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.
This is a very common situation, these days; and it will become an epidemic.
There are millions of adjustable rate and Option Adjustable rate mortgages that will be "resetting" to a normal interest rate as their "teaser rates" expire over the next couple of years.
This will put severe financial pressure on families who were able to buy their homes only because of those artificially low payments in the first place.
Many will be unable to refinance or even sell their homes because of the looming glut of homes on the market and the stalling of price appreciation.
Many of these people have little or even negative equity in their homes, which compounds their difficulties as realtors will not list their homes, as they see no way the home owner can pay their commissions.
These people also have little to no flexibility to reduce the price of their properties because the mortgage payoff and the closing costs will require them to bring cash to the closing to buy their way out of their homes.
Also, these homeowners will have a diminished fervor to stick it out through the hard times just around the corner if they have no equity, abandoning their homes and adding to the greater problem.
The ultimate nightmare is for people in this situation to be forced to sell their homes for financial reasons. They are headed straight to financial ruin; bankruptcy, foreclosure or both.
Selling a house is a Marketing problem. If I recall from Marketing 101, a product will be successfully sold when you position it as the most competitive product in front of the largest possible market. Painting the porch is not going to make your house the most competitive; everyone else is painting their porch too.
What if you could offer your house for sale and the buyer did not have to qualify for a new mortgage, do you think that would make your house stand out from the rest of the competition? This one change would also double or triple the size of your potential market of buyers. There is a "shadow market" of people who would love to buy a house like yours only they will not or cannot go through the "inquisition" of being qualified for a bank mortgage. These people include small business owners, self employed professionals, including real estate investors; foreigners and, yes, those with stinky credit!
They have the cash to put down and the ability to carry the payments, they just don't want to hassle getting a mortgage and they will be very grateful to be given the chance to buy a property with no bank involvement. How grateful? We have found that they will jump at the opportunity, pay 15-30% more than the appraised price of the property and will also pay a higher monthly payment as well, which can spell P R O F I T in addition to a quick sale at or above market value. There is only one way that will allow you to sell your home without paying off the mortgage and that is with a properly structured land trust. The trust will prevent the bank from foreclosing on your mortgage for violating the due on sale clause.
An added bonus is that when you sell the property in a land trust, there is no tax due on the gain; especially important if it is an investment property or a residence that has appreciated beyond the statutory exclusion of $250 or $500,000. Now, you can sell your property quickly, take a nice down payment, receive hassle free monthly payments; in excess of your mortgage payments for years and possibly another lump of cash when the buyer sells the property or refinances your mortgage. I say, "hassle free" payments because you will have no tenant, toilet or trash responsibilities to the new buyer. You don't call the bank that holds the title to your car if your water pump fails, do you? This has been the way out for many of our clients who were trapped in their homes and can work for you as well. Discuss this option with your realtor or lawyer.
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 ?
Real estate is a complex industry, so much so that many who venture into it as aspirational agents struggle to build their clientele or close sustainable commissions. Not due to a lack of skill, but rather, the very nature of the home transaction process. Whether you’re buying, selling, or representing someone doing both, there are many challenges that can potentially upend any deal, be it an abundance of appraisal and repair contingencies or a basic lack of communication.
It’s this reality that causes many realtors to warn buyers and sellers against going into a home transaction without an agent. They caution, justly, that recent industry trends and longtime realities, like increased competition from buyers overseas, tightening mortgage lending criteria, and densely worded legalese making going it alone a serious pitfall, especially for first-timers.
It’s important to note, though, that there are very clearly biases on that end of the argument. More independent home sellers mean less business for various agencies. Losing a standard 6 or 7 percent commission may not seem like much when put in those terms, but if you’re an agent facilitating the sale of a home listed at $450,000, that’s $27,000 in lost commission. Now imagine you’re a realtor that loses multiple deals like that because your clients opt to sell FSBO. It’s easy to see how you would quickly become disenchanted by the idea.
FSBO Statistics Can Be Deceptive
Recent survey data present a mixed bag regarding the efficacy of FSBO sales. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), less than 10 percent of all home sales are FSBO, which sounds damning, until you examine the nature of most agent relationships with buyers and sellers. Often, instead of paying a realtor full commission, sellers will pay a flat fee to real estate professionals to list their property on a multiple listing service. However, even those relationships are grouped into the “agent-assisted” category, which skews and confounds the data immensely.
The data from a later survey by Redfin provide better insight into the driving motivations for FSBO sellers and home sellers in general. According to the survey, nearly 60% of all home sellers receive a discount on realtor commission, totaling, on average, a 40% fee reduction. It’s clear that, regardless of whether a home buyer or seller opts to go solo or hire an agent, their intention is to net the most money possible. Selling FSBO will allow you to do just that.
FSBO Sellers Enjoy More Control Over Their Home Transactions
Not only do FSBO sellers have more money for home inspections and renovations, but they also have greater negotiating flexibility and control over how their home is marketed. These are huge advantages, but only when capitalized on. For example, one of the most interesting statistics presented in the NAR findings is that over 70% of FSBO sales are primarily marketed through either yard signs, or not at all. This, more than any other factor, contributes to the huge discrepancy in FSBO sales. It’s not due to an inherent flaw in the process, but plain inaction.
If you are adept at social media engagement, videography, or photography, you can absolutely create a marketing plan that rivals one you may get from a realtor juggling multiple property deals. Another advantage of not hiring a realtor is being able to apply your own intimate knowledge of your neighborhood to entice prospective buyers. Unlike a realtor who serves multiple neighborhoods or an entire region, you may have more knowledge about current and future area development, or marquee amenities, like a great school district or quiet neighbors. A realtor that only works in your area sparingly may lose sight of these details, or fail to leverage them properly.
For instance, if you live somewhere that experiences a lot of severe weather, siding and windows are especially crucial home features. While homeowners in other areas of the country may judge these fixtures by their aesthetic, those living in Tornado Alley or on a coastline place more stock in their durability and impact resistance. If you’re selling FSBO, you likely know every square inch of your property (and its renovation history) like the back of your hand, and there’s no one better to convey those details than you—without a middle person.
10 Steps for Staging Your Home on a Budget
Kris Krohn with REITV.
Today we're gonna talk about the absolute best time to sell a house.
So when is the best time to sell a property? Well, the truth is it depends.
If you bought it the right way, then anytime should be the right time.
However, will there be times in the market that are more advantageous than others? Try this one for a minute: Consumers and investors usually follow separate andopposite tracks.
So when all the consumers are buying up real estate, do you know what investors are typically doing? That's when they're selling! When everyone is in this buyer's market, that's when you can usually sell for the highest price andthat's when investors wanna trade into different properties.
But the opposite is also true.
When all ofthe consumers are dumping and saying "The sky is falling and it's the worst investmentthat we saw in '07 and 2008 and 9 and 10!".
What were investors like me doing? We're buying up everything like crazy! WarrenBuffett - he had his own hedge fund at the time.
He was buying 30.
40,000 homes peryear into the markets that actually were totally decimated.
So, best time to sell a home is really atthe market high before it falls out is when you're going to really cash in on top dollar.
But if your strategy requires that, then you may have in fact, the WRONG strategy.
Becauseif the market is ever turning and moving it away that it's not advantageous for you, youshould be able to continue holding that home, cash flowing it, and continuing to make moneyon it.
This is one of the reasons why one of my manyrules in real estate is that I buy below the median.
Why do I do that on my short-termbuy and holds? Because if the market ever turns AGAINST me, I'm gonna keep on cash flowingthat property and those lower-priced homes - they don't lose value like a million ora half a million dollar home does.
So Warren Buffett has this principle, right?He calls it the margin of risk.
And really when you talk about the best time to sella house, I wanna draw attention to how Warren Buffett has become a multi-billionnaire andthe, one of the greatest philanthropist of our day and age; all based on a very simpleprinciple you may have heard called Buy Low, Sell High, okay? Warren is a really great example if you readhis book Snowball, of an individual that really live his principles.
He says if you wannareduce your risk, you gotta increase your margin of profitability.
So it's real simple:If you buy a house as an investor, you buy it with a lot of equity 'cause if you do,whether it's the wrong or right time to sell, you can sell profitably! Understanding this principle is key for thisnext part: If you buy the right house, you can sell itanytime for great profit.
I've got an example here of the house that I've just recentlysold.
This is a house that I sold in.
purchased in '05 and sold in 2015.
So I've held ontothis house for 10 years and here's some background on this house: I actually leveraged a partner'smoney and a partner's credit to buy this house.
So how much money was I into this deal? Iwasn't in it at all.
And I used my staff and my team and we basically lined it up.
Now I have here the HUD.
This is actuallythe closing documents on selling this house where I received as you can see here a $38,986check.
But here's the summary on this spread that I wanna point out.
I purchased this house in 2005 and we boughtit for $109,000 and a down payment of 10% was $1,069.
My expenses over the life of holdingthis was 70,000 but my income was a 107.
What's the difference? Roughly $37,000 that we gotto make in cash flow and to down payments, deposits, along the way.
Then when we soldthe house, we collected a check for $28,000 that me and my partner got to split afterI paid back my partner the $9,000 that he put in.
So he put in the money, he got paid back.
So basically there's 28,000 of profits to split, there's 37,000 that was made alongthe way, 37 and 28 is roughly $65,000, okay? So this tiny little house - 4 bedroom, 1 anda half bath, did a good job taking care of me.
Now let's just for a moment take a look atthe ROI.
I could've sold this house at any time but why did I sell it now? Well, it'sbeen a cash cow.
The little bit out, how do I know it's a cash cow? For a moment, takea look at the ROI! We put in $9,000 but look at what we got out? $65,000! That's a 720%increase.
Now, divide that over holding the home for10 years and that is 72% a year on your money.
Now, my business partner and I made 72% ayear based on whose money? His money! He's.
he and I get to split the ROI 36% each.
Butlet me ask you, if I put no money in, what is my real net ROI? It's infinite! Think aboutit.
I didn't put anything in, but I got all of that money coming back out to me.
So this is an example of 'I could've soldthis house at any time.
It's been cash flow cowing.
Why did I really sell it?'.
Becausethe market was right! What do you do when the market's wrong? Just keep making moneyand keep cash flowing! When you do real estate the right way, itcan always be a great time to buy, hold, or sell.
which is why I love short-term buyand hold strategies 'cause I get to make my money along the way.
I hope you've enjoyed today's video on thebest time to sell your house.
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