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Remodeling Tips To Sell Your House Faster

You are ready to sell your house and it’s time to get it ready to sell. But you know first you need to do some updates so that it will sell faster. When you stand back and look at the projects that need to be done can seem a little overwhelming. All the things that need to be done like new floors, maybe new cabinets in the kitchen, completely gutting the bathrooms and rebuilding them, it’s enough to make you pull your hair out. However, with some proper planning, renovating your house can and will go a lot easier.

Make An Itemized Budget For Your Renovation

The first thing that you need to take into consideration is your budget. If you get to the home improvement store and just start picking out things you will soon discover just how much your remodel is going to cost you and may run out of money. It’s best to have a set number in mind about how much you can spend, then shop for the materials that you want to use in your project.

Curbed has an excellent article that will give you some more great tips about how to properly budget for your remodel:

Create a detailed budget and revise as you go. In our case, we were working with a contractor and an architect. The contractor’s fees included some materials (including paint) but not most fixtures and finishes—that’s the grab-bag term for tile, flooring, countertops, kitchen cabinets, faucets, lighting, door knobs, appliances and more). We made a room-by-room spreadsheet of all the things we’d have to buy, and then did initial research on prices. We labeled that column “Budget.” As the project progressed and some of the prices seemed too low or too high, we adjusted them in a column called “Projection.” Finally, as we ordered each item, we filled in a column called “Actual.”

The three columns let us create a budget, revise it as we went without losing sight of our original plan, and track the amount we actually spent. We used a similar system for keeping track of what we paid the contractor and architect over the course of the project.

Don’t forget taxes and shipping. When you’re researching costs for your initial budget, it’s easy to forget additional costs. Especially if you shop online regularly, you may be used to free shipping. But, counter-intuitively, lots of major purchases you’ll make for your renovation have serious delivery fees. And while taxes are relatively palatable on, say, a $100 pair of jeans, the taxes on $3,000 worth of kitchen cabinets makes them cost $270 more. I wish our budget spreadsheet had included a column automatically adding 9% for taxes and $100 to $500 for heavy deliveries, like cabinets, tile and appliances.

Read The Full Article “What I wish I’d known when budgeting for a renovation” Here

That is excellent advice on using a spreadsheet for a detailed budget for all of your fixtures and materials. More than likely though, no matter how much you allocate for your remodel, there will always be incidentals, to so don’t forget to have some money allocated for that.

Proper Planning Will Go A Long Way

Just starting to rip things out and planning your renovation by the seat of your pants just won’t fly. Without some careful planning you will run into more issues, make the project take longer and in the long run may cost you even more money. The last thing you want is to complete your renovation and it not be functional, or look like it was haphazardly done.

Zillow just put out a good article that talks about space, which is probably the biggest thing to consider before and during your renovation:

Check the space allocation

Having enough space, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, can make or break a home. You can install gorgeous flooring, countertops and fixtures, but if your knees touch the wall or the bathtub when you’re sitting on the toilet, the amenities won’t make up for it. And if you forget to take large kitchen appliances into consideration, you can end up with a cramped space that only looked great on paper.

Before you gut the house and start moving walls, take the time to triple check your measurements.

Draw out your space with accurate measurements of desired appliances included before you change a wall or buy a tub. Make sure there is enough room for doors to open and close with ease. Ideally, you should be able to open your cabinet door and your oven door at the same time.

Remember — it’s easier and less expensive to make changes before you buy new appliances or knock down a wall.

Read The Full Article “4 Things to Do Before Gutting a Home” Here

Space allocation is probably the biggest problem we see with do it yourselfer’s projects in kitchens and bathrooms when we inspect properties to purchase. Unfortunately many times the owner thinks they have done a wonderful job, when in reality they have made a huge mess that needs to be completely gutted and redone.

Summing It Up

Make sure you sit down and do some proper planning before starting any renovation project. Without proper planning you may run out of money, may not end up with a functional space, or worse yet may not even finish the project. Be sure and have enough of a budget to get your remodeling job done.

If you don’t want to deal with all of these hassles, don’t forget that here at Mandich Property Group we will buy your house as is, without you having to do a single thing to it.

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Should I Sell My House As Is

There is a lot to consider when it comes time to sell your house. One question that pops up quite often is “should I sell my house as is?”.  This is a great question, but really needs some careful thought and consideration. You have to ask yourself how much are you willing to invest in your property, do you have the money you need to make all the repairs and lastly will you recover that money you invest getting your house in tip top condition. These are just a few of the things you need to consider. If you are wondering if you should sell as is – keep reading.

Who Will Buy Your Home As Is?

This is really important and depends on how extensive the repairs are that need to be done. The balance wrote an excellent article that covers some of this:

Do Home Buyers Want Fixers or Fixed Up Homes?

Some home buyers want to buy a fixer upper home, but generally these buyers want a home that will require light cosmetic repairs. Buyers who gravitate toward fixers are those who either don’t qualify to buy a more expensive home or those who want to make a profit by fixing the home themselves.

I’ve yet to meet a novice first-time home buyer who says, “Give me a home I can tear down to the studs.” Most fixer buyers are willing to do simple repairs such as paint the walls, put in new carpeting or replace light fixtures. They typically don’t want to rebuild a foundation or move walls.

Fixer-upper buyers will discount the price of the home to allow for the repairs and, for the inconvenience, a bit more. Say, a home is worth $100,000 fixed up, but it needs a new roof. A new roof might cost $10,000. A buyer most likely will not offer $90,000 for this home. Otherwise, they could buy an identical home with a new roof for $100,000 and not have the hassle.

A buyer for this type of home might offer $75,000, or even less. In this scenario, a seller would be smarter to pay for a new roof and sell the home for $100,000.

Moreover, many buyers will not buy a home that needs a new roof. They will worry the work involved will cost more than what they anticipated. Perhaps replacing the roof would involve tearing off the sheathing and repairing rafters, which could add to the cost. Most buyers want a home that is in move-in condition. By not making repairs, you will limit the number of buyers who may be attracted to your home.

Read The Full Article “Should I Fix Up My Home or Try to Sell As Is?” Here

This is generally the case when you put your house on the market and are trying to attract your regular home buyer that is purchasing the property through conventional loans. But what if you don’t have the 10k that is required to put a new roof on?

What If You Don’t Have The Money To Make Repairs?

Unfortunately this is often the case for a lot of homeowners that are living from pay check to pay check. Furthermore you may be in a position where you need to sell your property very quickly. In this situation you can always sell your property to real estate investors. You can always go to the internet and perform a search like “we buy houses any condition” to find investors that will do just that, buy your property in it’s present condition.

This is a good option for anyone that needs to sell quickly. But if you are not in a rush you can always list your property with an agent and market the property as “handyman special” or “fixer upper” to make sure you attract the right kind of buyer.

The next thing  you have to consider is the cost of the amount of repairs that need to be performed on the property. You may actually end up spending more money on your property than what you will be able to sell the house for. Just because you have 150k in your house doesn’t mean that it will sell for that, especially if all the properties surrounding you are selling for 100k. This scenario is another good reason to consider selling to an investor.

You Must Be Truthful When Selling As Is

The last thing we want to cover about selling “as-is” is what you have to be careful about. Selling your property as is doesn’t mean that you don’t have to disclose problems with the property. While a good inspector will pick up on many things for the buyer, you still have to disclose things like foundation issues and the like that you are aware of, or asked about.

This was emphasized in this article:

What Selling As-Is Does Not Mean

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the mistaken impression that selling as-is relieves them from all the general obligations that come with the sale of a home. They imagine that they can unload the property for whatever price they can get while avoiding the need to talk about or disclose any issues with the home.

Selling as is does not relieve you from your legal obligation to answer questions honestly concerning the existing problems with the home per the rules of your state.

Read The Full Article “Pros and Cons of Selling a Home As Is” Here

The writer of that article goes on to explain in more detail about disclosure, but for the state of Massachusetts. However Georgia has a lot to say about disclosure when selling your property:

Although Georgia law does not require a seller to fill out a specific disclosure form, the law does require a seller to inform a buyer about any known material (important) defects in the condition of the home. There’s an exception if the defect would be discovered by the buyer upon a reasonable inspection, but that’s meant to cover fairly obvious things – for example, you don’t need to point out, “the porch roof has collapsed,” if anyone looking at the property can see that the porch roof has collapsed.

The Georgia seller must also honestly answer a buyer’s questions about the home. Buyers might ask about anything from what repairs you’ve done in the past to how your dealings with the neighbors have been. Attempting to obfuscate can lead to lawsuits later, so it’s best to be honest and open.

Again, however, you are not supposed to wait for questions if a defect is “material” and not readily visible. Georgia courts have generally held that a defect is “material” if the buyer would consider it material; that is, if known to a prospective buyer, it would cause that person to not buy the property, or to pay less for it -– such as, for instance, the fact that it was built on unstable ground.

As a general rule, in order to prevent later accusations of misrepresentation or fraud from a buyer, as a seller in Georgia you should be upfront, answer the buyer’s questions, and tell the buyer about any problems you are aware of regarding the condition of the home (most likely by filling out the optional standard form described below).

Read The Full Article “Selling a Georgia Home: What Are My Disclosure Obligations?” Here

We agree that it’s much better to disclose any problems with the property that you are aware of to the buyer. In the long run it could save you a lot of headaches and a long drawn out law suit that could cost you thousands.

Summing It Up

There are a few factors that you must think about when it comes to selling your house as is. Really you are the only person that can decide if it’s right for you. If you have the money to have the repairs made and have the time, then no – go ahead and have them done so you will bring a higher price for your property. But if you are short on cash and don’t have the time, then selling as is may be the route you need to take.

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How We Buy Houses For Cash Works

You may have heard of the “We Buy Houses For Cash” people and wonder what it’s all about. You may be wondering who they are and just exactly how does it work. In this short article we will give you the answers to these questions.

Who Are The We Buy Houses People?

Just who are these companies? Typically they are local companies that want to buy houses that are in need of repairs or updates, or more familiarly know as “we buy houses”. They want to purchase your property, make the needed repairs and updates, then turn around and sell it to another buyer at full retail price. Sometimes they purchase properties where there is a landlord that is tired of renting out a property, nicer homes where couples are getting divorced or even have to sell because of a new job in another city.

Typically these companies do pay with cash. As we covered in our previous article “Who Will Buy My House For Cash?” we explained that no matter how you sell your property, rather it be to an investor or conventional buyer, whatever equity you have in the house you will walk away with cash. Whatever loans, mortgages or liens you have against the property will be paid out first. Whatever is left, you get, usually in the form of a wire transfer to your bank. The nice thing about these companies is that by paying with cash there is no waiting on mortgage approvals, so they have the ability to close in a fraction of the time that it takes with a conventional buyer.

You may have seen their signs on the side of the road “we buy houses” or “we buy houses any condition”. Before you choose one to do business with we highly suggest that you research them online first and make sure they are a legitimate company.

How Does We Buy Houses For Cash Work?

Down to the nitty gritty 🙂  Just how does it work? Instead of making you take our word for it we found  a good article from The Truth About Realty that explains it very well, and then some:

How We Buy Houses Works

I checked out their website, read their FAQ, and think I have a pretty good understanding about how the process works. It seems fairly straightforward.

Basically you ask them to make an offer on your home and they’ll show up to take a look at the property. They’ll conduct a walk-through, and probably do some appraising once they get back to the office to better understand the property market where your home is located.

After all, the property itself is just one piece of the pie – its location is also key to valuing it properly, especially since the home’s current state will likely be improved before it is resold by the company.

From there you’ll receive a “no-obligation all cash offer” to purchase your home that you can consider, accept, or reject. If you agree, they will apparently pay “most normal closing costs” and you won’t have to worry about things like real estate commissions or make repairs.

So the upside here is that if you need/want to sell your home ASAP, you might be able to with a buyer like We Buy Houses with little or no work…

They also offer to buy homes when the mortgage financing isn’t ideal, perhaps because of a high interest rate and the inability to refinance, or an adjustable-rate mortgage that becomes too expensive. Someone facing the prospect of foreclosure could also potentially own an ugly home…

They also seem to target homes with problematic renters, or homes that were inherited that the family doesn’t want to deal with.

Read The Full Article “We Buy Houses Review: Should You Sell Them Your House?” Here

A lot of good information there.

Pros And Cons Of Using We Buy Houses Companies

It’s important to note that there are some real pros and cons to selling your property this way. As we stated earlier you have to do your homework and make sure you are dealing with a reputable company.

Some real pros and cons were covered in a good article from The Money Advice Service:


Quick house sale companies can provide a useful service for homeowners who need to unlock cash in a hurry. Some companies are able to buy your house within days and pay all fees (such as for solicitors and searches) for you.

For example to:

  • Avoid repossession, clear debts or sort out financial issues
  • Dispose of inherited property
  • Move for age or health related reasons
  • Sell as a result of divorce or relationship breakdown
  • Relocate due to a change of job or to emigrate
  • Try a different route if unable to sell through a traditional estate agent – get around issues that have made a property hard to sell, for example with a short lease or if a property has a high risk of flooding


  • Some companies agree to buy a house, but then reduce the price at the very last minute
  • Fee structures are not always made clear to the customer
  • Some companies make false property valuations
  • Some contracts tie customers in, preventing them from selling to anyone else who might come along with a better offer

Read The Full Article “Quick house sales” Here

Again, it’s really important to do your homework and make sure you know who you are dealing with and they have simple to understand contracts.

Summing It Up

Selling your house to one of these companies may be of interest to you, especially if you haven’t kept up with repairs and maintenance. Most “we buy houses for cash” companies are legit. However there are a few out there that give the industry a bad rap. Just make sure you know who you are dealing with. Research them on the web and make sure they have an established presence and no bad reviews.

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Getting Your Kitchen Ready To Sell Your Home Quickly

Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task. You may know that you need to do some things to get your house ready to put on the market and have a huge list of things to do. If your house is older you know that you have to perform some updates to compete with other properties in your neighborhood that are for sale. So where is the best place to put your money? Kitchens and bathrooms. In this short article we will cover the first – kitchens.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen To Help Sell Your House Fast

The kitchen in your house is usually the most used room in the house (unless you eat out for every meal). For many families it’s where they unwind and talk about their day. Having a functional kitchen is a great way to spark interest in buyers looking for a new home.

So how can you spruce up, or bring new life into your kitchen? Bank Rate gives some great suggestions:

1. Make your kitchen really cook. The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. Potential home buyers make a beeline for this room when they first view a home for sale, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.

For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.

If you’ve got a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. “Rather than spring for a whole new cabinet system, which can be expensive, look into hiring a refacing company,” says serial remodeler Gwen Moran, co-author of “Build Your Own Home on a Shoestring.”

“Many companies can remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes, then add brand-new doors and drawers. With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new.”

If you’re handy, you can order your own replacement cabinet doors and door fronts from retailers like Lowe’s Home Improvement or The Home Depot and install them yourself.

Read The Full Article “10 cheap fixes to boost the value of your home” Here

Great tips, and ones that we actually follow. Many times when we renovate a property we keep the cabinet boxes and replace the doors and drawer faces. With that we also replace handles, lighting fixtures as well as the faucet. Something we also do is replace formica counter tops with granite, but this isn’t for everyone because this can really run up the cost of updating your kitchen. After you do all of these updates you may stand back and look at it, like it and think twice about selling your property 🙂

updating kitchen for a fast home sale

Kitchen Colors

This is something that you must consider carefully. The one thing that we always look at first is the size of the kitchen as well as it’s natural lighting. If the kitchen is small and doesn’t have much natural light the last thing you want to do is have dark cabinets and dark walls. It will make the kitchen more gloomy and feel smaller. Instead if it’s small and not much natural light consider painting the cabinets white and stick to lighter earth tones on the walls.

On the other hand, if you have a large and well lit kitchen you can have darker cabinets and walls.

We found an interesting article from Zillow about kitchen colors that really surprised us:

2. Blue kitchens and blue bathrooms

Beyond America’s obsession with lawns and all-around “curb appeal,” what’s inside your house counts a lot, too — especially the colors you’ve painted the rooms (particularly the kitchen).

According to Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis, which examined more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country, homes with blue kitchens sold for a $1,809 premium, compared to similar homes with white kitchens.

Blue is also a popular bathroom shade. The same analysis found that homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for a whopping $5,440 more.

Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray can be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features.

Read The Full Article “4 Surprising Things That May Increase How Much Your Home Is Worth” Here

We never would have thought that about using blue. However we’re not that brave to jump on that band wagon just yet. We have seen trending for some time now the use of light gray throughout the home.

Summing It Up

The condition and look of your kitchen will most certainly affect how fast you bring in a buyer for your house. The biggest thing we can recommend is pay attention to the size and natural light in the kitchen before you make any decisions about the colors that you choose.

Remember, if you don’t want the hassles of cleaning or updating your kitchen, bathrooms or any part of your property, we buy houses in any condition and buy them as is. You can contact us for an offer on your property at (770) 756-8680.

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Getting Bathrooms Ready To Help Sell Your House Faster

If you are getting ready to put your property on the market one of the best things you can do to help increase your properties selling value is some maintenance or upgrades to your bathrooms. In this short article we will cover a few things that you can do on a budget as well as things you have to take into consideration when making updates.

Simple Touch Ups and Maintenance To Increase Value

Almost everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms are what really set off one property from another. A bathroom can be a relaxing oasis for many housewives and mothers to escape a hectic day. For this reason you need to pay specific attention to the bathrooms before you put your property up for sale.

Surprisingly enough there are some things that you can do to help breath new life into your existing bathroom to help sell your house faster. Most people think that they have to do a complete gut and remodel. However, if you bathroom has “good bones” you will be able to save yourself a few bucks.

A few of those things were covered in an article by This Old House:

Brokers, one and all, say spiffing up the kitchen and bath is a sure bet for adding value to your home. Surveyed brokers say these kinds of improvements can get expensive. It may not be economical to do a major renovation if you are trying to spend as little as possible before putting a house up for sale. But some upgrades are cheap, easy, and fast…especially in the bathroom.

Replace frosted glass for clear glass, clean the grout, remove rust stains, apply fresh caulk, update doorknobs and cabinet pulls, replace faucets, and install a low-flush toilet. Even buying a new toilet seat can make a difference. Bailey says, “You can spend $500 on a bathroom, and it’s totally tuned up.”

Read The Full Article “Brokers Tell All: 10 Ways to Boost House Value” Here

Great tips, especially for being able to spend $500 or less to breath new life in to a bathroom in a house that you are getting ready to sell. However, if you do plan on replacing the toilet make sure that it is something that you feel comfortable with, or higher a professional. If a toilet is not installed correctly – well it can be a real mess and end up costing you much more!

Things To Take Into Consideration For Major Remodels

Your bathroom might just be to outdated to just “put some lipstick” on to make it appealing to a potential buyer.  Your bathroom may have green or pink tile from the 60’s or 70’s and you need to perform a major renovation before putting the property on the market.

It can be a real hassle, and the last thing you want is to get it all done and not end up with a product that is NOT functional. Some things that you have to think about before starting your project was covered by Zillow in a short article:

Mistake 1: Ignoring proper spacing and layout

Bathrooms may seem straightforward, but a lack of spatial awareness in the renovation planning stages can lead to problems down the road.

Remember: Just because you can fit something into the bathroom design doesn’t mean it can function within that space. Always keep function in the forefront of your mind and in your design.

For example, if you choose a shower with a door, your bathroom layout should leave plenty of room for it to fully open. No potential home buyer will want to squeeze out of a partially opened shower door every morning. Other considerations include providing enough space to comfortably get on and off the toilet, open cabinet doors, etc.

Spatial considerations also include making sure elements of the room are close enough together to function. For example, the toilet paper holder should be within a child’s arm’s reach of the toilet, and outlets should be easily accessible from the counter.

Mistake 2: Choosing the wrong materials

Because of the sink, toilet and shower, bathrooms deal with more moisture than any other room in the house. Homeowners also use many of the strongest cleaning products on bathroom surfaces. Both of these factors, if not taken into consideration, can lead to significant damage if you don’t select the right materials for the job.

Go with materials that can stand up to harsh cleaners and are not highly susceptible to mold, warping or distortion. Avoid porous materials that will retain moisture and allow hidden mold to grow.

Read The Full Article “What NOT to Do When Remodeling Bathrooms” Here

Great tips. The last thing you want is to finish your bathroom after spending thousands of dollars on it only to find that it’s hard for more than one person to use it at a time. Also choosing the wrong materials can really make things bad. Have you ever seen a bathroom that had carpet in it around the toilet and bath tub? We have and we can tell you from experience that it is GROSS! Also, your house may have hardwoods throughout, but real hardwoods won’t be able to hold up against the added moisture from a tub. Now days you can find actual tile that looks like hardwood if that is the route you want to go.

Summing It Up

If your bathroom isn’t to far gone, or if your house is newer, say 15 years old or so – you can just do a little maintenance and have your bathroom looking new again. If however you have an ugly bathroom you will have to do a little more to get it ready to go on the market. Just remember to do some prior planning and use the right materials.

If all of this is too much for you, remember, here at Mandich Property Group we buy houses in any condition. We don’t care how old or rough looking your bathroom is, we will buy it as is.

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Can You Sell Your House Without An Agent?

You may be in a position where it’s time to sell your house. You may need a larger property due to an expanding family, or the opposite down sizing because you are an empty nester or  a host of other reasons. Now you could be asking yourself or wondering if you can sell your house without an agent. The short answer is yes, and we are going to cover a few things in this article to help you do just that.

How To Sell Your House Yourself By Owner

There are some distinct advantages of selling your home yourself. The first and most obvious reason is the amount of money that you can potentially save yourself. It could be as much as 3 percent of your actually selling price. Simple math – if you sell your home for $100k, that’s 3K that you get to keep.

On For Sale By Owner’s website they wrote a great article about selling a property on your own:

How much money can a homeowner save by not using an agent?
If you cut out all agents—meaning post your own online ad, put out a yard sign, and sold your home on your own—you would essentially cut out on average about 6 percent of commission. On a $300,000 home, that’s about $18,000 of savings. There are some markets—and I believe Maine is one of them—where commissions run even higher, I believe 7.5 to 8 percent.

Why wouldn’t a home seller need to use an agent?
The No. 1 reason that you don’t need an agent to sell your house is the rise of the Internet. The Internet has essentially changed the face of real estate. It’s essentially leveled the playing field across the market. The Internet allows sellers to easily market their homes to millions of people within minutes. Pricing information—recently sold homes, the competitive landscape of the homes that are being sold—is accessible within seconds on a search engine. Ten years ago, agents controlled all the information, and that’s why you had to go to them. Today, it’s a completely different ballgame.

What about someone who has never sold a home before?
Again, with the Internet allowing access to information, companies like ours provide information and show sellers step-by-step instructions on how to sell your home. That information is easily readable. We provide it—and other services provide it—to bring that confidence to that person who has not done it.

Read The Full Article “Selling a House Without an Agent” Here

Good info from them, however when they calculate saving 6% of your sales price, that is also assuming that the person buying your house doesn’t use a real estate agent either. We totally agree with them that because of the internet selling a property on your own is a whole lot easier these days.

Preparing To Sell By Owner

So what are some of the things that you need to be prepared for when getting ready to sell? Bank Rate put up an article that covers a few of the things that you need to think about before putting the for sale sign in the front yard:

1. Do I know the value of my home today?

A common mistake FSBO sellers make is pricing their home too high, leaving the property to languish on the market.

“When a home sits for a long while, buyers start to wonder what is wrong with it,” says Piper Nichole, author of “The For Sale By Owner Handbook.” “The best option is to come out of the gate priced right.”

To market a home competitively, sellers should research the final sale prices of similar properties in their community.

Real estate websites typically offer local sales trend information, selling prices for comparable homes (“comps”) in the community and the average length of time on the market. But these websites do not have all the data that a real estate agent has access to, so it might be worth asking a Realtor to perform a market analysis or hiring an appraiser.

Many real estate websites offering a quick estimate “are not doing a market analysis, they’re just writing an algorithm,” says Michael Seward, broker and owner of Michael Seward Real Estate.

2. Can I work with a buyer’s agent?

In a typical real estate transaction, you would hire an agent to list your home and you would pay a fee, traditionally about 6 percent of the purchase price, Nichole says. The buyer’s agent and seller’s agent often split the commission in half.

But if you’re selling on your own, sometimes you can offer a commission to the buyer’s agent to incentivize them to show your home. The commission is about 3 percent of the sales price. A buyer’s agent typically expects this, so not paying a commission could shrink your pool of potential buyers.

However, you should first learn about your state’s real estate laws so you don’t overpay the buyer’s agent or get stuck in a transaction that’s more harmful for you.

“It’s been my experience that a lot of real estate agents don’t know the laws or the code of ethics,” Seward says. “If you offer a commission to a buyer’s agent, familiarize self with state and local laws first.”

Read The Full Article “Should you sell your home without a real estate agent?” Here

Those are 2 really good points, with the first probably being the most important. You need to competitively price your property to make sure that you get a buyer in the time frame that you have to work with. Over pricing it could keep you from selling your house for a long time. Again, with the rise of the internet, this is much easier to do.

As far as working with a buyer’s agent, that’s usually not that hard to do, as long as you pay them. In Georgia it’s usually 3%.

In Conclusion

Yes, you can sell your house yourself without an agent. You will save some money by not using a realtor on your end, but your buyer may have a contract with a realtor and you will have to pay them. Make sure you price the home right and you should be able to sell your property in no time.

An easy way to sell your house yourself fast is to contact real estate investors who buy houses. You can always find them by performing a search on the web like “we buy houses” with your city at the end and you should find someone to buy your property fairly quickly. If you are in the Metro Atlanta area, we would like the opportunity to buy your house. You can reach us at (770) 756-8680.

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How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast

How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast Without An Agent

You may be in a situation where you need to sell your property quickly to raise capital, and don’t want to lower how much money you will walk away with from the deal by listing the property. You know that it can be as much as 6% of your selling price that is paid out by selling with realtors. So you may be thinking of trying to sell your house yourself  without an agent and need to sell it quickly. Good news – it can be done.

How To Get Your House To Sell Quickly

Whatever the reason that you need to sell your property quickly, there are a few things that you have to do first to make sure that it does just that. You can’t just wake up one day and decide that you are going to put a for sale sign in the front yard and hope that a buyer comes in (unless you plan on selling to investors who buy houses in as is condition).

The first and most obvious thing that you need to do is to put things away and clean the house. Nobody is going to buy a house that is cluttered and dirty. Then you need to look around the house and see the things that are obvious and that need to be repaired, like leaking faucets and even burned out light bulbs.

Here is more along those lines about making repairs prior to marketing your property from Wiki:

3 – Have your home inspected. Many standard real estate contracts are going to give the home buyer the right to inspect the property, so be prepared. Have your home inspected before you advertise. Under a general inspection you might be obligated to make major repairs to appliances, plumbing, septic, electrical and heating systems, etc. You can expect your home’s roof and foundations to be inspected, as well. Follow the recommendations and make necessary repairs. Additional inspections requested by the buyer are customarily at their expense.

4 – As much as possible, get your home in move-in condition before you put it on the market. Buyers of homes are inherently lazy. If they feel like they’ll need to do extra landscaping, plumbing, appliance and electrical work before they can enjoy the house, they’ll balk when it comes to buy, even if the rest of your house is an absolute steal. So make it easy for them. Hire a handyman or general contractor to get the home as ready to move into as possible.

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That’s really good info, especially about buyers being kind of lazy. The reality of it is that if it’s a family moving into the property with small children, they really aren’t going to have the time to make repairs.  Soccer games, band practice, swimming, you name it – they are just to busy being involved in their kids lives to spend a lot of time making little repairs. However, if you don’t have the money to make the repairs you can always advertise the property as “Handyman Special” which will then hopefully attract the right buyer and they know from the get go that they need to work on the property.

Start Marketing Your Property

Now you have the property presentable. It’s time to put that for sale by owner sign in the front yard! It can be an anxious time, but try to relax. Here are a few more things to help you to get people to call or come by to check out your property:

3. Market Your Property
In addition to listing the home on the MLS, advertise by putting up “for sale” signs, creating brochures, putting ads on Craigslist, and building a web site to market the property. offers home-selling packages for homeowners that begin at $69.95. The marketing packages include items like brochures and yard signs. There will be some costs involved in advertising the sale of your home, but they will be a fraction of an agent’s commission. The real cost is the amount of time and energy you will need to put into selling your home.

4. Hold an Open House
You can also hold an open house to advertise the sale of your home. Advertise for the open house by posting signs in your neighborhood. Have some light refreshments available and set out brochures about the home that visitors can take with them as they leave.

5. Know Your Property’s Selling Points
When writing your ad copy for websites or brochures, make sure to include basic information about the house, including the price, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, lot size, location, and of course the specific details that make the house special to potential buyers.

Take a look at other listings on Craigslist, Realtors’ websites, and Yahoo! Real Estate to get a sense of what sort of details sellers and agents are including in their listings. You’ll quickly find out that features like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and oversized windows entice buyers. Determine what’s special about your home and highlight those features in your marketing efforts.

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Great tips and we especially like the thought of having brochures for your property that potential buyers can take with them when they leave. Also listing your property on the numerous online website listing services is a great idea. Don’t forget about using social media as well like Facebook and Twitter.  You may not know it and one of your friends maybe looking for a house. The more eyes that see your property online, the faster you will bring in a buyer.

In Conclusion

You can sell on your own. It will take some doing though. No matter how you choose to sell, either with or without an agent, you will have to clean and make repairs to the property. Once everything is in order, market your property as many ways as you possibly can and afford.

If you want to sell your property without all the headaches, and you are in the Metro Atlanta area, you can always contact us for a free, no obligation offer on your property at (770) 756-8680.

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How Do I Sell My House For Cash

You may or may not have heard of selling your house for cash. You may be wondering just how to go about it and what the possible advantages could be. While it is true that when you sell your house your existing mortgage will be paid off. So what is all the hoopla about selling for cash. If you are one of the people wondering about it – keep reading because that’s what we are about to cover.

Advantages Of Selling Your House For Cash

First, why would you need to sell your house for cash? Typically people that want to sell their property for cash need a fast closing. When a buyer is paying cash there are no buyer mortgage contingencies to be concerned about. When a cash buyer puts your property under contract, which is usually a real estate investor, your house is as good as sold.

This was covered in an article by Steve McLinden:

Tops in the “pro” column are speed of sale and convenience. Once you accept a cash offer, you can often get your money in days. For folks facing a relocation, foreclosure or bankruptcy, this can be a life saver.

Fewer sales fall through

A cash sale also removes the all-too-familiar drill of accepting an offer only to lose the buyers at the last minute when they can’t qualify for a loan. Once the cash is passed along, there’s no backing out or last-second cold feet. Such cash sales typically close in 1 to 3 weeks compared to about 4 to 7 weeks on a conventional sale. Also, cash sales are typically “as is,” so there’s usually no major repainting and repairs needed.
Cash is king in a real estate deal … You’ll probably get a little less money out of the house, but you can avoid costly repairs and other complications.

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Steven also goes on to advise that you should get professional advice for pricing your home. With all of the tools on the internet it’s a whole lot easier these days. You can go online and check many house buying and selling sites like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia and find what comparables are selling for in your neighborhood. The important thing here is to make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

So why would someone need to close fast? Job relocation, trying to avoid a foreclosure on their credit, divorce and many other reasons. A cash buyer will help you achieve a fast sell with little chance of the sale falling through at the last minute.

How To Go About Selling Your House For Cash

The great thing about selling your property to investors is that they will buy the property in “as-is” condition. No need to make any repairs, and many times, you don’t even need to clean up the property like you would if you were selling to a retail buyer.

However you may just be looking for any cash buyer, and they are out there. There are parents out there that buy houses for their children. In this case you will have to do some clean up and make the house look presentable.

Some other things you might want to do were covered in this article:

Step 1

Gather up all of the pertinent information about your house. Make sure you have flattering pictures (taken in the spring or in the summer) plus the statistical information before you try to sell your homes online. Be sure that you have the square footage, the year the roof was replaced, the foundation type and everything else that might be in a listing. The more information the better. Unless it’s a dump. Then you might want to be creative.

Step 2

List your home on ebay. There should be a clickable link on this page. give your listing a precise title, not a cutesy title. No-one will be searching for a cute title, they search for things like “House for sale in Cambridge” or “Quick Sale in Moorpark.”

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In addition to listing your property on Ebay you can also list it on the other sites that we mentioned above to get it in front of more potential buyers. You may want to put in your listing that you are looking for “cash buyers only” to help keep down on the amount of buyers that are looking to purchase a property through a bank or mortgage company.

Summing It Up

The biggest advantage to selling your property for cash is that you don’t usually have to worry about the sale falling through at the last minute. You can also do it yourself without hiring an agent, just be sure and do your homework prior to advertising to make sure you price it right. Also, when you sell for cash the closing can usually happen in days compared to months that it sometimes takes when selling to a regular buyer that gets a mortgage.

Lastly, you can perform a search online like “cash buyer for my home” and a lot of investors should show up in your search. Contact them and if you like their offer – your done. You should have your property sold in just a few weeks.

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How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner

Quick Tips To Learn How To Sell Your House Fast By Owner

Selling a property these days doesn’t have to be that difficult. You don’t need to hire an agent, it can be done all on your own, provided you do a little research and preparation first. If you want to sell your property yourself quickly – keep reading for some helpful tips.

Probably the easiest way to sell your house yourself by owner fast is to contact a real estate investor. Usually these investors will buy your house in it’s present condition without you needing to make repairs. However this isn’t always the best option for everyone. You may have time to wait on a buyer, or may just want to hold out for a better offer. Whatever the case may be, there are a few things that you can do to help sell your property quicker yourself without hiring an agent.

Tips To Get A Buyer For Your House Quickly

You need to take a little time and get your house ready to sell before you put the “for sale by owner” sign in the front yard. The last thing you want to do is have that one buyer who would have bought your house turn away because you or your property weren’t ready.

Stacey Bradford gives some good info for anyone wanting to sell their property themselves:

1. Price it right
With homes sales slowing and prices plunging, there’s little doubt that selling for a good price in today’s market is going to be tricky. The median existing home price dropped more than 7% last month compared with the same month last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. So if you try to ask as much for your property as your neighbor got six months or a year ago, you’re going to turn off potential buyers. Instead, price your home conservatively by looking at similar houses currently on the market, says Michael Corbett, author of “Ready, Set, Sold!” Also look at the homes that aren’t selling. Chances are those owners priced their dwellings too high, he says.

“If you really want to stimulate a sale, you should under price your property by just a hair,” says Susan Singer, a New York-based real estate broker with Corcoran. Just shaving a few thousand dollars off can generate more foot traffic and create a buzz.

2. Make it inviting
There’s no faster way to turn off a potential buyer than to show them a home stuffed with kids’ toys, family knickknacks and a stinky kitty litter. Even stodgy furniture can make a property more difficult to unload. That’s why many high-end real estate agents employ professional “home stagers” when they want to guarantee a quick sale. For anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, these folks will do everything from remove clutter and rearrange furniture to rent all new furnishings. Corcoran’s Singer says her staged properties tend to sell faster and for more money than ones that aren’t prepped in this fashion.

Fortunately, there are some inexpensive things homeowners can do on their own to attract a buyer. Whether you live in a cozy Cape Cod or a 4,000-square-foot McMansion, make your space feel as open and clean as possible. Get rid of clutter, organize the closets and remove all personal items that may make it more difficult for someone to imagine living in your house, says Corbett. See our story for more ways to make your home inviting or watch our video for advice on how to do it on your own.

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A few good points made in that article. While the market may not be as bad as it was when that article was written, you still need to price the property right, maybe a little less than that of one that is comparable to yours in your neighborhood.

Susan also makes a good point about making sure your house is inviting and that things are put away. Another great idea for making sure your house is neat & tidy comes from Trulia:

1. Get a storage unit

You might think the easiest way to declutter your home is to shove everything into the closets. Bad idea: Anyone who tours your home is going to check out the storage spaces, and disorganized, overstuffed closets only serve as evidence that your home is lacking. Opt instead for a storage unit to house the things you won’t need while your home is on the market. The general rule? Get rid of a third of your stuff. “If you don’t use it every day, store it,” says Justin Seeby, principal at the Graham Seeby Group with Keller Williams Intown Realty in Atlanta, GA. Holiday decorations, baby gear, seasonal clothes, that bread maker you’ve never used — they can all go into storage. Bonus: If you choose a portable unit, it can be transported to your new home, making moving day a cinch.

2. Hire a professional to stage and photograph your home

A professional home stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective — a good one understands how to highlight its strengths and soften its flaws. Your buyer’s first impression will be the listing photos, and studies show that homes with more than six listing photos online are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers. But not everyone wants their home staged (or has the money for it). Forss poses another option: “A friend can stand at the curb and walk through the house with fresh eyes to offer their perspective on decluttering, and then the agent can go through from a marketing standpoint. Either way, staging of some sort is necessary on almost every home, no matter how beautiful it is.”

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Using a portable storage unit is great advice to help make moving day a whole lot easier! We also like point #2 of hiring a photographer. You may be able to stage your house yourself, if you are good at decorating and keeping up with the latest trends, but taking really good photos is another thing. Some people are good at taking photos, but just using the camera on your smart phone isn’t going to cut it here. You have heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and when posting photos of your property online or any other advertising platform, you want to show your house in the best light possible.

Summing It Up

You can sell your house yourself by owner, provided you follow the above steps. It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process, as long as you get your house ready before you put it on the market. Price it right, tidy up the home and either put things away or store them and make sure you have professional photos taken to make your house look the best it possibly can to potential buyers.

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Who Will Buy My House For Cash?

Who Will Buy Your House With Cash?

You may have a house that you need to sell quickly and don’t know where to turn. You may be in a situation where you are in dire need of some funds and have a property that you can liquidate to raise those funds, but don’t have months to wait on a buyer to close on your property. So where do you turn? Who will buy your house? That’s what we are about to cover, so read on.

Typically people that will buy your house with cash are real estate investors. These investors have cash to pay for houses which means they are able to close quickly. They don’t have to wait weeks to see if they can qualify or even jump through all of the hoops for applying for a mortgage loan.

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat first. No matter how you choose to sell your house, when you leave the closing table you will walk away with cash, it’s just the way it works. If you currently have a mortgage on your property and you sell to a regular buyer, at closing your mortgage is paid off by the new buyer. If you have any equity in the house, then you receive those proceeds.

Advantages In Selling Your Home To A Cash Buyer

So what are some of the advantages of selling your property to a cash buyer who doesn’t have to wait on loan approvals? This was covered well by Maximum Exposure Real Estate:

1. It’s easy.

Selling a home that needs work can be challenging if you want to get the best possible price. With a house flipping company, you avoid the difficulty of trying to sell for a good price. Instead, you sell to a company that will buy your house for the lowest price it can get away with. In exchange for taking a low price, you can quickly free yourself of the burden of owning the home. If you are in desperation mode this is often times your best bet. Selling to a real estate investor can get you out from under a problem very quickly.

2. You only have to make one decision.

Your only decision when selling to a house flipping company is to sell, or not to sell. You won’t have to decide what repairs to make or who you want to sell to. You will get an offer and make a single decision. After that, you are free of the home. Most often a house flipping company will be paying cash and there can be a quick closing if this is what you are after.

3. You don’t have to find a real estate agent.

Finding a good real estate agent can take a little bit of effort. You may have to interview several to find someone you are really comfortable with. You also don’t have to worry about disagreeing with your real estate agent once you hire one, which can happen. You are going solo.

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Everything they stated there is true. However there are some cons in choosing a house flipping company, it’s not for everybody. For instance, if you are in no hurry to sell your house and have all the time in the world, they are not going to be your best bet. Additionally you may have a new house and may have only lived in it for a year or two. In this case if  you have a 30 year mortgage you haven’t even started to chip away at the principal balance. Here no matter how you sell it will be difficult to come out without loosing any money, unless you are in an area that is in high demand and home values are quickly rising.

Disadvantages Of Selling To A Cash Buyer

As we started stating above, selling your house to an investor isn’t for everyone and there are some disadvantages of selling your property this way. Forbes had this to say about it:

  • Investors Do Not Need a License to Buy – This means as the seller, you know nothing about the person/entity offering to buy your home. Some investors are corporations, but some are individuals who just happen to also be real estate agents. This is cause for concern for many sellers because they question the motive behind the purchase; do they want to buy my home to resell it for more?


  • There are Plenty of Scam Artists Posing as Investors – There’s a risk of fraud in any financial transaction, but it’s especially critical to avoid scams when dealing with your largest asset. To avoid any issues, get the name of the investor and do research online to see who they are, ask for references, look them up with the Better Business Bureau, and ask your listing agent to do some research on your behalf.


  • Homeowners Will Likely Sell Below Market Value – Investors have their own costs to contend with and you can be assured that those costs will be factored into their offered price. Investors are also aware of the power behind their cash offer and the fact that they are taking a risk by purchasing “as is.” They may be relying on your motivation to get out quickly. Whatever the reason, it is unlikely that an investor will pay market value for a home in its peak condition.
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As for their first statement “are they wanting to buy my house and sell it for more?”, this is always the case. The investors intend on purchasing your property in the condition it is currently in and then make the repairs to the property and sell it for a higher price to another retail buyer.

As for fraud –  that can be kind of difficult in Georgia. Georgia is a judicial state which means when you sell your property it has to go through a closing attorney. Attorneys are not likely to risk their license for one deal.

Lastly – home owners will sell below market value. Again, yes. Investors are taking a great deal of risks when purchasing your property. Any hidden issues can cost them greatly and they also have holding cost to deal with while they perform the repairs to your property.

Summing It Up

Who will buy your house for cash? Real Estate Investors. Keep in mind this option is not for everyone. Generally it is for sellers who are in a bind and need to sell quickly to free up cash. Do your homework and make sure you are dealing with a reputable company.

If you want to sell your house to a cash buyer, be sure and visit our website or call us at (770) 756-8680 and we will be more than happy to make you an offer on your property which you can either accept or deny. We genuinely care about your situation and will make you the best offer that we possibly can.

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