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When Should I Sell My House As-Is?

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Wheatland Realty Agent Nicole Tudisco takes another look at selling homes “As-Is” in Part 2 of a 3 part series.


In my last post, I answered the questionCan You Sell Your House As-Is? As you saw, typically we don’t recommend it, but there are times when it truly is the right decision.

What factors make itthe right decision?

Here are the two most common:

1.  You are selling your home as a short sale.  A short sale means you owe the bank more money than what the market will give you for it.  When you enter a short sale, you are telling the bank you have a hardship and can no longer afford the home.  If you are struggling to pay your mortgage, it makes sense you will not be able to pay for the repairs a buyer may request.  If this is where you find yourself, please know you are not alone and it truly is the right decision to sell your home As-Is.

2.  Your home’s value really lies in the land.  In this case, the home is in such disrepair that the structure is truly a tear down.  You want buyers to understand this up-front so that you attract the right buyers.  There’s always the option of removing the structure and then there’s no worries about the As-Is status.  However, it depends on the resources you have available to you and I’ve found it to be a rare situation where this is cost effective.

Important note:  Whether you sell a home As-Is or not, the buyer will always have a right to a professional home inspection.  Be sure the buyer does their home inspection up-front – it’s best to know in the beginning of the process whether they will move forward before too much of your time is wasted

Bottom line is…

If you are in a distressed sale situation or the cost of repairs exceed the value of the home (or a majority of the value) then you are most likely best suited to sell your home As-Is.

If you are still not sure if selling As-Is is right for you, please call us.  We will give you our expert opinion based on your personal situation.

My best always!

Your Cure for the Common Realtor,


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