How To Really Run The Numbers When Reviewing Offers For Your Greenville House

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When reviewing offers for your South Carolina property, it important that you know how to correctly run the numbers. Just because an offer looks good on paper, doesn’t mean it is the best choice for you. Learn more about how to crunch the numbers in our latest post! 

The highest offer might appear to be the best, but this isn’t always the case. There are many variables you will need to take into consideration  when reviewing offers for your Greenville house. Below, we discuss some of the costs you may face when selling your home in the Greenville area.

Closing Costs

With a typical conventional sale to a private buyer, a seller can expect to pay about 2-5% of the final sale price in closing costs. This may vary by the transaction, however, you’ll want to budget at least 5% to closing costs to ensure that you are covered. You don’t want to be surprised at the closing table, owing more than you had planned for.

Repairs

While going over all the offers for your Greenville house, you’ll want to consider all of the costs you encountered making repairs and fixing it up. Repairs aren’t always cheap, and you will likely have to face them before putting your Greenville property on the MLS. It’s also very likely, your potential buyer will attempt to negotiate even more repairs once the inspection has been completed. Spending money on a house you ultimately want to sell can be extremely frustrating. With a direct sale, you’ll be able to keep all of that cash in your pocket.

Other Contingencies

There are all kinds of contingencies a buyer might put in their contract. Having a contingency protects the buyer should something go wrong. If there is a problem with the property, they will be able to back out of the sale without any penalty. Some common contingencies include things like not being able to sell their current house in time, or if their lender backs out of the deal and also if the inspection comes back with a significant number of repairs that need to be made.

Timeline

How fast will your buyer be able to close? As any real estate investor will tell you, the longer you hold on to a property, the more it will end up costing you. Holding costs can add up quickly, eating into your profits. While the property in on the market, you’ll have to continue paying for things such as homeowners insurance, property taxes, water bills, gas and electric bills, possibly a mortgage, and routine maintenance on the property like pest control or lawn care. You are responsible for these items up until the day of closing. If your house sits on the market for a while or if your sale falls through, you could find yourself stuck paying these costs for the next several months. Those costs can add up pretty quick while you are waiting.

Risk

When reviewing offers you’ll want to calculate the risk involved in the sale. If your buyer is using financing, you’ll want to be prepared just in case things fall through. Often times, a mortgage lender will back out of the deal if a property appraises too low. Sales fall through every day, and you’ll want to be prepared if yours is one of them. If you’re working with a buyer who is using financing, make sure they are pre-approved, not just pre-qualified.

If you choose to sell to a cash buyer, your risk of things falling through drops significantly. Cash buyers will have the money ready to go before making an offer for your property. This will save you days or even weeks as opposed to dealing with mortgage lender requirements. When you sell directly, you won’t have to deal with appraisals, inspections, repairs, or any red-tape from a mortgage lender.

If you choose to work with a local {market_city] real estate agent, you’ll have to commit to a listing agreement. Once you have entered into this agreement, your agent will be entitled to their commission, or at least a part of it, no matter how the house sells. However, if you are able to find a reputable buyer such as House Hub Real Estate Solutions before hiring a Greenville agent, you’ll be able to instantly save on commission costs. This can be upwards of 6% of the final sale price that you’ll be able to keep in your pocket. This could amount to thousands of dollars you will be able to use for your next property or save for a rainy day.

Appliances and Fixtures

Sometimes when selling a house, the furniture, fixtures, and appliances will all come into play. Does your potential buyer want to keep any of these items or will you be taking everything with you? If you are leaving any items with the new buyers, you’ll want to factor in how much it will cost you to replace these items. Having to replace appliances, fixtures, and other items in your new home can cost a fortune. Make sure you are prepared for these replacement costs before accepting an offer for your Greenville property.

We can help you know what to look for when reviewing offers for your Greenville property. Get in touch with us today! 864-272-5400

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