In many markets property values have taken off to levels not seen in well over a decade. Depending on
your financial situation and the growth of your market it may be a great time to explore cashing out and
selling your home. Depending on the condition of your home, the buyer of your property may be a cash
There are some nuances and slight differences when working with a cash buyer instead of a traditional
financed one. Being aware of these slight differences and knowing what to expect next in
the transaction will help you plan, manage expectations, and clear potential hurdles for an easy closing.
Here are six steps to consider when selling your home to a cash buyer!
The first step in selling your home for cash is finding the RIGHT buyer. With the growth of social
media and the power of the internet, it is easier than ever to advertise your property. To attract attention to
your property, you could post a FSBO (For Sale By Owner) listing on Zillow or a similar website. You could
do a quick google search of highly rated investors in your area and reach out to start the process. Most
cash buyers are quick and responsive and are happy to submit a cash offer should you be interested in
Once you get a couple of interested buyers it’s reasonable to expect that one of them will make an offer.
Cash buyers shouldn’t need more than 24 hours to get you an offer, especially after walking the property!
It’s always a good idea to get multiple offers/opinions if you can. When you’re ready to make a decision
on offers you have in hand, it’s a good time to remind yourself that price is NOT the only term to pay
attention to in an offer. The right buyer should put forth an offer with the ideal balance of price,
inspection period, closing timeline, and special terms that put you in the best possible position to
achieve your goal of selling the property. It’s also important at this stage to research the buyers
BEHIND the offer.
Questions to ask of your potential buyer…
To help you in your decision making, here’s a great checklist on what to look for in a strong cash
Try to get a sense of how experienced they are and how many years they’ve been in the business. The
longer a buyer has been investing the more likely they are to close! If you’re looking for an offer on your
property Reach out to us here!
Remember: accepting an offer that doesn’t end up closing not only wastes your time, and potentially
money, but deters you from negotiating with real buyers who are legitimately qualified. Do your
How long will the buyer need to complete their inspections? It’s reasonable to expect that any
buyer will perform some type of inspection after you accept an offer. Typically, it’s agreed that the time
period for inspection starts the day after an offer is accepted or “Executed”. You want inspections to be
done as soon as the contract is accepted. If there are issues you need to know about them before you get
too deep in the transaction. The inspection can be anywhere from a half-hour to numerous hours
depending on the specific inspector. You can try to impart information about the property, but they are
going to do their own legwork regardless of what you tell them. It is important to understand that the
inspection is used as a negotiating tool for buyers. They are almost always going to give you a list of
deficiencies with the property in an attempt to knock something off the price. Some are legitimate and
some are exaggerated. Don’t take anything the buyer does personally. Understand that there may need
to be some give and take at this point. You can stand your ground, but the next buyer may find the same
issues on their inspection. Let the market be your guide on where you can concede and where you can
take a hard line.
Will the buyer have skin in the game? If so, how much? On every contract, there is a line where
an Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) amount is indicated. In simple terms, the EMD is a down payment
made that is subtracted from the final amount needed at closing. The EMD is often used as a way to
gauge true interest from a buyer and represents their “skin in the game”. If the buyer breaks the contract
in any way or backs out of the deal without justification the seller may be entitled to this money. It is a
way to incentivize them to keep their word and not simply shotgun offers without following through.
This money should be received within 72 hours aka THREE (3) business days of offer acceptance. For
example – if the offer is accepted on Monday the funds should be in escrow by Thursday. Your attorney
or escrow company will hold this money in a separate account. Any cash buyer who is truly interested
should be able to produce these funds within 3 days. If they’re not able to, it may be a red flag, and could
be time to start considering backup options.
How quickly is the buyer able to close escrow? Is the buyer rushing you to close or do they
need too much time? You have a couple of options to weigh when considering the closing period. You can
either close “X” amount of days after the contract is accepted OR you can close on a specific day (i.e.
January 1st, 2021). It really depends on your preferred closing time period. Here at CT homes, we
typically write in 9-90 days, Seller’s choice. This gives you as the seller the ability to choose any tentative
days in the next 10 to 90 days to close escrow! You may want to close quickly, or you may want to close
NOT so quickly. This 9-90 days verbiage gives you the flexibility you may need!
Make sure you know every section of your contract before accepting an offer. Take a few minutes and
review these common cash offer red flags that investors include in their offers.
Once you complete Step 1 and gather one or multiple offers, it’s time to Accept one! It’s normal to either
sign a hard copy version of the offer or use an online contract signing services like docusign to execute
the contract. Once you and the buyer have signed, it’s at this time that escrow and title companies enter
the transaction to help research any questions with title, coordinate communicate, and If you don’t know
or don’t have a preference for who will be helping with escrow/title, the buyers should have one of their
own contacts lined up to help!
Once you accept the offer, the clock starts ticking and the transaction timeline begins!
Sellers often avoid selling on their own because of the paperwork associated with the process. We get it –
the paperwork can be overwhelming! The process is made easier with an efficient escrow and/or
Transaction Coordinating Company to help execute these documents. If you didn’t know, disclosures are
always required when selling your home or a piece of property (Realtor or not) and are intended to give
the buyer a clear picture of exactly what they are buying. Sellers are often expected to fill out disclosures
on anything they know about the property with regards to radon, flooding, mold, lead paint, structural
issues, asbestos, and much more! Needed disclosures vary by location, ownership type, and a number of
other factors. Work with a local expert (escrow, transaction coordinator, or otherwise) to fill out
necessary disclosures for your property.
There are several documents needed to complete the closing. It is always a good idea to enlist the
services of a real estate attorney. Not only will they expedite the closing process, but they offer
protection. Even experienced real estate investors aren’t versed in every contractual scenario. With
thousands of dollars of EMD at stake as well as potential litigation, it makes financial sense to spend the
money on a good real estate attorney.
Now is a great time to at least explore the option of selling your home and taking advantage of a cash
offer. Before you do anything know the process and understand exactly what you are walking into.
Read Orginal Article: https://www.cthomesllc.com/2020/10/how-to-sell-your-home-for-cash-the-process/