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What Is The Best Way To Sell A Home?

Dear Phyllis,
For more than 20 years, I have been living in the La Crescenta home I inherited from my parents. As a struggling single mom, I am afraid no one will want to buy my home because it needs so much work. I have three children and my home reflects a lot of wear and tear. I was thinking about calling one of those companies which buy homes for cash. What are your thoughts on the best way to sell a home?

Dear Donna,
Each home seller has different needs and goals, therefore there is no cookie cutter best way to sell. However, you couldn’t pick a better time to sell a home which needs sprucing up. La Crescenta listings are at a premium, no matter the condition. Before you commit to selling to anyone who will pay cash for your home, meet with a local Realtor. When I meet with potential home sellers, I provide them with two values, one selling AS IS and one selling with minimal repairs. You may find that by making minimal repairs you will greatly increase your bottom line. I and many other Realtors offer programs where we can upfront the costs of desired repairs and be reimbursed at the time escrow closes.

Keep in mind the cash buyer intends to purchase your home below market in order to resell at a higher price. They expect to earn a profit. Typically, you will sell for a substantially higher amount when hiring a local Realtor. A Realtor should create a custom marketing plan to attract the most offers and a bidding frenzy. Although you will pay a commission to the buying and selling agents, it will be money well spent as you will sell for a higher amount. After you meet with a local Realtor, call a company who purchases homes for cash. Once you learn how much they pay, you can then determine which selling method makes the most sense for you.

Whatever option you decide, I wish you the best of luck on your sale.