3 Things to Consider Before Selling a House for Cash

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Are you looking to sell your house for cash?

If yes, one thing is clear: you want the property gone - fast. When you're dealing with a cash buyer, the hurdles that are usually common with lender-financed buyers, such as the mortgage loan falling through, don't exist. 

However, cash buyers are few and far between, and the process, even though much quicker, is a bit different.

So, is selling a house for cash the right thing to do? Here are a few important considerations you need to make.

Read on!

1. Do You Really Have to Sell for Cash?

Right off the bat, you need to understand that selling a house for cash has significant disadvantages over selling to someone who's paying via a mortgage.

Most commonly, selling for cash isn't the best way to sell a house for top dollar. You'll likely sell below its present market value. On the other hand, you're guaranteed of making as much as possible from the sale when you're dealing with a mortgage buyer.

With that in mind, do you have to sell the house to a cash buyer?

It largely depends on your circumstances. If you're in a financial emergency and selling the house looks like the most feasible way to raise money quickly, then you can sell for cash. But if you're in no rush, it's better to sell to a mortgage buyer.

2. Do You Know How to Price Your Home?

You already that selling to a cash buyer puts you at a disadvantage. However, you still have the power to sell the home at a price that's close to the property's value.

What makes the difference is whether you know how to negotiate and handle cash house buyers.

Let's say your home's value is $200,000. How should you price it so it sells quickly?

If you're not a skilled negotiator, you might end up rejecting offers instead of inviting the potential buyer to the negotiating table and tactfully getting them to up their offer.

3. The Likelihood of Fraud

Fraud is rife in the real estate industry. Especially when you're selling your house for cash, there's a greater likelihood of falling victim to fraudsters.

These fraudsters know that most people who're selling properties for cash are probably in financial pressure. They capitalize on this situation, pressuring you to accept a quick cash offer and transfer the property to them before you can even verify proof of funds.

As such, you need to consider whether you have enough experience or expertise to handle a cash transaction. If not, you might need to enlist the services of a real estate agent in your area.

Selling a House for Cash Is a Big Decision

Selling a house for cash has its big benefits, but it also has its fair share of downsides. With this guide on the considerations you should make, you now have the information you need to decide whether a cash sale is the right thing to do.

Keep reading our blog for more real estate tips and advice.

 

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