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Sell My House

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    Thinking about selling your house???  Great, here is what you need to know.

    People often ask “what or how is the best way to sell my house?”  While there are many factors that go into this decision, there is usually a best course of action for each situation. We will break down each, and help you decide which is best for you!

    In this guide, we will show you:

    • A break down different ways to sell your house
    • Steps to selling a house
    • How long the process takes
    • How to price your house
    • Cost to sell a house
    • And… lots more

    Table of Contents

    Breakdown of Different Ways to Sell

    REALTOR®

    The most common and most understood way to sell your house is through a REALTOR®. This can be a great option because REALTORs® have experience and can help answer many questions that may arise in the home selling process.

    If a home is in great shape and the homeowner is not in a rush to sell, this can be the best option. The condition of the home must be up to “market standards” and also up to the local municipality code.

    If the home is not up to these qualifications, the home seller can always do the fixes themselves, or pay someone to perform them. If they do not have the money this may not be the best option. They will either have to take a steep price discount to account for these issues, or come out of pocket to make the repairs.

    If everything is up to date and up to code in the house, selling with a REALTOR® usually works out great. We will get into the general cost break down of this later in the summary.

    FSBO

    A homeowner can always try to sell their property on their own, also known as For Sale By Owner. This can save the home seller money by not paying commissions to a real estate agent. However, this can limit the exposure a house gets on the open market.

    FSBO homes are not listed on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) site. That is the number one place real estate agents go to look new listings. If the home is in great condition and there is not rush to sell. This option can work; however, the homeowner does not have a real estate agent acting as a fiduciary in their favor, which does come with its own set of risks. 

    FSBO – Professional House Buyer

    For Sale By Owner to a professional “as is” home buyer is the third main options. This one is usually the lease well known, but in the right circumstance can definitely be the best course of action for a home seller.

    If a seller needs to sell quickly, this is the best option. Most typical home sales through a REALTOR® or FSBO on the traditional market can take 60-120 days to finalize a sale. Most professional “as is” home buyers can close in two weeks or less.

    FasterHouse is one of the professional “as is” home buying companies and we are not different. We can close in a couple weeks or even less than a week if everything lines up properly.

    The other main reason a home seller would want to sell to a professional house buying company is the condition of the property simply does not meet the market or the local building codes.

    Most home buyers want a house that is fully updated with no deferred maintenance. They want granite countertops, new stainless-steel appliances, new floors, fresh paint, tile bathrooms, etc… Occasionally, you can find a buyer who wants a “fixer upper” but those situations are rare and usually require an extremely low selling price.

    The other “condition” that may exist that requires a sale like this is local municipal requirements that need to be met to sell a house. If a house does not have an electric box up to code, or proper railings on the outside of the house, for example, it will not pass local occupancy.

    Home sellers who sell to professional house buying companies do not have to come up with these fixes either.

    Bottom line, if the house needs some work or there is a need for a quick sale, selling to a professional house buying company directly, may very well be the best option.

    We have a post on 16 reasons not to use a REALTOR® – Who Is “We Buy Houses For Cash” For?

    Steps to Selling a House

    There can be many steps that go into selling your house. Depending on the method, the process can take a lot of time or be fairly quick. We are going to discuss those steps from each of the three ways to sell your house.

    Steps if you are selling with a Real Estate Agent…

    REALTOR®- Selling with a REALTOR® is very common. Many home sellers choose this option. This is a great option if your house is in great shape and you are in no rush to sell. This route can take several months for the entire process to go from getting your house ready to sell to closing on the sale. There are several people that will need to be involved in the process from start to finish.

    • Contractors– If the house needs any work to be done beyond general cleaning, many people will have to hire out the fixes to get the house ready to show on the market. Today’s buyers want everything updated and maintenance free. If there are issues that are not addresses beforehand, it will affect the time it takes to sell and the price the house sells for. You can find contractors by asking around, looking them up online or in the yellow pages.
    • Your Real Estate Agent– This person can help you find some of the missing pieces of your team. If you do not know a title company for example, they should know some that they like to use. This person will help you list your house and show it to potential buyers.
    • Buyer’s Real Estate Agent– The person buying your home will most likely be represented by another real estate agent.
    • Title Company– A title company will be involved in running title insurance and making sure the property safely and legally transfers from the home seller to the home buyer.
    • Attorney– In many states title companies have their own attorneys in house, but in some states a separate attorney may be necessary.
    • Home Buyer Inspector– The purchaser of your home will most likely hire a home inspector to go through every nook and cranny in your house to find out any potential “issues”. Your offer will be contingent upon many of those issues being fixed or a drop in price to offset the fixes.
    • Municipality Inspector– In order for the home to pass ownership local municipalities require it to pass occupancy inspections. They usually look for safety items to make sure the home is safe to live in. If there are any issues, it is the responsibility of the home seller to fix.
    • Mortgage Company– Almost every home buyer will utilize a mortgage company to purchase the property, which requires a whole set of guidelines and underwriting that can delay the process

    As you can see, it takes a whole team to close a sale through a real estate agent. This method takes time and usually requires fixes of some kind. However, this is a great option for many home sellers.

    “When interviewing prospective real estate agents make sure they have a great reputation and that you feel you can trust them.”

    Matt Becker, Magnolia Real Estate STL

    Steps if you are selling For Sale By Owner (FSBO)…

    For Sale By Owner (FSBO)- Selling your house without the help of a real estate agent has its advantages and disadvantages. You can save yourself money by not having to pay half of the real estate agent fees. When you traditionally list a house, you pay 6-7% of the selling price as commission.

    If you decide to sell on your own, you can cut that in half but will still have to pay around 3%, to pay the buyer’s agent. Unfortunately, your home may not get in front of everyone that it would if you listed with an agent.

    Also, you will have to source out a lot of your home selling “team” that most agents can help with.  The actual team is very similar to selling with an agent, it will most likely be harder to find all the right people.

    • Contractors– If the house needs any work to be done beyond general cleaning, many people will have to hire out the fixes to get the house ready to show on the market. Today’s buyers want everything updated and maintenance free. If there are issues that are not addresses beforehand, it will affect the time it takes to sell and the price the house sells for. You can find contractors by asking around, looking them up online or in the yellow pages.
    • Buyer’s Real Estate Agent– The person buying your home will most likely be represented by another real estate agent. Even if you decide to represent yourself on the sell side, there will most likely be an agent on the buyer’s side.
    • Title Company– A title company will be involved in running title insurance and making sure the property safely and legally transfers from the home seller to the home buyer. If you do not know any, it would be wise to ask around or look up some reputable ones online.
    • Attorney– In many states title companies have their own attorneys in house, but in some states a separate attorney may be necessary.
    • Home Buyer Inspector– The purchaser of your home will most likely hire a home inspector to go through every nook and cranny in your house to find out any potential “issues”. Your offer will be contingent upon many of those issues being fixed or a drop in price to offset the fixes.
    • Municipality Inspector– In order for the home to pass ownership local municipalities require it to pass occupancy inspections. They usually look for safety items to make sure the home is safe to live in. If there are any issues, it is the responsibility of the home seller to fix.
    • Mortgage Company– Almost every home buyer will utilize a mortgage company to purchase the property, which requires a whole set of guidelines and underwriting that can delay the process

    Steps if you are selling to a Professional House Buyer…

    Professional House Buyer- This option is not the best option for every seller. However, in many cases this is the best solution. This is the easiest path and can be the most profitable one. The team that is required for this is very small because most professional home buyers buy fast, with cash and “as is”.

    There is a one-person team needed for this sale, and that person is the professional home buyer. They usually do not require any inspections or go through any mortgage companies to close. They have a title company they use for all their purchases and can usually close very fast. There is no agent involved so that saves you 6-7% of the sale price.

    If your house is in great shape, you have money for repairs and do not need to sell fast, this may not be the best path. If any of those statements is not true, then it is worth exploring.

    Assemble Your Team

    When you decide to put your house on the market, you will need to assemble a team of people that know how to help the process move along. You may or may not know it takes a small army to sell a house. Here is a list of people that are usually involved when selling your house on the traditional market.

    • Buying REALTOR®
    • Selling REALTOR®
    • Title Company
    • Moving Company
    • Contractors
    • Municipal Inspector
    • Home Inspector
    • Real Estate Lawyer (in some states)

    Here are some excellent articles on who the team members are that you might have to used based on your state.

    This article in RETipster covers who the team members are that needed to do the actual closing of the transaction.

    In this state by state closing guide article it explains in full detail what and who are involved with a real estate transaction based on individual states.

    If you sell your house to a professional “as is” house buying company you usually only have to deal with one or two of these people. The title company and potentially a moving company. Things usually go a lot smoother if you sell this way.

    Most home sellers find REALTORs® through mutual connections or first-hand connections. If you do not know anyone then you can easily search online for local REALTORs®. They even have ratings and testimonials of people that have used them in the past.

    Price a Home to Sell

    It is very important to price your home properly, no matter which route you chose. If you have an agent suggesting a listing price, make sure you do some research yourself.  If you are going to list the property for sale by owner, you can use these sites as well.

    Here is a list of sites that have value calculators:

    • REALTOR.com
    • Zillow.com
    • Redfin.com
    • Chase.com
    • Homegain.com
    • REMax.com
    • Forsalebyowner.com (gave me the highest number on my house)
    • Realestate.usnews.com (gave me the lowest range number)
    • Pennymacusa.com
    • Eppraisal.com uses Zillow numbers
    • Realestateabc.com uses Zillow numbers
    • Nerdwallet.com uses Zillow numbers
    • Homelight.com is the same as realestate.usnews.com

    There can be some issues with strictly using these sites to price your home. You really have to have a cookie cutter house in a cookie cutter neighborhood to get a somewhat accurate value to figure out pricing from these sites.

    The down fall of the online home valuation sites are if you:

    • Live in a county that is behind the times and not online
    • You live in rural areas so it is hard to find “like kind” comps
    • The condition of the house has to be factored in
    • They are based on tax records so if you have improvements that the city or county don’t know about it won’t be accurate.
    • You live at the edge of borders like school district, counties, major highway, etc… you know, what throws off most comps on the MLS but the public doesn’t know that.
    • No recent sales in your area or at your price range which agents and appraisers can adjust for but the “average Joe” can’t.

    There can be a very big difference in appraised value and assessed value. Follow this link for an article that really digs into the differences.

    Pre-listing Inspection – Pros and Cons

    Pre-listing home inspections are not very common before you list a property for sale. After a property is under contract, it is very common to get a home inspection.

    A pre-listing home inspection can help the house seller fix items that may help them sell the house and also that may come up on future inspections. Unless you sell your house “as is” to a professional home buyer, there will be inspections.

    Getting one done yourself can get you ahead of the curve. Home inspections usually cost in the range of $400-$1000, depending on what all you want inspected.

    If your home is not in great condition, there will be a lot that comes up on the inspection. If everything is in rough shape and you do not plan to fix any of it, a home inspection may not be the best idea. There is a chance the inspection will uncover unnecessary things that the home seller did not know about.

    Each inspector has their own opinions and thoughts on what should or should not be fixed.

    If you decide not to do the inspection you could be saving yourself money on certain unnecessary fixes. As we stated, not all inspectors inspect the same. So, you may be fixing items on the first inspection that would not even have been brought up on the buyer’s inspection.

    A lot of home sellers decide to just wait and see what gets brought up in buyer’s inspection and fix that. Either way if you sell using the traditional method there will most likely be inspection fixes needed.

    Here is an article to goes over hiring home inspectors.

    Should you get a home inspection before selling? That is completely up to the seller but most do not get an inspection before listing


    Make Repairs on an “As Is” Listing

    If you decide to sell your property “as is” on the retail market, you are usually trying to avoid making any repairs in order to sell your home.

    When you list your property “as is” you are not expecting to have to make any repairs in order to sell. That is usually the case, however many buyers will still ask for a “credit” at closing to offset the repairs needed. Professional house buying companies do not typically ask for a credit to offset any repairs.

    If the house has certain issues that will not pass local municipal code that is another issue. If the new home buyer plans to live in the house immediately and it will not pass occupancy then the repairs will have to be made. Most likely the buyer will ask for the repairs to be made so they can move in right away.

    To avoid having to make any repairs or to avoid having to pay for a credit at closing it is usually easier to sell to a professional house buying company.

    Selling Time Line

    The timeline that it takes to sell your house is greatly impacted by the route you chose to sell your house through. There are 10 main factors that affect the timeline.

    1. Listing Price
    2. Location
    3. Condition of the house / property
    4. Current real estate market conditions
    5. Cash buyer vs mortgage buyer
    6. Sell in “Move-In Ready” or “As-Is” condition
    7. Inspections
    8. Using a real estate agent or selling it yourself (FSBO)
    9. Title Issues
    10. Buyer Contingency

    If you decide to sell your house on the open market through a retail real estate agent a lot of these factors can affect the timeline it takes you to close.

    When you get a buyer through the retail side, the condition of the house greatly affects the time it takes to sell. Those buyers are going to need inspections done by the buyer’s inspector and the local municipality. Both of which take time and money to come to a conclusion.

    Once a home seller agrees to sell their house, they have a whole other negotiation battle on their hands after inspections are finalized.

    If you sell to a professional house buying company you basically get to skip every one of the 10 steps above.

    If you agree to sell your house to a legit house buying company then you should be able to fly through any timetable and close on your terms. Be aware of dealing with companies that cannot close or pay cash. A simple internet search and looking at reviews can help you get a pretty good idea if a company is legit.

    Getting Your House Ready (decluttering and staging)

    Depersonalize the home

    When listing your home on the retail market it is best to depersonalize as much as you can. Most people do not want strangers looking at personal items and pictures of their families as potential buyers walk through the property.

    Also, millions of people have the potential to see the professional pictures taken, so be aware of what will show up in the pictures

    Let plenty of light in

    Make sure your blinds and drapes are open for all showings and pictures. Almost everyone likes the look and feel of natural light shinning into a room.

    Clean everything

    The appearance of your house is extremely important. Cleanliness goes a long way to help that. Whether it is appearance or smell, you want your house to appear spotless.

    Even if you are not the cleanest person you want to give the appearance that you take care of the property and clean it regularly.

    Declutter

    You want your house to appear as spacious as possible. People do not like to feel cramped. Remove all clutter and anything that makes a space feel smaller. Which includes unnecessary furniture.

    Staging your house

    Staging your house can help you sell it faster. It does usually cost $1000-$5000 to stage it if it is vacant. However, this can increase the time-frame to sell and potentially the price you sell it at.

    Recently virtual staging has become an option. Virtual staging helps for pictures but does not help when a potential buyer is in the property.

    I thought this article about staging a house for sale could be very helpful.

    Take Great Photos (especially for online marketing)

    Taking professional photos is one of the most important things you can do to set up your house for success. With technology and access today, thousands of potential buyers can look at your house online before they view it.

    Pictures of your house are a bit like a resume, and selling your house is getting the job. If you want to get as many people in your house as possible you need to get good professional pictures. You can separate yourself from the competition with pristine pictures.

    Here are a couple of great articles if you are interested in learning how to take better real estate photos…

                Link to “10 Tips for Impressive Real Estate Photography”  https://expertphotography.com/10-tips-for-consistently-great-real-estate-photography/

                Link to an article about how to take real estate photos with an iPhone, or any camera phone.   https://blog.ahrn.com/8-tips-for-better-real-estate-photos/

    Showings and Open Houses

    Showings

    Showing your house while you are currently occupied can be a bit of a pain. People usually like to view houses in the evenings and weekends. Which is the time most home owners are in their homes.

    Also, some potential buyers like to book showings last minute. While you have the right to deny a showing, you never know if they will be the “one” who buys it, so it is best to allow every showing possible.

    Having animals can make this even trickier. If the potential house buyer wants to access the house when you are at work, it is best to make sure your animal is locked up so they can have an unimpeded showing.

    If you sell your house on the retail market there is no way around these issues, unless you do not occupy the house you are trying to sell.

    Open Houses

    Open houses rarely sell your house but enable the agent to pick up new buyer clients.  Most buyers are now using the online methods to see houses inside and out without even leaving their living rooms. 

    In 2014, NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 9 percent of buyers found the home they purchased from a yard sign or open house and now it down to 7 percent.  Here is the article talking about that https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/is-an-open-house-still-a-must-do-step-when-selling-your-home

    With a legit cash buyer, you do not have to worry about any of those issues. They will meet you on your schedule and most only need to get into a property one time in order to make their decision.

    Are open houses worth it?

    Open houses can potentially put a sense of urgency out in the market for your house and let buyers without agents come check out the house. However, they do not usually end in a contract directly at the open house.

    Types of Buyers and What to Expect

    FHA / VA Mortgage buyers

    When a home buyer gets your house under contract on an FHA or VA Loan things can take a little different path. These loans are government subsidies and therefore have a different set of guidelines.

    They usually take a few weeks longer to close because of underwriting and due diligence. They also require their own inspection. This is a different inspection than an occupancy or even a buyer inspection. The government sends in an inspector who can request a lot of repairs to be made or the loan will not fund.

    Conventional Mortgage buyers

    Conventional buyers are usually easier to deal with than government subsidies buyers. However, there are still inspections and they usually request additional closing costs with offers. Conventional loans are easier for lenders to underwrite but there are still 3rd party companies.

    With any home buyer purchasing with a loan there is always a financing contingency. This contingency usually goes up until very close to closing. What this means is, you could sell your house and pass all the inspections and the funding source of your buyer’s may decide they cannot fund the loan at the last minute. Leaving you as the homeowner in a pickle!

    Cash buyers

    If you are dealing with a cash buyer the closing process is usually a LOT easier. Most retail house sales are not through cash buyers. However, occasionally there are some cash retail home buyers out there.

    For the most part, the only cash buyers are the professional “as is” house buying companies. These companies usually can purchase your house with no financial contingency in a matter of a few weeks or less. Depending on the condition of your home and how quickly you need to close, this can be the best option for you!

    Here is another article about buyers –  https://www.fasterhouse.com/how-to-sell-your-house-fast/#buyer

    Negotiating a Contract

    When you sell your house on the retail market you can benefit from having a REALTOR® negotiate the contract for you. They take emotion out of the equation and try and get the most money for your house. The reason they push the price is because they get paid commission.

    A typical home owner will have to pay 6-7% of the price of their house in commission to the buying and selling real estate agents. This does not even include closing and inspections costs. It is not unreasonable to think you must sell your house for 10% or more if you are using a REALTOR® to pay for their services and the traditional closing costs.

    Studies do show that if you list a house, you sell for more but then you have to pay commissions.

    The logistics of selling your house is not very complicated. Title companies accept all kinds of different contracts and help guide the homeowner in the closing process. A good professional home buyer will have people in house to assist with closing as well!

    Buyer Requests

    Most house buyers will request a discount off the asking price as well as closing cost to help with their side of the purchase. After everything is negotiated, they will almost always ask for inspections items to be fixed or a credit on closing to pay for those items.

    There always seems to be money that is given up by the home owner until they get to the closing table. When you sell your house to a professional “as is” house buyer there is usually no negotiating or concessions after you have decided upon the initial sales price.

    Home Inspection

    Home Buyer Inspections

    When a potential home buyer walks through your house to make a potential offer, they generally look at the surface materials. They do not look in the attic, or at the plumbing, etc.. That is why they ask for a Buyer Inspection, after their offer, for a professional home inspector to come in and inspect they property.

    They will look at basically every square inch of the property and try and find flaws or issues. It extremely rare to see a home inspection without needed repairs. The home seller can either opt to fix them, pay a credit or back out of the contract. Either way it is potentially an issue that can hinder the selling process.

    Selling to a professional “as is” home buyer, usually is much smoother. There is a small inspection period, or none at all.

    Municipality Occupancy Inspections

    Most homes will need to also be inspected by the local municipality for a home sale as well. The inspector is mainly looking for safety issues to assure that the home is safe for the home buyer to occupy.

    However, it does change from each municipality. Some just do an exterior inspection while others get in the house. Some are pretty lenient and some will fail you for small section of peeling paint on the outside of the house.

    If you are looking for an inspector here is a directory of inspectors by state.

    FAQs Related to Home Inspections…

    Can a buyer back out after inspections?

    Yes, most offers, if sold traditionally, are contingent upon an inspection. If the buyer does not like something on the inspection, they can demand it be fixed or drop the contract.

    What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection?

    The only mandatory fixes come from the local municipality to acquire occupancy.

    Do sellers have to fix everything on home inspections?

    No, sellers do not have to fix everything. They can negotiate what to fix and what not to. However, the buyer can back out of the contract if the seller does not fix what they want.

    Who pays for inspections when selling a home?

    The buyer typically pays for all inspections.

    Do sellers get a copy of house inspection?

    Yes, the sellers get a copy of the inspection.

    What are the Seller’s Costs Associated With Selling a House?

    Some costs that the seller typically pays-

    • Buyer closing costs- A buyer typically asks for closing cost, usually 1-3% of the contract price
    • Prorated taxes foe the days actually owned
    • Attorney fees, if applicable, some states require one and some do not
    • Title fees- The seller and buyer typically pay for specific title fee costs
    • Inspection fixes- Buyer inspection and municipality inspections fixes usually come out of the seller’s pocket
    • Real estate agent commission- The seller pays the agent commissions, which is usually 5-7% of the sales price

    As you can see the seller can pay up to 10% of the price of the house to actually sell it! This only pertains to the retail side of the business, when selling to a professional “as is” home buyer, these are typically zero!

    Source: https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/reduce-closing-costs/

    Here is another article talking about the seller’s side of closing costs   https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/sellers-must-pay-closing-costs-too/

    Costs can vary greatly from state to state and from transaction to transaction.

    Can you sell a house with a mortgage?

    Yes, most house sales have a mortgage on them.

    What happens to my mortgage when I sell my house?

    The title company will facilitate the mortgage and any liens to be paid off before the seller receives any of the proceeds.

    Best Time to Sell

    You can sell your house at any time during the year or any day during the week. However, there are certain times that it is better sell your house.

    It is typically best to get your house on the market in the Spring time. There millions of houses sold throughout the entire year, but the biggest percentage is during the Spring. If you want to get your house on the market during this time, you may need to start making any fixes and spruce ups in the Winter time to make sure everything is ready.

    The best day of the week to list is Thursday, this gives people time to set up showing over the weekend and potentially sell by Sunday.

    The worst day is Monday because people are usually getting back to work and not as concerned about looking at houses to buy.

    Source: https://www.redfin.com/blog/best-day-to-list-your-home-for-sale-2019


    If you sell to a professional home buyer, any time of the year or week is typically a good time.


    What the best month to sell a house?

    The Spring months, April-June.

    How to Sell Your House Fast

    We have a whole article that talks about how to sell your hour house fast, but to summarize:

    If you need to sell your house fast, the best strategy would be at least contacting your local “as is” house buying company and getting their opinion.

    Worst case scenario, you can go a different route but they at least can give you an option. If you agree upon a price, they are 100% the fastest way to sell.

    If you want to sell on the traditional retail market it will take longer, but you can still sell it fairly quickly. You need to make sure and get your team in place to make it happen.

    You also need to price your house appropriately and make sure it is in pristine condition. Houses that need work or are not updated do not sell as quickly as very updated modern houses.

    What if You Owe More Than it Sells For?

    If you owe more than your house is worth, you can still sell it, you just have fewer options:

    • You can bring money to the table at closing to make up the difference in what it sells for and what you owe on it.
    • You can also try leasing it out for a few years until the property mortgage gets paid down enough to match the value.
    • You can also try doing a short sale on your house. In a short sale, the mortgage company allows your house to be sold for less than what it is owed. This is a process that usually takes months and requires a short sale expert.

    It is always a smart idea to contact a professional house buyer.

    How Do You Sell a House That Won’t Sell?

    Go through the checklist again to see if you took a short cut that is hurting you.  Bad photos, no staging or decluttering, etc.. 

    Then go through the feedback to determine what is causing it not to appeal to buyers – is it the price, # of bedrooms, size of rooms, backyard, neighborhood, etc. Sometimes you might even want to pull it off the market while you address the issue if it is something you can fix.

     The #1 solution is lowering your asking price! At some price you will have a buyer.

    How to Sell From Out of State

    Selling a property from out of state is possible but much trickier than selling when you live in the house or leave near.

    Whether you are inheriting a house or a have a job transfer you may find yourself trying to sell a property that you live very far away from.

    The first thing to do is to call a professional as is buyer. If they give you an offer you want, then your job is basically over.

    If you do not know how much you want to sell the house for or you do not know what it is worth you can contact a local real estate agent or see if the house buyer will give you some comparable home sales that make sense.

    Trying to sell a house on the retail market from out of state happens all the time but it will most likely not happen very quickly. Between the logistics and coordination of everything it will probably take longer than usual.

    Home Selling Process Checklist

    While selling a house is a big deal… it doesn’t have to be. Just follow the steps laid out here:

    • Assemble your team (agent, title company, attorney, etc.)
    • Price a home to sell
    • Pre-listing inspection decide if you would benefit from this
    • Make repairs before listing
    • Get your house ready (decluttering and staging)
    • Take great photos (especially for online marketing)
    • Advertise your house (even if you use a REALTOR)
    • Decide if you are going to hold open houses
    • Keep in mind the different types of buyers and what to expect
    • Negotiating a contract
    • Take care of any buyer requests
    • Get all the necessary inspections completed
    • Go to the closing and receiving your proceeds!

    Conclusion

    Selling a house can be stressful and take a lot of time. Hopefully this article helped you understand the process in great detail. The bottom line is that is does not hurt to call a professional house buying company.

    At FasterHouse, we have a zero pressure approach a love to help people out in whatever situation they are in. We understand we cannot buy every house and we are honored to be considered. We always tell homeowners that we are simply an option for them and do not pressure them into selling to us. We love the St. Louis market and do whatever possible to make the area a better place to live!