We buy houses in Kent, Washington. We are legitimate Kent WA home buyers that offer cash for houses in Washington. Selling your house is something you’ll have to do maybe just a few times in your life. And, unless you know a local Kent real estate agent who will sell your home for free or a hugely discounted commission, it can be a real pain in the rear and an expensive process for you as well.
So, you landed on this page about “How to sell your house by yourself in Kent WA” because of a few reasons I’m guessing…
- You have no or very little equity in your house so you can’t afford to pay a real estate agent’s commissions
- You have equity but want to try to save money selling the house yourself before you resort to hiring an agent
- You’re in foreclosure (or heading that way) and just need to sell fast without incurring thousands in agent commissions
- You can’t wait the months and months it sometimes takes to sell a home in the Kent area in this market, so you want to try to sell it more quickly
Whatever one you land in, there are ways to sell your house yourself here in the local Kent real estate market.
Since 2013, the housing sector has been experiencing a major recovery. Selling your home at this time will definitely be profitable if you do it right. In most cases, it is about using smart marketing strategies and being realistic about your expectations on what you want to achieve with this sale.
This article will provide some guidelines to help you sell your Kent area house yourself.
How to Sell Your House by Yourself in Kent WA – Let’s Dive In
Know the Kent Real Estate Market Well
The first and most important step is doing market research on your neighborhood in the Kent WA area. This step involves visiting various home marketing sites (Zillow, Eppraisal, the Chase home value estimator, etc), calling a real estate agent or two to see what your home is worth, or reading about various market pricing techniques. Proper homework on these issues will allow you to come up with the right price for your home and also help you avoid making certain selling mistakes.
If you don’t want to hassle with trying to come up with a home value yourself, give us a call at (425) 366-7574 and we’ll give you an honest, fair valuation of what your home is worth on the retail market (if you’re going to wait the 3-6+ months to find the perfect retail buyer). And, if you want to, we’ll make you a fair all-cash offer on your house to give you that option of selling quickly (we can close in as little as 7 days if you want to).
Assess the Market
This step is almost similar to conducting market research, only that in this case, you are bound to your neighborhood and similar houses. Are there lots of homes for sale in your neighborhood here in Kent? If so, what is the average that they are listing for? Are there lots of foreclosures in your neighborhood? That may drag your home price down.
Assess the House
As a seller, your house should be in top condition or shape in order to sell at a good price. Identify certain unique characteristics about it and emphasize them during the marketing. For example, in Kent, a home with driveway parking may be more attractive to buyers compared with one with garage parking.
Also, does your home require repairs? Does it need to be repainted inside or out? How is the condition of the roof? Is the landscaping in good shape? Is the house outdated at all? (You know, those popcorn ceilings 😉 ) All of these things can make the house more attractive or less attractive depending on the buyer… which changes the price they’re willing to pay.
After all of these, come up with an asking price for your Kent home that is fair: not so high it’ll take you 12 months to sell the home, but attractive so you get a frenzy of buyers who are ready to buy it quickly.
Use Photos or Videos
Kent buyers are obsessed with media. Taking walk-through videos of the house and using videos to advertise will enable you to reach a wider market. In fact, these videos are considered more transparent than taking photos. However, this should not stop you from using the latter option since it is more affordable compared to a video.
So, take some great pictures. Take a picture of every room in the house that helps show it off. Take a picture of the home from the outside from a few different angles; people want to see the home before they ever show up to see it. Having great pictures of your house online could be the difference between getting the right buyer quickly and waiting months and months to sell.
Get Your House “Listed” on the Local Kent MLS and Market It
You can find no- or low-fee real estate brokers these days who will charge you a few hundred bucks to put your home on the local Kent MLS. This gets your home in front of all of the real estate agents quickly (so be prepared to pay those “buyers” agents a 2-3% buyer’s broker fee if you plan to have their support in helping you find a buyer).
Place ads in the local newspaper and signs on the roads, and hold an open house.
All of These Sound Like a Lot of Work to Sell Your Kent House Fast Yourself…
It can be. And, in the end, many Kent home sellers think they’re saving money and time by marketing the house themselves when in the end, it costs them more money to go that route.
When you sell your own house, here are some things you need to consider…
- If you’re not a good marketer or aren’t ready to spend a bunch of time marketing your house right, selling it yourself may not be your best bet.
- If you don’t do a good job preparing the house and the marketing materials and working with buyers to really build the value of your home in their minds, you may actually sell the home for 3-8% less than you may get for the same house an experienced person has marketed.
- Too many sellers never think about holding costs or opportunity costs. Every month that your house doesn’t sell means another mortgage payment, tax payment, insurance, utility bill, etc. If your mortgage payment is $1,500/mo and $1,300 of that is interesting, and it takes you 7 months to sell your home, that will cost you an extra $9,100 (not to mention taxes and insurance you paid during that time). If you were able to sell that home more quickly, wouldn’t it make sense for you to provide a buyer a discounted price today so you can close quickly and move on? That’s something to think about.
Sell My House in Kent WA
If you’d rather not put up with the hassle of trying to sell your Kent house yourself and would rather just sell it quickly for a fair price without paying any commissions or fees, we are local home buyers in Kent WA, and we actually buy local Kent WA houses.
We’d love to make you a fair, NO-OBLIGATION, and NO-HASSLE cash offer on your home. We can close quickly (in as little as 7 days if you want to), which would save you thousands of dollars vs. trying to sell your house in WA and waiting for months. When we buy local Kent houses, we do all repairs that are needed (we pay for them ourselves) so you don’t have to worry about them.
If you want to see what we can pay for your home, give us a call today at (425) 366-7574 or just fill out the quick simple form through the link below.