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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions, and you will be happy to learn that we are very open about how everything works.  If you have a question that you do not find here, please feel free to call us anytime at: 1-770-965-3444

  • Q:  How does this "I Buy Houses" thing work? 
  • A:  It really is as simple as it sounds; we are real estate investors who purchases single and multi-family homes.  After we buy your home, we will either fix it up and sell it, fix it up and rent it, sell it "as is" or rent it "as is".  What we do with your home after we buy it depends on too many things to list here, but we do enough home purchases and sales that making little to no money on your home right now is not a problem.
  • Q:  But what if my house is in VERY BAD shape? 
  • A:  It really doesn't matter what condition your home is in because we can fix just about any problem your home might have.  If your home has a problem that we can't fix, we will hire someone who can.  Even if the only thing holding your home up is the termites, there is still a good chance we might buy it from you, for we are also interested in vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, residential land.
  • Q:  My home is in good shape, but I have no equity.  Can you still help me? 
  • A:  Most likely, yes we can.  The only thing that can be a problem for us is negative equity, and even that can be handled in many situations.
  • Q:  Why would I sell to you when I can sell my home through an agent? 
  • A: We are so glad you asked this question.  There are many advantages to selling directly to an investor.  Some of those Reasons are:
    1.   We do not care about your housekeeping. It doesn't matter what your house looks like.  We do not even care if you stop doing your dishes three weeks before showing your home.  However, an agent will insist you keep your home in "show" condition at all times while he or she is trying to sell it.
    2. You do not have to make any repairs.  As we said above, the condition of your home will not be a determining factor in whether or not we can help you.  Go ahead and leave the holes in the walls.
    3. We can purchase your home VERY quickly.  In certain situations, we can even close in as little as 72 hours.  Depending on the time of year and other factors, selling your home through an agent takes several months, IF they can even find a buyer.
    4. It is a "for sure" sale.    When you list your home with an agent, yours is just one of many homes that your agent is trying to sell.  You hope they sell your home quickly, but there is no guarantee.  Maybe they will find a buyer--maybe they won't.  When you contact us, we can make a quick decision and tell you immediately whether or not we can buy your home, GUARANTEED , and, after making a decision, we can close very quickly.  No waiting.  No wondering.  It is a done deal.
  • Q:  But won't I make more money selling my home through an agent? 
  • A:  It is possible in some situations, but the costs associated with selling through an agent need to be carefully examined.  As an example, let's say your home is worth $150,000:

    The average home is sold for 4%-5% less than what it is listed for.  So if your $150,000 home was listed as such, you can expect a seller to negotiate your price down by $6,000 (assuming 4%).  You can list your home for more than it is worth to try to get a sale price of $150,000, but that would mean your home would be on the market much longer.

    Agents charge a commission whenever they sell a home.  This commission is 6%-7% of the purchase price of the home.  On a $144,000 sale, the agent's commission (assuming 6%) would be $8,640.

    An agent will insist that you pay closing costs on your home as it is "customary" for the seller to pay.  Closing costs are about 2%-3% of the purchase price of the home.  At 2%, closing costs would be $2,880.

    On average, it takes 60 days to find a qualified buyer and 30 days for that buyer to close.  Let's assume this home was purchased 3 years ago (the average home sells every 2.5 years in the U.S.) for $130,000 with a 7% interest rate amortized over 25 years.  Mortgage payments for this loan would be $918.81 (plus taxes and insurance) per month, and after 3 years the loan balance would be $123,984.42.  Waiting three months to sell your home means you will have to pay your bank $2,756.43 in loan payments, and your loan balance will drop to $123,394.28.

    Your agent will also insist you make any repairs needed to your home in hopes of a faster sale at a fair price.  The average home in "Good" condition needs about 2%-3% (of the purchase price) in repairs.  Even if you think there is nothing that needs to be done, you should expect something to be found by your buyer (they ALWAYS find things to try to lower your price).  If your home noticably needs works however, this amount can increase greatly.  This cost for repairs is part of the reason homes sell for less than they are listed for, therefore in this example we will not add this cost to the total since we already figured on a 4% price reduction.  However, if you make the repairs yourself instead of taking a price cut, you should expect to pay at least $3,000.

    Your agent will also insist that you keep your home in "show" condition at all times.  Although it doesn't cost anything, the added hassle of keeping your home perfect while strangers constantly trample through is a headache most people would prefer to avoid.

    To sum up, if you sold a $150,000 home through an agent, you can expect to actually receive $129,723.57 and a serious headache.  From this sale, you would make a total of $6,329.29.  This is why most agents refuse to list homes with less than 15% equity...there just isn't enough money to guarantee their commission.

    On the other hand, if you sell to us, or most other investors for that matter, you will pay no commission, closing costs or any more loan payments (we can close before your next loan payment is due), and you will not have to make any repairs or put your home in show condition.  The price we agree upon is exactly what you get.

    How much would we pay for a $150,000 home in "Good" condition?  $137,500    Remember, we are also paying the closing costs and making any repairs, so we are actually paying at least $143,380 for your home.  If you sold directly to me you would make $13,515.58 (more than double what you would get selling through an agent!).

    So, how is it possible to make more money selling your home through an agent?  Simple, your agent is a friend/relative and gives you a 50% discount on their the commission, they find a buyer within the first week who agrees to pay full price, has $150,000 in the bank, agrees to pay closing costs, and doesn't find any flaws in your home.  Sure it is is winning the lottery.


    When you are ready to take the next step, simply fill out the Buy My Home form and we will contact you within 24 hours.  If you prefer, you can also reach us by calling: Robert or Anne Colee