The Methods To Selling Your House That No One Talks About

So you’re thinking about selling your home.

Most people think, “hey, let me go find an agent and get this thing listed”.

But that’s not the only way to handle real estate, and sometimes it’s certainly not the most efficient.

Sometimes, you might even have a home that simply won’t sell, and need some advanced tips or out of the box thinking to get it in front of potential buyers.

So, let’s take a look at what are some of the best ways to get your home sold, some of which are focused on top-dollar while others are more focused on timeliness.

The classic method of listing with a real estate agent

Listing with a real estate agent isn’t a bad thing to do, but there are times when it’s more beneficial to do it.

When you list with an agent, you’re essentially outsourcing the showcasing of the house to someone else so you don’t have to deal with the marketing and touring with potential buyers.

But there are pre-requisites for listing with an agent effectively.

When listing with an agent you’re generally committing to making the house look as good as you can with curb appeal as well as maintenance.

The more repairs and updates you make to a home, the better chances of getting it sold at the value that you’re expecting.

If you’re unable to make repairs or update things like a coat of paint, a few appliances, or some cabinetry or ceiling fans, then you’re risking not only taking longer to sell the home but also getting less money for the house.

That’s because buyers are generally going to see the flaws in the home and use that as leverage during the price negotiations.

Your listing agent isn’t going to like that because they get more on commission when the sale price is higher.

But if your agent only cares about that and doesn’t actually assist with getting the home up to par, then you don’t have a top quality agent working with you.

The best real estate agents focus on improving the home as much as possible and using excellent marketing techniques.

This may include some drone aerial footage, staging with awesome professional photography, virtual video tours, and even some online marketing ads.

If the agent doesn’t do anything of the sort, then they aren’t well-versed in selling and these are just basic techniques when it comes to making something appealing to the audience.

Going the ‘ole For Sale By Owner route

If you’re looking at selling the house on your own, consider this:

There are pros and cons to doing it on your own.

The obvious con is that you’re not going to get listed on the MLS, which is where other real estate agents representing a buyer are going to find the property.

Does that mean you’re screwed out of reaching the majority of the population?

Not at all.

Now, before we get into what the means, the other con to consider is the fact that you’re going to be spending a lot of your own time making the house look pretty and showing buyers around.

When it comes to hiring a real estate agent, it’s mostly a time for money sort of thing in addition to their marketing skills and access to the MLS.

So, what are the pros to listing on your own?

Well, you can skip out on paying 3% commission on the sale price of the property.

For a home that’s being sold at $200,000, that means you’re keeping $6,000 in your pocket.

The worst part about commissions is that a small portion of it only goes to the agent.

Their broker receives the lion’s share, so you really don’t have to feel bad about it.

Now, when you list on your own, you have to find a way to reach buyers.

Some ways of doing that may include putting up signs, reaching out to your network, and putting up some ads on online classified sites like Craigslist.

But one other thing that most individuals don’t know about is using online marketing ads.

One of the most powerful tools at your disposal is actually using something like Facebook ads to get your website in front of people.

If you create an ad for Facebook, you can target other homeowners in your city and simple run an ad for a few days that says something as simple as “Interested in a home in [insert area here]? I’m selling my home! Click here to check it out!”

This ad can then just be a lead form that gives you their contact information or you can stand up a website for free at any of the free site creators, such as,, or, and simply have a landing page that talks about your home.

Take pictures of the interior and exterior, show what is in the neighborhood, where it’s near, what types of markets or activities are nearby, and all other benefits that you can possibly think of.

You might spend about $50-$100 bucks on an ad that runs for 5 days, and you’re going to still save $5,900 by marketing it yourself.

There’s a slight learning curve, but the cost is super low.

Make sure that you take an awesome photo of your house.

The best is to do an aerial drone photo if you have any friends that can do it or if you can hire someone for a small fee to get it done for you.

The quickest way to get your house sold

If time is the most important factor, then this is for you:

Selling your house generally takes time.

You’r dealing with preparations, showings, and negotiations with potential buyers.

This can often takes weeks or months to go through.

So, what’s the absolute fastest way to get your house sold?

An investor that’s willing to pay cash.

Usually, this is the best option for people going through foreclosure.

That’s because when people are threatened by foreclosure, they’re on a really tight timeline before their home simply goes through an auction.

An investor can purchase the house in cash before that happens and they gets the homeowners out of forbearance, totally saving their credit reports and taking the burden of that house off of their shoulders.

You don’t need to be going through foreclosure to work with an investor.

The downside to using them is that you’re going to get less than market value.

30% less, to be exact.

For investors, the numbers have to make sense in order for them to make any profit.

That means when they buy a property, the cost of the property plus its necessary repairs must come out to 70% or less of the after-repair-value (the value that it can be sold on the market for).

Does that mean you’d be losing a lot of cash on the deal?

Yes, and no.

Investors take care of all the repairs, fees, and closing costs.

In a normal deal, you might sell your house for $100,000.

You put $5,000 towards repairs.

Closing costs are about $5,000, bringing you down to $90,000.

And your commissions at 3% are about $3,000, so now you’re at $87,000.

All the while it took you 1 month to find a contractor to make the repairs and 2 months to get the home sold on the market.

An investor will come in at around $70,000.

So, while you are selling at a lesser price, you’re not actually losing $30,000.

You’re saving 3 months of your time.

For people where time is the biggest factor, either because of financial reasons, relocation, or other issues that arise, this is the best option.

Go out there and get that property sold!

These are some of the lesser-known tips related to selling your house.

Take this knowledge and get out there and sell that property, whether you’re selling your own house or other peoples’ homes.

Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve anything to add, and always, check back on our homepage to find some more information related to the housing market!

Is Foreclosure Looming Over You?

One of the absolute worst things that a homeowner can experience is the prospect of foreclosure.

When you’re on the verge of losing your house and being forced onto the streets or to find another place due to financial strain, there’s a type of mental stress that is experienced in few other cases.

Additionally, it reduces home values of a neighborhood, which can cause a situation with the neighbors or friends in the area.

Even though you aren’t being physically harmed or threatened, knowing that the bedrock under your foundation is crumbling before your eyes is one of the toughest things to experience.

Despite the storm of negative emotions going on within you, it’s important to realize that there are in fact other options when something like foreclosure is pending.

Actually, one of the best articles we’ve found to date, 7 ways to stop foreclosure at the last minute, goes over several of the most effective options of handling foreclosure by either putting a stop to it or delaying it until you can get back on your feet.

The beauty to some of the tips presented in that article is that some things are much easier than most homeowners believe them to be. Understanding that the last thing a lender wants to do is put your home up for auction because it causes them to lose much more than if they were to be able to work with you can be a freeing thought.

Take a look at that article, and see if there are any other options available to you before your home is foreclosed. You might be able to get rid of that entire burden without having to lose the home, or at least getting some money in your pocket for the next step of your life.

In most cases, we find that homeowners think they’re stuck with what is happening and either let their home go into foreclosure or they file for bankruptcy. The latter will help delay the home’s auction, but it will inevitably continue unless you can handle the back-payments or find a buyer for the home quickly. In other cases, people sign under a real estate agent in an attempt to sell the home on the MLS, but they end up not finding a buyer in time and losing the home.

It’s important to know your options. Do your research and make the best decision with what you have. In any cases, take action and try to do something about the home. Don’t let it sit until the last minute.

Information in this article provided by Home Buyer Houston, an investor company.

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Houston Strong

After Hurricane Harvey, Houstonians continue to stay strong as we slowly but surely recover from the devastation of those floods. Even while no one knew what was going to happen to the real estate market, Houston recovers quickly and remains strong, just as it did during the market crash of 2008.

8 months later, the real estate investment market is booming, and most of the homes that were affected by floods currently undergo or have already undergone a remodel and are now being put back on the market. This is real estate investors doing their job — keeping properties that go through devastation or neglect from remaining in such a state. Taking responsibility of those homes and restoring them to a point where a family can settle down and grow their families is something they’ve been doing for years. Without them, homes would sit dilapidated and would remain so as neighborhoods deteriorate and sections of the city would just stay ugly and uninhabited.

Over 60,000 people were displaced by Hurricane Harvey, damaging 203,000 homes, of which 12,700 were utterly destroyed. It caused $125 billion dollars in total damage, resulting in new policies and requirements for home elevation, ditches, and drainage maintenance to prevent future issues.

Here’s to the real estate investors in Houston taking on the homes that were devastated in the floods and bringing them back to the market so quickly. In most cases, they’ve bailed out the homeowners who had no insurance coverage and couldn’t otherwise make the repairs needed, so they were able to get out of the mortgage responsibility and move on with their lives. For homeowners that still need to sell their home fast, it’s better to make sure that you move on that quickly before conditions in the market change or the situation with the house worsens. The last thing you want is a building to get worse and have more damage from absorbed water or leaks that can bring the home to a worst case scenario where it’s a tear-down.