How Much Will An Investor Pay For Your House?

how much will an investor pay for my house

A Tidy Mind regularly work with clients who wish to sell their home. Many of our clients are overwhelmed and need our practical help to prepare for the move (decluttering, packing, organising etc). But also our clients enlist our help to navigate through the options when it comes to ways to sell a property. Selling a house can be stressful, let’s admit it. The procedure can frequently go on for months or even years before finding a suitable buyer. When selling your home, you may need to consider whether you should sell it to a property investor or real estate investor. And if so, how much will an investor pay for your house?

Selling to an investor can be far faster and more lucrative with the correct strategy than selling to an individual. Continue reading this guide to find out if you should sell to an investor and how much they will offer for your home.

What is a real estate investor?

Real estate investors (the US term) or property investors (the UK term) are business people who make cash purchases of homes or sometimes purchase them with ‘buy to let’ mortgages. They generally have two options: either they keep the house and rent it out to tenants to generate passive income or sell it for a profit.

What Prices Do Investors Offer for Homes?

Investors in real estate will generally give you between 50 and 85% of the home’s market worth.

Real estate investors can be categorised into iBuyers, house flippers, and buy-and-hold investors. You need to know the type of investor you’re working with to calculate how much you might get for your house.


Despite being relatively new, the iBuyer business concept is quickly gaining popularity. The buyer pays less than market value for the residences and later sells them for a profit by collecting real estate commissions, fees identical to those charged by real estate agents. The buyer makes money by purchasing and selling a lot of real estate.

House Flippers 

Despite being relatively young, the iBuyer business concept is quickly gaining popularity. The buyer searches for properties with a profit potential using advanced computer algorithms. The buyer pays less than market value for the residences and later sells them for a profit by collecting real estate commissions, fees identical to those charged by real estate agents. The buyer makes money by investing in a lot of real estate

Buy-and-Hold Investors 

The traditional buy-and-hold investor will buy houses in large quantities and turn them into rental residences. They may quickly recoup their investment by charging tenants a monthly rent without sacrificing their long-term profit potential.

Like iBuyers, this sort of investor prefers properties that are somewhat in demand. Thus they will often pay more than a house flipper because their prospective profitability isn’t confined to a one-time sale. Because they can still make money on a less-than-perfect home, they are less picky than iBuyers.

How are offers for homes calculated by investors?

Now that you have a comprehensive idea of the objectives and methods of various investors, how do they determine an offer? What steps can you take to be sure you’re getting the most outstanding deal?

A wise investor will take the following into account:

  • Age of the house.
  • The place of the house.
  • The general state of the house.
  • Comparable local home sales.
  • A rough calculation of the time and money required to prepare the house for sale

Advantages of selling to a home investor

You’ll frequently receive the most acceptable offer for your house from a buyer who intends to occupy it themselves. But sometimes, selling to an investor makes more sense and has some advantages as follows:

Fix a problem

A property may not always feel like a valuable possession. Selling quickly to an investor is an excellent method to avoid paying property taxes on a home you don’t intend to live in and receive a rapid windfall if you inherited one. If your house is in foreclosure or is in poor condition, it is a depreciating asset. You won’t get a fair market price from anyone, but an investor may offer you the greatest bargain they can.

If you are selling your home due to divorce, illness or redundancy, it may make sense to consider this option. Your emotional and mental health is up utmost importance and it’s crucial to weigh up your options.

No preparation

It takes work to put your house on the market. There is just a lot of labour involved, from cleaning and tidying the house to taking listing images, making repairs, showing the house, negotiating, and more.

The majority of investors don’t care how your house currently looks. Even amid all your mess, they can still see the potential. There isn’t any nostalgia or attempting to imagine themselves living there. It’s simply about the bricks and mortar value. 

You may not need to ‘stage’ your home to appeal to the widest range of buyers. Home staging and preparing your home for sale can be time consuming and expensive.

But keep in mind that you will likely still need to show the house, bargain, and undergo an inspection with a typical investor, like you would with a traditional buyer. It just requires much less effort than getting ready for a typical sale.

Cash offers

The majority of investment firms and iBuyers make cash purchases. Some independent investors may also participate. Investors like cash offers because they close faster and avoid an appraisal coming in below the offer price and ruining the sale.

With a cash offer, you’ll get the down payment on a new house practically quickly. So if you’re in a precarious financial position, this may be the best option for you.

Quick and adaptable timeframe

If you’re relocating for employment, finalizing a divorce, or need to sell a home quickly for any number of reasons, investors can help. A 45-day escrow term is required in most typical sales for inspections, appraisals, and mortgage approval contingencies. The majority of investors can close in less than a month.

Furthermore, you must agree on a closing date when selling to a traditional buyer. You must leave the house once it has been set. Investors now have more options. You can adjust the closing date, agree to stay in the house for a few days after the closing date, or even leave some items behind.


The disadvantages of selling to a home investor

Lower offers

This article shows that investors provide flexibility in exchange for a lower sales price. Any offer from an investor reflects the need for repairs and attempts to finalise the purchase as soon as feasible. The reality of how much will an investor pay for your house could be disappointing.

Scams that could occur

Less obvious: Investors — or those pretending to be investors — may defraud you. Investors do not need credentials to purchase a home, so if you work without a real estate agent to close a deal quickly, you may be vulnerable to con artists. You don’t always know what motivates a buyer. Typically, they intend to purchase your home and resell it for a higher price after investing their money in modifications.

The Summary 

Selling a home is difficult, particularly when you must also buy another home. Houses are selling for way above the asking price in several markets around the country. Being patient and selling your home the usual way will likely result in a better offer than an investor’s. However, selling to an investor can provide a rapid exit if you’re in a hurry or don’t want the financial and time stress of house maintenance. And you now know how to get the best bargain possible.


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