So how do you sell your fixer-upper? Making repairs is necessary but the thought of hiring contractors and owning a Frankenhouse is unsavory. Many homeowners decide acquiring a Realtor and selling their house without making repairs is the only option.
Going the traditional route and using a Realtor to sell a house fast with too many repairs is tough enough; but selling a house that needs repairs, especially major ones, is seemingly impossible for even experienced real estate agents. As the 2016 housing market steadily grows, as projected by Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist for Realtor.com, buyers have become more selective with a plethora of homes for sale.
Smoke predicts that six million homes will be sold this year alone, the highest amount of homes sold in a decade. With that kind of supply, sellers must expect more time on the market and fiercer competition.
When selling a house that needs repairs, Realtors often suggest lowering your asking price to shorten your home’s time on market. In theory, this is great. The more time a house spends on the market, the more time a homeowner spends paying the home’s utilities, taxes, and insurance.
However, your Realtor is more concerned with selling and receiving payment than selling your home at top price to the right buyer. Sometimes, using a Realtor means giving up your home’s best chance to sell.
Using a Realtor also comes with unexpected fees, commissions, and unwanted advice on how to manage your property. Yahoo! Finance’s Mandi Woodruff estimates that even after paying the buyer’s commission - generally 3% - For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) cut selling costs in half by avoiding their own broker’s commission. With a median household cost, cutting out a Realtor saves thousands!