Choose what’s BEST for you

Everyone places different value on different criteria. Whether your’re choosing between new cars or picking out your favorite candy bar, no one size fits all. What makes real estate wonderful is the inherent uniqueness of each house. No two are made the same. While you could argue that there are multiple instances of any given floor plan, the location is ALWAYS different, however subtle that may be. And I can also promise that your neighbors are ALWAYS different too.

In much the same way, choosing how you sell your house is ALWAYS different too. Time of year, condition of the house, the time you have to sell, the amount of work you need to be able to sell, and finding a price are all big variables that affect the sale. Selling a house can be a daunting task to the inexperienced. Often times, homeowners feel they must rely on real estate agents to guide them through the process, but there are just as many real estate agents that don’t have quite enough experience to have all the right answers either. In real estate we tend to agree with the 80/20 rule, that is, 20% of the real estate agents do 80% of the work. In fact, I would even say it’s more of a 95/5 rule where 5% of the real estate agents do 95% of the work. If you’re one of the unfortunate house sellers that picks the wrong real estate agent, it could end up costing you a lot of time and money. There are some really great real estate agents out there and we are happy to refer you to some if that’s what’s best for you, but consider your options before you do so.

We have purchased multiple houses from real estate agents, and from real estate agents representing their clients. Some of these agents really did take the time to figure out what was best for them, and what was best for their clients too. And while that may not always be the case, we’re more than happy to give an honest opinion of some factors you should take into consideration before making your decision. There’s a phrase used in real estate to describe an offer, “highest and best.” This phrase really says a lot about how an offer to purchase a house is viewed, of course highest refers to the highest dollar amount, but what do they mean by best? In the phrase “highest and best” best typically refers to the terms of the offer. Let’s say you had multiple offers on your house, one from buyer A was for $100,000 and they could purchase next week. The other offer from buyer B was for $108,000.00 but they didn’t want to purchase for 4 months. Is it obvious to you which offer is “best”?

It shouldn’t be, it’s a very subjective opinion. Just like being the best chef in the world is a matter of opinion, so too is figuring out which offer is “best”. If, say for example, you need to sell your current house in order to purchase your next house, which you have under contract and are set to close in 30 days, the offer from buyer B is out of the question. You simply don’t have the time to wait for buyer B to follow through with the purchase, otherwise you may have no next house to move into.

Another example. Let’s take the same situation with the two buyer’s, but remove the seller having a new house to purchase. Why wouldn’t the seller take the offer from buyer B? At first glance, it’s clearly a higher number, so the only difference is an additional 3 months time to close. Here’s the problem, what if life happens? What if the buyer loses their job or gets laid off in those extra 3 months? They can’t buy the house. What if the buyer finds another house they like better? They’re not going to buy. What if the buyer spends a lot of time thinking about the house and changes their mind and decide they want something small, or bigger, or cheaper, or newer? They’re not going to buy.

The point is, a lot of life can happen in the midst of a real estate transaction, and usually that means an unsuccessful sale.  And what happens when a buyer doesn’t buy? The seller is stuck with a house they don’t want. It can be an unfortunate reality sometimes that humans, buyers, make decisions based on emotions and those decisions are often not what’s best for the seller. Fortunately, you have decisions too, and you must choose what’s best for you.  Consider a CASH offer and make the choice.

Who do we buy houses from?

I bet you’d be surprised to find out some of the people who have sold us their houses. Most of the clients we work with are people just like you. While there are some extenuating circumstances that we are familiar with such as inheritance, probate, wills, foreclosure, and the like, the vast majority of people we work with aren’t in a position where they HAVE TO SELL. Some of the most common situations we run into are clients that would like to sell a house to buy another, whether that’s up sizing, down sizing, or relocation they understand the cost and risk associated with paying two mortgages and maintaining two properties. We are often the ideal solution for these people that need to payoff a mortgage in order to qualify to purchase their next house. The flexibility we have in purchasing a house really sets us apart from the rest. Not only can we buy your house, but you can stay there, rent free for a month until you’re ready to buy your next one. Need a real estate agent to help with finding your next house, we can help, and we can even get you a rebate on your purchase!

Doctors, real estate agents, published authors, investment firms, army officials; these are all people we have called clients, and on multiple occasions. There’s just a plethora of people out in the world that place a greater value on their time, effort, work, and convenience than going through the lengthy and problematic process of listing with a real estate agent and dealing with difficult buyers. Many of our clients just want to make things easier on themselves and reduce hassles, headaches, and unnecessary waiting. Wouldn’t you like to spend more time with your family, spend less time working on a house you don’t want, or focus on just about anything else in your life that needs more attention than your house? I would.

We Buy Houses AND LAND!

Of course we buy houses, we buy all kinds of houses. Large and small, old and new, pretty and well…un-pretty. Our passion is real estate and that extends beyond houses as well. We have conversations with folks everyday that ask “would you buy my house” and the answer is YES. Don’t let that fool you however, we are actively seeking multi-family real estate (such as duplexes, fourplexes, and apartments) and we are always on the lookout for land.

That can be a bit of a misnomer however, as many people seem to think the term land equates to farm land, or grazing pastures, or the like. In reality, land is just a basic term we use to describe any piece of property without a residence already built on it. There are numerous pieces of property even in town that were never built on for whatever reason, we’re certainly interested in those. You might be surprised where some of this vacant property pops up, we often hear from neighbors that they thought the land was owned by the city, or a right of way, or designated open space when in fact it’s just a piece of dirt that the owners never got around to building on.

Now, that’s not to say that the open space that might be around your house is available for someone to buy, many times there are vast tracts of land that are designated open space, or greenbelts, or have building restrictions such that no new buildings may be erected anyway. But if it can be built on, or even if you’re not sure, give us a call or click to fill out our form so we can help you figure out what to do with your land too.

We don’t just buy ugly houses

We understand that many people think that we only buy ugly houses. That’s just not true. As much as we love to buy houses that require a full blown renovation, we also buy houses that need little to no work at all. Check out the what we buy page to learn a little more about what we buy, but generally speaking, we buy all types of real estate. Big and small, old and new, pretty and well… un-pretty, and everything in between. Sometimes there’s more to real estate than meets the eye, potential exists in every house we purchase. Whether its a full renovation, a light remodel, or a turn-key rental property we are looking to find opportunities in the market where our hard work and experience can produce a positive outcome for us while simultaneously meeting the needs of the homeowner that’s wanting to sell us their house.

We have purchased properties with the intent of renting them out, we have purchased properties with the intention of building additions and adding square footage, and we’ve purchased properties with the intent of fixing them up and restoring them to their former glory. You may be surprised to see some of the houses we’ve purchased before, and some of the people we’ve purchased houses from. More on that later.