Real Estate Investor VS. Real Estate Agent

Can a Real Estate Investor help you sell your home without purchasing it and without wholesaling it and put it on the MLS with a flat fee MLS listing? Is that better than using a Real Estate Agent?

Yes, a Real Estate Investor can help you sell your home without actually purchasing it or wholesaling it, and they can put it on the MLS with a flat fee MLS listing. This option can be a good alternative to using a traditional realtor, especially if you are on a budget.

Here is how it works:

  1. You sign a listing agreement or purchase agreement with your Real Estate Investor.
  2. The Investor creates a listing for your home on the MLS.
  3. The investor markets your home to potential Buyers.
  4. When a Buyer is found, the investor negotiates the sale on your behalf.
  5. The Investor coordinates the closing of the sale.

There are a many benefits to using a Real Estate Investor to sell your home without actually purchasing it or wholesaling it:

  • Save You Money: Flat fee MLS listings are typically much less expensive than traditional real estate commissions. They are also not wholesaling your home which typically means they are not asking for a huge discount they are helping you get the highest and best price and terms.
  • Save You Time: It takes a lot of time to sell your home. It takes a lot more time to gain years of experience to be a successful Real Estate Investor with a proven track record and the Integrity to back it up as well.
  • Get your home on the MLS: The MLS is the largest database of homes for sale, so listing your home on the MLS will give it maximum exposure to potential buyers and will automatically put it on other listings like Zillow, Realtor, Trulia, Redfin, and more.
  • Get help from an Expert: Real Estate Investors have the knowledge and experience to help you sell your home quickly and for the best possible price.
  • Finding Buyers: Investors have a network of other investors and buyers who are looking for homes to purchase. This can help homeowners sell their homes quickly and easily.
  • Negotiating on behalf of the Homeowner: Investors are experienced negotiators and can help homeowners get the best possible price for their home.
  • Eliminating the Risk of Fraud: Investors are not doing a Quit Claim Deed. They can handle all of the paperwork associated with selling a home, such as the purchase agreement, closing documents, and title transfer, at an Attorney’s Office or Escrow Office to insure all of the transactions at closing are legal with no remaining liens on the property. We do not do yard signs and do not hold open houses, as both are security risks.
  • No Repairs or Renovations: The Investor is helping you sell your home AS IS, so homeowners don’t have to make any repairs or renovations before selling.

There are also a few other potential advantages to consider using a Real Estate Investor:

  • More Hand-Holding: Real Estate Investors are not traditional Listing Realtors. Listing Realtors typically just list your home on the MLS, give you less time and marketing, and spend more time looking for the next home to List on the MLS. They may not provide the same level of hand-holding and guidance that a successful Real Estate Investor would.
  • More experience: Some Real Estate Investors may have much more experience selling homes than a real estate agent who is typically new and part time. A Real Estate Broker has more experience than their agents but they are not working with the homeowner. They have their agents work with the homeowners.
  • Selling for Highest Price: 2022 the median sales price of homes sold by Investors was $398,500, compared to $262,500 for For Sale By Owner homes. This is a difference of over $135,000.  This is a good reason to let a Real Estate Investor help you sell your home instead of you trying to sell it by yourself.
  • Not Wholesaling: When a Real Estate Investor is helping you sell your home they are not Wholesaling it, they are helping you get the highest price. The top 10% of wholesalers make an average of $30,000 per deal or more, while the bottom 10% of wholesalers make an average of $5,000 per deal.  When a Real Estate Investor helps you sell your home it is usually for a Flat Fee which is negotiable per home and usually the seller and the buyer both pay a Flat Fee that is negotiable.  Your Fee from the Real Estate Investor is usually for a Real Estate Consulting Fee, while the Buyers Fee comes from an Assignment Agreement. Both are paid out of escrow at the time of closing the sale, with the Investor being funded directly from the escrow company out of the proceeds of the sale.

Overall, using a Real Estate Investor to sell your home without actually purchasing it or wholesaling it can be a good option if you are on a budget and you have done your research and are comfortable with the Real Estate Investor you have chosen to work with. This process could take two or three months.  If you are really in need to close quickly, like a few weeks, your Real Estate Investor can purchase or wholesale your home, but that usually requires a substantial discount on the price of your home.  Obviously getting help to get the highest sales price and best terms for your home is what most people will choose.

Here are some tips for choosing a reputable Real Estate Investor to sell your home:

  • Ask for referrals from friends, family, or real estate professionals.
  • Check online reviews of different investors.
  • Interview different investors before choosing one.
  • Ask about the investor’s experience and track record.
  • Make sure the investor shows a lot of experience with their online businesses.

Once you have chosen a Real Estate Investor, be sure to get everything in writing before you sign any contracts. This will protect you in case there are any problems down the road.  Both Seller and Buyer can and should have their own attorney or the attorney at the escrow closing office review the agreements before signing to insure all is legal.  The Seller and Buyer can contact the closing office before signing with any questions so there are no surprises. This will save both seller and buyer money by not having to hire their own attorneys outside the escrow office.  The escrow office should be as close to the home being sold as possible for the convenience of all those involved in the sales transaction.  The escrow office should be the choice of the Seller not the Buyer.  The Buyer should only be given the option to sign agreements at the escrow office when they open escrow with a earnest deposit of at least 10% down non-refundable. Cash Buyers are best to find if possible.  Loan Buyers can fall out of escrow very easily wasting huge amounts of time for the Seller.  A Seller offering Owner Financing is a big help if that is a possibility. If the Buyer backs out for any reason they forfeit their non-refundable earnest deposit.  The Buyer’s earnest deposit is fully refundable if the Seller cannot complete the sale for any reason.  This will eliminate the Buyer from wasting the Seller’s time before entering escrow so they hurry up and do their property inspections before the Seller finds another Buyer.  It also speeds up the escrow closing time as the Buyer cannot extend inspection times, as those must be completed before opening escrow, and cannot change the offer price when in escrow.  If the Buyer fails to provide the funds to purchase by the agreed date of closing the Buyer will forfeit their earnest deposit.  This makes for a fast closing of a few weeks with CASH Buyers and guarantees no falling out of escrow.

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