest money deposit to sell there house. Again, run fast if you’re ever asked to give any money.
- “Kitchen Table Closings” — If a buyer wants you to sign over the deed to your house anywhere other than a title company or attorney’s office, you’re likely going to be making a costly mistake. Any sale you have should happen at a title company so that you can make sure the paperwork is handled properly and all liens are taken care of. The sale must be recorded with the government to prove new ownership and the sale of the property. If the government must know that why would you sell in secrecy?Please do not mistake this for signing a contract to sell your house. A Purchase and Sale Agreement is the very first step in the process to selling your house. That can and probably will happen at your house. Just don’t sign any Warranty Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds without the services of a real estate attorney or title company.
- Too Much Information is Given — Phony bank statements and pre-approval letters for loans are given without being requested from untrustworthy real estate investors. These investors present these documents to make them appear legit but these documents can easily be faked. There is no reason for an investor to asks for driver license numbers, social security numbers or even your date of birth. The title company will be the only one asking for that for verification of owner on title. The only thing the home buyer should legitimately ask about is your situation and the condition of the property so they can find a solution to your problem with what you need and so they know how much they can pay for the home.This occurs a lot when the supposed “investor” lives in a different city than Denver Colorado and communicates almost entirely by email. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather work with somebody local that I can meet face to face. Just because they are not local doesn’t immediately make them a scammer, but I sure would rather know who I’m dealing with. With technology nowadays it should be difficult to make a phone call or use an app like FaceTime or Skype to communicate from a distance.
Scammers Don’t Always Look and Act Like Used Car-Salesmen
It’s not always easy to pick out who the scammer is in a crowd.
Sometimes it’s the overly nice person.
Sometimes it’s the straight and to-the-point always in a rush person.
Don’t let your guard down just because someone smooth talks you. You need to get the facts about who they are and what they can do for you.
We will discuss exactly what to ask for to determine whether you are dealing with the right kind of house buyer or not later in this article.
It may seem impossible to determine whether someone is genuine or running we buy houses scams…but it’s not.
One way is to trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right…it probably isn’t and could be one of those we buy houses scams. It also could be someone having a bad day or simply just needs to use the restroom. Okay, all kidding aside it’s best to at least be aware of we buy houses scams and that’s the point.
Another way is to determine whether their actions match their words. Actions always speak louder than words and I’ve found them to be very telling about people.
If a Denver home buyer says he or she is going to meet you at your house at 2:00pm on Wednesday and they show up at 2:40pm.. they certainly don’t value your time or respect it.
If they walk through your house and tear it apart with harsh words about the house or your situation, you are probably dealing with someone that could care less about your feelings or what you get out of the deal.
Harsh words about your house are solely intended to force you to lower your opinion of the value of the house. This type of investor may as well be wearing a plaid suit and lots of gold chains.
A respectable and reputable real estate investor will always treat you with respect. They will show up on time and show empathy. When viewing houses, trustworthy house buyers will look for the positive aspects of the house as they know full well they will be making repairs and breathing new life into the home.
Other Not-so-obvious Semi-We buy houses scams
There are many other situations that I call ‘semi-scams’ to watch out for. These may not be illegal or full-blown we buy houses scams but are intended to take advantage of you and your situation.
It’s best to avoid these at all costs with we buy houses scams.
- Sub2 or Subject To Scams — Some investors use a strategy called ‘Subject To’ or Sub2 when using shorthand. This is where they buy your house from you “subject to” the existing mortgage. They will want you to deed them the house without paying off your mortgage.The biggest problem with this is that the mortgage is in your name and, if it goes unpaid, directly impacts your credit!It’s pretty easy to see why this type of deal is important to avoid. You would basically be trusting an almost complete stranger with your credit. No thanks!
- Conflict of Interest Scams — One I often hear about is a real estate agent not disclosing they are an agent and offering to buy the property. Only later to say they changed their mind and would rather list it. This goes against the NAR Code of Ethics 2016. What is happening is they are looking for a way to make money no matter what happens and are only looking out for their best interest. People should be absolutely clear on their intentions from the start. Too much wishy washy commitments usually means something is wrong.
- Short Sales Scams — Short sales are where a bank or mortgage company agrees to release their lien on your house in exchange for less than the principle balance of your loan. Typically, you have to pay off any principle balance and interest due for them to release the lien. When they agree to accept less, you are performing what is called a short sale.A short sale in and of itself is not a problem, it’s when this is attempted when it doesn’t make sense that causes a lot of problems for Denver Colorado homeowners.If you are behind on payments but have a lot of equity and a home that doesn’t need any major repairs, you might have an investor convince you to attempt a short sale.Short sales can drag on for months and the bank may wait until just before a foreclosure auction to deny it. Then what are you going to do? You won’t have time to sell it. It’s almost certain to be lost to foreclosure.Some careless investors don’t give you all the facts when they attempt a short sale on your house. You also need to be aware that even if the bank agrees to take less for the lien to be released, they could put a deficiency judgement on you for the amount the loan was shorted. You will probably also have to report the amount shorted as income which could cause your income tax owed to be a real problem for you.
How to Avoid These Potential Scams
Do your homework to avoid we buy houses scams.
With some quick research you can easily determine whether somebody has a history of doing what they say. You can also find out if they’ve been in business for a while which shows they are stable and worthy of your business.
Crooks rarely stay in business long and almost always have negative reviews.
- Check testimonials — Be sure to look for online reviews and testimonials for the house buying company you are considering. Any reputable business will have statements from previous customers that can attest to how they do business. You can read dozens of reviews from customers upon request from Adams Buys Houses. Take a look at them for an example of the types of things you will find for any honest business owner.
- Check the Better Business Bureau — The Better Business Bureau (known as the BBB) allows consumers to leave reviews and rate local businesses. You should only work with house buying companies that have a strong rating with the Better Business Bureau. If they don’t have a rating they may be new or not have an LLC yet but it’s still a great thing to look into.
- Make sure to close at a title company — There is so much legal talk in contracts and deed documents that you simply must have a title company or real estate attorney handle the closing.This is to ensure that everything is done properly.The last thing you want is for something to be done incorrectly that you have to deal with years down the road.You could even run into a situation where you are sued because something wasn’t handled properly.Title companies provide title insurance that will protect you from most of these problems. It’s definitely worth it.
- Don’t sign documents you don’t understand — This one seems to be common sense but is definitely not common practice. If you don’t understand something, don’t sign it.This is also where a good real estate attorney or title company can be worth their weight in gold. They should be able to break it down for you in layman’s terms so that you know what you are getting into.Great house buying companies will also take the time to clearly explain everything you are agreeing to in a way that makes sense to you. They are not in a rush and don’t sound confusing. If you find you are working with someone not willing to do that, don’t work with them. Find someone else that buys houses.
When selling a house fast to a local house buying company, you should be aware of the signs of potential we buy houses scams.
Armed with the knowledge from this article you are much better prepared to find a great house buyer for your house that will treat you with respect and do what they say they are going to do.
If you would like to get a fair cash offer for your Denver house, do not hesitate to give us a call at 303–558–5843. We would be glad to answer any questions you have and help you in any way we can whether you sell to us or not.
How Can I Sell My House Fast?
If you are not sure about how quick your house might sell, you may be wondering how soon I can sell my house fast. I'm sure you will come across people who have struggled to pay their bills, credit card payments, and some people need to remortgage their property to fund a business venture or pay off loans to ease financial burden.
Up to 2008 most people considered their homes to be assets regrettably this was turned out not to be the case when property prices went south. For homes they bought in 2007 could be bought in 2008 for at least 15% cheaper and therefore, these homeowners owed more on the mortgage than what their house was worth on open market. Great news, is that we can help you buy your property fast even if you're facing negative equity!
So what do you do if you're facing negative equity and perhaps thinking of handing keys back to the bank? There are many quick house buying companies out there who claim to promise you the earth but when it comes to buying your home fast, they will refer to your their partner i.e. people who will pay them to buy your details. This is not a good idea and we feel it is unethical practice to give vulnerable sellers a false sense of security. But, what options are available if I need to sell my home fast and move on hassle free?
I need to sell my house fast - what steps should I consider?
- Selling your house for cash could be the answer to releasing all the equity that is tied up in your home in return for a guaranteed cash payment. But the best offer you can expect will vary from 70-75 of market value. A typical quick house sale for cash can take place within 14 days of instructions and in some cases as quick as 5 working days.
- Sell your house via auction - you can contact your local property auctioneer and even online auction sites and request that you wish to sell your property fast to hungry investors. There's absolutely no guarantee that your property will sell and auctioneer will significantly undervalue your property to "attract" interest from property investor - for example a typical 100K property will be advertised for sale in region of 65K as guide price. There are also insertion fees involved and final sale price at fall hammer. If they do find you a property buyer, you will complete within 28 days and sometimes you can request completion within 14 days. This is not ideal if you're facing repossession and timescales are against you to sell your home fast because you will be waiting for auction date which could be a few months away. During the school summer holidays, most investors will be abroad between July and September so be careful not to list your property during these periods when it will not attract any property investors.
- Sell house and rent back - this could be a solution if you need a discrete sale to put an end to stopping repossession - selling your house discretely and privately at terms you can afford to pay back a rent to an FSA regulated intermediary like ours may be well be the solution.
- Put your house on open market with an estate agent - once you have received a realistic and fair valuation from an agent, you have to place all your trust in them to sell your property fast. If you need to sell your home quickly you might need to spend some money redecorating the property and bringing it to modern standards.
Beware of amateur property investors
Having evaluated your options you may be thinking what should I do if I need to sell my home fast with someone I can actually trust? Where do I find a reputable, reliable buyer who can buy my house fast? Do you really want to trust a "buyer" who has just attended a property course?
It's unfortunate that people you will deal with about selling your house will ultimately benefit from your decision to sell your home fast. If you advertise your home with a low asking price then a potential buyer will get a fantastic discount against its true market value.
Other the other hand, an estate agent will probably over value your property to win your business rather than being realistic and therefore, you may consider selling your home for cash at discount to a property investment company.
If you need to sell house quickly, often you could be confused under pressure, not knowing what to do next. So how can you avoid all the stress if you need sell your home fast?
- Carry out detailed research about how much properties sold for recently in your area. You can find plenty of useful information on Rightmove and Zoopla.
- Ask the experts - contrary to popular belief your estate agents are not property expert as they only allowed to give their opinion rather than professional advice which can only be obtain by a RICS surveyor. Contact your local RICS surveyor to establish how quickly houses are selling in the area and to give you an idea.
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