Are you considering selling your home and looking at not only Realtors who might list your home for sale, but considering companies that buy houses in Kansas City as well?
We have written quite a few blogs on the various options for selling a home from listing with a real estate agent to selling to a company that buys houses in Kansas City. Picking between the various options is a blog post for another day. But if you have decided you want to move quickly and you want to work with one of the many companies that buy houses here in Kansas City, we have five tips to help you pick the right one.
Is the Home Buyer Responsive
When you first reach out to them, do they get back to you in a timely manner? We get it, everyone is super busy and professional home buyers are no different. They have multiple leads coming in every day and may not be an instant “johnny on the spot” in getting back with you. But there are a few industry standards or at least the standards we try to follow here at kcmoHomeBuyer.
- If you call it and get a voice mail, someone should call you back within 15 minutes between 9 am and 5 pm.
- If you submit information online, you should get an instant reply that your information has been received. Someone should call you back within the hour between 9 am and 5 pm.
- And if you reach out during non-business hours or on Sunday, someone should reach out to you between 9 am and 9:30 am the next day, if not sooner.
If the person you reach out to is not responsive when you first make contact, how responsive are they going to be if you have questions or need help during the closing process?
Is the Home Buyer Pushy
You know the type, they know everything. They don’t have time to explain anything. And when it comes time to make you an offer . . . here it is, and if you don’t sign it within the next hour, they will go buy something else. Ya Right!
So when you talk to them on the phone, make sure they take the time to LISTEN to you. Are they willing to listen to your concerns and answer your questions? When they come to look at your house, will they give you a written offer and then give you time to have a trusted friend or advisor look it over. If the home buyer you call is super pushy, doesn’t listen, and will not answer questions, it’s time to move on to the next company.
How Long as the Home Buyer Been in Business
Yes, we know everyone has to start somewhere. And some of the brand new home buyers out there are great, but . . . . so many of the brand new home buyers out there, saw a video on the internet, bought a list of people in distress, and started cold calling them to see who might take the bait. You could be their very first deal, which could be fine and then again it could go very wrong.
We would highly recommend finding out how long that home buyer has been in business. A good year of reviews on Google or Facebook would be great. More would be better.
What is the Home Buyer’s Intent?
Some professional home buyers want to get your house under contract and buy it with cash in a few days. Others might want to offer you payments over time. Yet others might want to get your home under contract and then market that contract to an end buyer. All are valid business models and they all work. But you want to know upfront what they plan because the person who is actually buying your house, will probably do so. The one that wants to market the contract, well they might change their minds, they might want to change their price, they could back out.
So ask them their intent and ask to see it in the contract. Ask them what happens if things don’t work quite the way they planned.
Perform Some Online Due Diligence on the Home Buyer
We are in the internet age, if people do a good job you might be able to find that information online. If people do a bad job, you can be sure someone talked about it online somewhere and you can probably find it.
So where do you look when you want to check out all those companies that buy houses in Kansas City? And if you can’t find anything from the next 3 steps, you have to wonder how long they have been in business. If you find bad things, then you need to ask your potential home buyer more questions.
Start with Google
Start with Google and search for (1) the Company Name (2) the person’s name (3) the phone number they share with you. See if you can find a business listing with reviews, there should be a few good ones and maybe even a few bad ones. There should be more good ones than bad ones and on the bad ones, see how they responded.
Then go to Facebook
Most legitimate home buyers will have a Facebook Page either as their company or in their own personal name. You can learn a lot from what they post as a person and you can quite often find reviews on their business page.
The Better Business Bureau
Now a majority of home buyers may not pay to be on the BBB page. Here at kcmoHomeBuyer, we don’t pay that fee so we can’t say that we Accredited with the BBB. We can’t use their logo. But you can see what they report, that we have been in business for 17 years. And we have zero complaints. Generally, if a business has bad business practices, people will make complaints to the BBB and it will show up on their page.
Are you ready to sell your Kansas City metro home to a company that buys houses?
Selling your home can be hard, stressful, and time-consuming. Selling a home that is in less than perfect condition and / or dealing with financial difficulties can make it even harder. Taking the time to pick the best company to buy your house that will be professional and treat you fairly will make the whole process much easier. We like to think that Kim, Scott, and Don here at kcmoHomeBuyer will pass your checklist above. So when you are ready to sell or if you just have questions, give us a call a (816) 408-3600 or submit your information using the form below.
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I liked the fact that I wasn’t penalized or felt pressure for not getting everything cleaned out of the house. There was over 40 years and three families’ worth of treasure stored in the house, making me feel that the challenge of cleaning it was going to be impossible. I did what I could and you never hesitated in telling me that it’s ok to leave the rest behind.