How to Sell My House Fast

If you need to quickly sell a house (2 weeks or less), you don’t have time to sit around reading bland articles from some intern at Yahoo! You need advice from the experts. Thus, we bring you the Insider’s Guide on How to Sell A House Fast, written by people who actually buy houses fast.

Something has caused you to sell your house quickly. Or, maybe you just want a quick and easy sale but don’t have any specific urgency. Follow along closely – if you want a quick sale you’ll need to take a few minutes to read this guide.


How To Sell My House

It Starts with 5 Easy Steps

  1. Determine your home’s value range
  2. Determine your bottom line
  3. Understand your Time Frame
  4. Pick a Selling Method
  5. Prepare to Sell!


Step 1: Determine your home’s “value range”

Grab a piece of paper and write down these questions:

  • What is my house worth?
  • How much am I willing to sell my house for?

There may be two different answers. We’ll come back to that… but first, let’s figure out what the house may be worth.

How To Research “Comps” and Find an Estimated Price Range

We recently wrote a post on how to use Zillow like a pro to determine a price range for your house. There isn’t one set price for any home. After you look up your house and compare it to a few similar houses that recently sold (comps), try to understand the range of what your house could sell for. Determine where yours fits in with the others and keep in mind that estimating the value of a home is more of an art than a science and even some experienced real estate professionals don’t do this well.


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Keep in mind…

The value of your home is what someone is willing to pay for it.  Think about that for a second. It’s easy to accidentally compare your house to the nicest one on the block. Is your house the second nicest? If so, use that first one as a benchmark. If not, compare your home to the ones that are in similar condition, are nearby, sold within the last 3-6 months, and are alike in size and floor plan.

Step 2: Determine Your Bottom Line

This is when it’s time to decide your bottom line. You may not have to sell at your lowest price, but the name of the game here is finding a balance between getting the highest profit and pricing it to sell quickly. To find that balance you have to know your bottom line and work your way up.

Consider the following:

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  1. Is it potentially worth more than your mortgage balance?
  2. Are you past-due on your mortgage, and if so, by how much?
  3. How much money would you like to walk away with?
  4. Are there any title liens that need to be paid off?

In general, the hotter the market, the easier it is to get a high price while trying to sell quickly. Real estate is a very “local” business. Demand varies not the only city to city, but neighborhood to neighborhood and even adjacent subdivisions can have drastically different demand.

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Step 3: Understand Your Time Frame

This may not take long to figure out (How to Sell My House Fast) , but we can help you understand what your time frame is depending on your situation. Some of the issues that cause fast sales are:


Many experts (including us) believe that we are near the peak of a real estate cycle. The majority of homeowners have home equity these days, giving them flexibility in a sale.

If you think you owe more than the home can be sold for, and you are facing financial difficulty, you may have to do a short sale. This is a unique situation that slows down the sales process.

If you have equity the process is much easier. If your home is “free and clear” of any liens, such as mortgages, tax liens, and judgments, you have complete control to determine your bottom line.

If you are not sure if you have liens, call a local title company and they can research it for you (there may be a small fee).

The vast majority of home buyers plan to occupy the home and they do not want to evict another family in order to live there. Selling a home quickly with tenants can usually only be done by selling to an investor who does not plan to occupy it.


Step 4: Choose a Selling Method

At this stage, you want to understand the different ways to sell and decide which one will work best for you. We’ll discuss the three most common selling methods.

a. List with a Realtor

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Normally, working with an agent will take a bit longer than a few weeks. There are disclosures to be signed, photos to be taken, and then the property needs to be listed. The two pieces that slow down the process are waiting for buyers, and waiting for buyers’ loans to close.

Some Realtors can help speed this up. Remember, they get paid commission and have incentive to sell your price for as much as possible (which is good), so you need to explain that your priority is a fast sale and that the home needs to be priced accordingly. Find a Realtor who understands this.

There are many good Realtors out there – we recommend browsing Yelp reviews or asking around for a referral.

A few Realtors conveniently have buyers lined up, but most Realtors would need to put the home on the market using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in order to attract buyers. In a regular sale situation that is what you might want: as many people seeing your wonderful home as possible.

How to Sell My House Fast

The downside with advertising to “occupant buyers” is that they usually need to get a loan, and that adds another 30 days from the time you accept their offer. Since you need to sell the home quickly, this option proves difficult.

If your home needs major repairs before selling, the financing requirement becomes an issue again since many lenders will not put a loan on a house that needs major repairs.

You can ask the Realtor if they have any investors who may be interested, but if you’re just looking for an investor, you don’t need a Realtor.