Can You Sell an Outdated House?
It seems that everywhere you turn there are companies who advertise buying
ugly houses. These messages offer to quickly buy any house, regardless of the
condition. The problem is that their offers are often significantly below market
If you’re a seller whose home needs some attention, you might think these
companies are your only option. Some of the offers sound attractive; quick sale,
all cash, no commissions, and no fees. But before you do anything, it’s worth your
time to call a local real estate agent for a second opinion.
3 Reasons to Call a Real Estate Agent Now
1. Free Advice – The real estate agent will not charge you anything to simply
come look at your home.
2. Your House Might Not Be that Ugly – You may be surprised to find that
your home is quite marketable. A few years ago, a 1950s mid-century
modern home would have been considered a tear-down. Now, these ranch
homes command top dollar and are in very short supply.
3. A Path Forward – If your home does have some issues, the agent can offer
some ideas about moving forward. They can suggest local contractors to
provide repair/upgrade services or market to investors that might still offer
significantly higher prices than the quick-sale guys.
Even outdated houses sell. We are in a seller’s market in almost every part of the
country. Selling your home has a large financial impact on you and your family.
Don’t make assumptions about value, reach out to a real estate agent, and make
sure you understand all your options so you can get the best offer possible.