Are you getting ready to sell a Houston house? Before listing, learn about the different ways you are able to sell it. In our latest post, we explore your options and lay out the simple steps to sell your house in Houston.
There are two popular options to choose from when selling your home in Houston. The first is to sell directly to a buyer. The second is to hire an agent to handle things for you. What works for one house may not work for another, so think about what each method will mean for you before selling your house in Houston!
Selling Your House Directly:
Get An Offer
With a direct sale to Heritage Home Buyers, the process is straightforward and quick. After we view your property and get some information, we will make an offer. You choose whether or not to accept. There is no obligation or pressure for you to sell.
Sell Your House
We are able to close in only a few days if you accept the offer. We take care of the closing costs, repairs, and cleaning. Our goal is to make the process completely stress-free and profitable for you. We will close on the date of your choice, allowing you to plan ahead, which isn’t possible with a traditional listing.
Selling With An Agent:
Price It To Sell
Pricing a house too high is a common mistake. The pricing history is public knowledge, so if it is dropped many times, buyers will assume there is something wrong with the house. Don’t waste your time pricing it too high. You may think there’s no harm in trying, but most buyers have done their homework and will find the inflated price off-putting.
Find An Agent You Can Trust
Finding an agent you trust and like can be challenging. Remember that when you sign a listing agreement with an agent, you are bound to them for a set amount of time. Typically anywhere from 3-6 months. During this time, no matter how the house sells, they will be entitled to their commission. Interview multiple agents and be sure to speak to some past clients before making a decision.
Get It Ready For Potential Buyers
Before listing, repair anything that looks bad cosmetically as well as anything that will come up during a home inspection. By doing this ahead of time, you will save yourself some grief when a potential buyer wants to inspect and negotiate the price of the home. Don’t forget about landscaping and curb appeal!
Market and Prepare To Show The House
Once the house is ready, you will need to market and prepare it for showings. For the biggest impact, clean the house from top to bottom or hire a professional to do it. Clear out all personal items and anything that makes the house look cluttered. Stage the house with eye-catching items such as a fresh bouquet of flowers or colorful bowl of fruit. The space should be inviting and photo ready. When marketing the house, choose popular sites and publications that your potential buyers are likely to browse.
Find A Buyer
Finding a buyer is easier said than done. With the right marketing, hopefully there is a lot of interest in your house. It can take months of property showings and waiting before you get an offer that you will accept. This can pay off if you are patient enough to wait for an offer you like!
Endure The Negotiation Process, If Applicable
An inspection will be done once a buyer makes an offer. Most offers contain a contingency, which allows room for negotiations if major repairs are needed. If you can’t come to terms, or if the house doesn’t appraise at the price you are asking, the sale can fall through and you could find yourself back at square one.
Wait For The Closing
If your buyer is using a lender, expect to spend several weeks waiting for the property to close. You will still be responsible for the taxes, utilities, and insurance on the home during this time.
As you can see, selling your house directly is a very simple process! Before signing a listing agreement, find out if a direct sale is right for you!
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