If you’re thinking of selling, you’ll likely connect with people who want to help. Some will be agents and some will be investors. Check out this blog post to read about 3 ways to tell real estate agents and real estate investors apart in California, and help you understand why you might want to work with one versus the other…
Thinking about selling your house? You might be approached by a bunch of different people who all offer to help you sell. But not everyone who offers to help will help in the same way. Some are real estate agents, other are real estate investors and they’ll help you in different ways. Here are some ways on how to tell them apart in California.
List Versus Buy
The easiest way on how to tell them apart is to ask what they are going to do with your house – list it or buy it. A real estate agents will list your house on a listing service and they’ll try to find a buyer. They might need to show it to several people in order to find one buyer.
A real estate investors, on the other hand, isn’t going to list your house – the investor is a buyer and they will buy your house from you directly. (That’s what we do at Mrs. Property Solutions – we’re buyers and we buy houses in California. If you want to sell your house, click here and enter your information to find out how much we can pay).
Timeline To Sell
The next way on how to tell them apart is to ask about their timeline to buy. A real estate agent won’t know because they have to find the buyer first. In many cases, they might be looking at 3-12 months during which they’ll show the house to multiple potential buyers.
A real estate investor, though, will know exactly how long it will take to buy your house since they’re the ones who will buy it. They will have an exact timeline (which could depend on you and how quickly you want to sell).
Commission Versus No Commission
This one is crucial! A real estate agent makes their money when they find a buyer and then you have to pay them a commission on the house (which could be somewhere around 6% of the sale price… or $6,000 on a $100,000 house).
A real estate investor, however, isn’t listing your house so there aren’t any commissions. That’s because an investor will make money by either renting the house to a tenant or fixing up the house and selling it… so they make their money in a different way.
There are other ways to tell an agent or investor apart. The best thing to do is just ask then they’ll tell you!