Wednesday, January 4, 2017

4 Things You Need to Expect When Selling With an Agent

Are you working with a local Greenville agent to sell your house? Or maybe you’re thinking about it? If so, we’ve collected the top 4 things you need to expect when selling with an agent — to help you navigate this process easily!

There are many ways to sell your house and many people choose to work with an agent to help them during that process. Do you plan to work with an agent? If so, here are 4 things you need to expect when selling with an agent in Greenville…

4 things you need to expect when selling with an agent

 

#1. Money

A real estate agent is a professional who performs a service for your benefit. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, and yet many people are surprised when they learn that the agent charges a commission for their service… and this commission can be thousands of dollars in some situations! For some people, that’s okay because they want the benefits that an agent provides, but it can be a costly surprise if you’re not prepared.

#2. Time

You probably want to sell your house as quickly as possible. An agent wants that too. However, an agent is at the mercy of what buyers want… and agents will work hard to find a buyer for your house but they can’t always guarantee that your house will be sold within a certain timeframe. (Note: if you need to sell in a certain timeframe, the fastest way to sell is to skip an agent and just let us buy your house directly. Call us at to learn more about this service).

#3. Showing

For an agent to find a buyer who wants to buy your house, they have to show it to people. Buyers will obviously want to walk through the house and decide for themselves if it’s the right house for them. Therefore, if you work with an agent, you should expect the agent to arrange showings with buyers – which means you may need to leave your house while buyers walk through it.

#4. Unknowns

Agents provide a great service but the truth is – agents can’t control the process. There are many unknowns that will influence the sale of your house. These unknowns include: the number of other sellers selling similar houses, the number of buyers who want to buy, the number of banks willing to lend money for mortgages, the state of the economy in the city, within the state of South Carolina, and in the country as a whole. Therefore, you may want to sell right now at a certain price, and the agent will do their best but you may be forced to sell later at a lower price.

Summary

Selling your house can seem daunting, which is why many people choose to work with a real estate agent. If that’s how you want to sell your house, make sure you know these 4 things you need to expect when selling with an agent in Greenville.

At Mason Buys Houses, we also buy houses! If you still want an offer from us, or if you want to meet an agent that we recommend, click here now and fill out the form or call our team at

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Should You List With an Agent, Sell FSBO, or Sell to an Investor? (Info For [market_zip] Zip Code Sellers)

Agent? Sell on your own? Sell to an investor? These are the big questions that every seller asks themselves first. In this blog post, we’ll share our thoughts on the question, Should you list with an agent, sell FSBO, or sell to an investor?

Thinking about selling your house? You might be exploring your options and wondering, Should you list with an agent, sell FSBO, or sell to an investor? The good news is, you can get a great answer right here and be on the path to selling your house very quickly.

Should You List With An Agent?

Selling to an agent gives you a few advantages:

First, it’s very hands-off so you can go about your regular life and just sign papers or talk to your agent while they do all the legwork.

Second, you can money and time versus selling FSBO (see the next point) because you won’t have to market your property or pay for marketing materials.

Third, an agent often has a list of potential buyers (or access to a list) so they can quickly find people to buy for you quickly.

Fourth, agents have many tricks up their sleeve to help you sell – from special signs to open houses, etc.

Fifth, you don’t have to negotiate with any potential buyers, since many people do not like the negotiation process.

Sixth, you don’t have to be an expert at the contracts and agreements involved in the house-selling process. Your real estate agent is the expert and they’ll walk you through what you need to know but you don’t have to be the expert.

Seventh, you don’t have to be an expert in the laws of selling a house, financing, etc., which can be quite complicated. The agent will either take care of that for you or guide you appropriately.

Eighth, you don’t have to worry about knowing the right steps to take or when to take them. The agent already knows what you need to do and they’ll just tell you when you need to do it!

Or, Sell FSBO?

FSBO means “For Sale By Owner” and it means that you sell on the market (the same place an agent would sell) but you don’t use an agent; you represent yourself. The biggest advantages to selling this way is that you can name your own price, decide who to sell to, negotiate on your own behalf (if you like to do that), and not have to pay the real estate agent’s commission at the end.

Don’t Forget – You Can Sell To An Investor

For those who want to sell fast and not pay any fees, or who may have a house in “as-is” condition that they don’t want to pay to fix and clean first, you might want to sell to an investor or professional house buyer (which is what we do here at Mason Buys Houses.)

Summary

Thinking about selling your house? It’s smart to be exploring your options and wondering, Should you list with an agent, sell FSBO, or sell to an investor? The good news is, you can get a great answer right here and be on the path to selling your house very quickly.

At Mason Buys Houses, we also buy houses! If you still want an offer from us, or if you want to meet an agent that we recommend, click here now and fill out the form or call our team at

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent that Fits Your Needs in Greenville

Are you thinking about selling your Greenville house with the help of an agent? There are so many agents out there that it’s hard to know which one’s the right one. That’s why we’re sharing this blog post about how to find the right real estate agent that fits your needs in Greenville.

Selling your house can seem like a daunting task, which is why many people turn to a real estate agent to help them. After all, a real estate agent’s job is to work on your behalf to help you sell your house! But there are so many agents out there and they all claim to be the very best! How can you decide which is the right agent for you?

Here’s our recommendation about how to find the right real estate agent that fits your needs in Greenville.

How to Find the Right Real Estate Agent that Fits Your Needs in Greenville

Ask Around

Ask around to your friends, family, and other trusted people to find out which agents are worth working with. Some people will tell you not to work with one agent, while others will have great things to say about another agent. Ask everyone you know (and hey, you can even reach out to us at and ask for a recommendation from us!) Make a short list of agents.

Look Up The Agents

Go online and look up the real estate agents. Do they have a website? Do they have a Facebook page? Search their name in Google.

Check Out Their Credentials

Look at their website and Facebook pages. What does each say about them? What kind of ratings do they have? What testimonials are there? What awards have they won? How many transactions have they completed?

Review And Narrow

Review your findings and narrow down these agents to just a couple who look like they will be able to help you the best.

Book An Appointment

Call your shortlist of agents to book an appointment and ask how they’d help you sell your house.

Make A Choice

Finally, choose the agent who will help you the most based on all of this information… and then you can start the process of selling your house!

Note: this is a great way to find an agent but it can also take some time. You can always ask us for an agent referral to sidestep all of these steps; or, if you’d like to sell your house faster, why not give us a call at and we’ll see if we can buy your house from you.

Summary

If selling seems like more trouble than you want to deal with yourself, an agent is there to help. But finding the right agent might also seem overwhelming. That’s why you should read this blog post again if you’re wondering how to find the right real estate agent that fits your needs in Greenville.

At Mason Buys Houses, we also buy houses! If you still want an offer from us, or if you want to meet an agent that we recommend, click here now and fill out the form or call our team at

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

4 Reasons You Might Want to Hire Real Estate Agent to Help You Sell Your Home in Greenville

Are you thinking about selling your Greenville house? Then you might be weighing the possibility of working with an agent to sell. That’s why we’ve written this blog post… to share 4 reasons you might want to hire real estate agent to help you sell your home in Greenville.

Selling a house can seem very complicated, which is why many people trust a real estate to help them. But admittedly, there are other options to sell your house (and many prefer to sell on their own or sell directly to a house-buying company like us here at Mason Buys Houses.) But, if you’re thinking about selling your house and maybe getting the help of a real estate agent, then here are 4 reasons you might want to hire real estate agent to help you sell your home in Greenville.

4 Reasons You Might Want To Hire Real Estate Agent To Help You Sell Your Home In Greenville

Reason #1. Simple

Selling a house can be complicated. You’ve got to deal buyers, banks, and attorneys; there are contracts and clauses and negotiations; and, sometimes it’s hard to know what order to do things in. An agent can help simplify the process because that’s what they do! They help people buy and sell houses for a living. They have the contracts and agreements and know their way around them. It just makes things so much simpler.

Reason #2. Hands-off

Some folks who choose to sell their house themselves (called “For Sale By Owner” or FSBO) find out pretty quickly that selling this way can be very busy. You’ll end up scheduling buyers to walk through the house, you’ll be busy marketing your house all over town, and you’ll be learning on the fly and negotiating on the fly… all while trying to juggle your regular life. A real estate agent makes it simple and hands-off for you.

Reason #3. Potentially Higher Price

One of the biggest reasons why people choose to sell with the help of an agent (versus selling on their own) is the potential for a higher price. In theory, agents are expert negotiators who can figure out the best price to sell the house for and then can negotiate on your behalf to get the buyer to pay as much as possible. Selling other ways may not result in as much money (however, there are other reasons why people may not use an agent.)

Reason #4. Sell To A Homeowner

Maybe you want to sell and you don’t like the thought of your home being renovated and rented out, or torn down. After all, you have a lot of emotions attached to this house. Some people don’t care what happens to a house after they sell it but if you’d prefer to sell to a homeowner (versus an investor) then selling to an agent will increase the likelihood of that happening.

Summary

There are many ways to sell a house – sometimes with an agent and sometimes without. However if selling your house seems too complicated than these are 4 reasons you might want to hire real estate agent to help you sell your home in Greenville. It’s not right for everyone… but it’s at least worth looking into before you decide one way or the other.

At Mason Buys Houses, we also buy houses! If you still want an offer from us, or if you want to meet an agent that we recommend, click here now and fill out the form or call our team at

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Learn How To Determine And Boost The Market Value Of Your Miami Home

As a homeowner in Miami FL, you should always be aware of your home’s market value. Why? Because you will know what’s happening in the market and can also look for opportunities to enhance that value whenever possible. You will also be able to plan ahead so that when you list your home, it will immediately appeal to buyers.

The determination of your home’s market value is a process that calls for accuracy and attention to detail. There are so many ways you can do this. Find out more on the popular and not-so-popular ways of doing this in the following post by a real estate expert:

How To Determine The Market Value Of A Home

As a homeowner, regardless if you’re thinking of selling your home or not, you should always be concerned about the market value of your home.  Certainly when you’re thinking about selling your home you will be more interested in how much your home is worth than if you’re not thinking about selling.

Over the past 5 years as one of the top Realtors in Rochester NY, I’ve been approached by many homeowners who are wondering how they can determine the market value of their home.  There are several methods of determining market value of homes that should be avoided like a disease and others that are great for determining the market value of a home. Read more at Rochester Real Estate Blog…

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As explained, some methods used today are completely untrustworthy and it will do you well to avoid them. Instead, get an accredited person to do the job for you to be on the safe side.

Taking good care of your home will be of benefit in adding value to your property. Have you ever wondered how else you can add value to your home? The following post gives the findings of a research carried out on the subject:

Study finds solar power systems increase market value of homes

Findings from a team of real estate appraisal experts and a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory suggest that adding a photovoltaic solar power system to a home increases the home’s value across six states.

The market value of photovoltaic systems, or PV systems, has been unclear, leaving appraisers, homeowners and developers in the dark about whether they would increase home value. PV systems produce electricity from sunlight using semiconductor materials.

The study brought together a team of seven appraisal experts and Ben Hoen, a staff research associate at the Berkeley Lab and co-author of the report. The team observed that PV systems increase the market value of a home in markets in California, Oregon, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Read more at DailyCal.org…

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A solar system will not only increase your home’s value, it also will reduce your utility bills and is therefore a worthwhile investment.

With the increased awareness about the environment, a lot has also changed in the real estate industry. The following post explains this further:

Green home features now increase value and marketability of homes

Consumers in today’s real estate market are ready and willing to pay more for environmentally friendly, high performance features. Whether for the environmental advantages, the cost savings, or just for the sake of keeping up with trends, people are embracing green home features more than ever before.

Homes with these green features tend to be more marketable and sell for a greater market value. With green features being so popular, competitive real estate professionals need to stay educated on both the features themselves, and ways to market them. Read more at The Real Daily…

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These tips will go a long way in helping you determine and increase the market value of your home. On the other hand, if the market value of your Miami FL home is not as good as you’d like but you don’t have the money to fix it, you might consider selling it to a cash-buyer. Call us today for more information on how to sell your home for cash fast.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

6 Owner Financing Tips For Sellers In Greenville

If you’re thinking of selling your house using owner financing, make sure you read this blog post to learn the 6 owner financing tips for sellers in Greenville…

There are many ways to sell your house. You could list it on the market and see what sellers will pay. You could work with a real estate buying company (like what we do here at Mason Buys Houses) and get a fair all-cash offer, or you can consider owner financing and “be the bank” to sell your house to a buyer and collect payments over time.

Owner financing is a valuable but under-used strategy to sell your house. It’s where you offer terms to the buyer to pay you regular payments (just like a mortgage). Here are 6 owner financing tips for sellers in Greenville

Owner Financing Tip #1: Don’t Focus Only On Price

Price is just one component. Of course, you’ll want to find a price that is fair for both of you but there are other considerations as well (which could benefit you more than the asking price).

Owner Financing Tip #2: Timeline

Think about the timeline you want to be paid in. Banks might offer 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25-year mortgages. Do you want to accept payments over that period of time? Your buyer will want to find a timeline that works for them, too: they might not want to be paying you 25 years down the road!

Owner Financing Tip #3: Terms

The terms of the deal are one of the most important yet most overlooked parts of the deal. The terms might include things like how much down payment you want if there’s an early repayment penalty or a late payment penalty, and most important – how much interest you charge.

Owner Financing Tip #4: Protect Yourself

Even if you enter into an agreement with someone who is completely trustworthy, things could still go wrong – so make sure you protect yourself. For example, make sure you have insurance and the other person does as well for the various situations that could occur. And consider including a clause that retains the ownership of the house in your name until the house is fully paid.

Owner Financing Tip #5: Build Contingencies

Most of your owner financing agreement will be built around the “ideal plan” – of what would happen if everything goes perfectly. But sometimes things happen outside of our control, so building contingencies allow you to make better decisions if the unexpected happens. For example, what if the buyer no longer wants the house, or can longer pay, or wants to pay early, or wants to use the house in a different way than expected? Or what if your circumstances change and you no longer want to sell or you need to sell even faster? Agree to the contingencies with your buyer ahead of time and the arrangement will be so much smoother.

Owner Financing Tip #6: Get An Attorney

No matter how you ultimately structure your owner financing deal, make sure you work closely with an attorney who can help you. A poorly worded agreement could end up hurting you; an attorney can help.

Are you thinking about selling your house?

If you’re thinking of selling and are exploring your options, consider selling directly to us. If you don’t want to go through the hassle and headache of selling to the market then we might be able to help. Call our team at 864-300-2110 or click here now and fill out the form and we’ll give you a fair all-cash offer on your house.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Would An Investor Buy My House In Greenville For Close To Asking Price?

Are you looking to sell a house in Greenville, the [market_zipcode} zipcode, or anywhere in South Carolina? Then this blog post will answer the question, “Would an investor buy my house in Greenville for close to asking price?” Keep reading to find out the answer…

When it comes to selling your house, you have a couple of options:

  • You can sell it on the market by stating your asking price and then working with an agent to try and find a buyer (or trying to find a buyer yourself).
  • You can skip the “sell-on-the-market” process and just work with a buyer directly (like what we do here at Mason Buys Houses) who can offer you a price for your house.

If you’re wondering, “Would an investor buy my house  in Greenville for close to asking price?” then here’s what you need to know:

Why Investors Invest

An investor invests in real estate because they hope to buy at a lower price and either sell at a higher price or rent out the property. Therefore, investors are motivated to find houses that are priced affordably for them to buy.

Before you set your asking price, think about what benefit an investor provides…

Understanding The Asking Price

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Your asking price is a starting point for the negotiation. Even if you sell to someone on the market (through the help of a real estate agent), your asking price will be the starting point and the buyer will usually try to negotiate a lower price.

But here’s what most people don’t realize: the asking price has other factors built in… for example, it assumes that you have fixed up and cleaned up your property so it’s in pristine shape and ready for buyers. And, don’t forget that you have to pay bills, insurance, and taxes on your property the whole time an agent tries to find a buyer (which can take months). And then you’ll have to pay the agent a commission, which might be thousands of dollars.

So your asking price has all of these things “built into it”.

An Investor Skips All This

When you work with an investor, you actually skip all of this. You don’t have to fix up or clean up your house so you can save thousands of dollars there. And, you don’t have to pay bills, taxes, and insurance for months while you wait for a buyer to be found, so you save thousands of dollars there. And, you don’t have to pay a commission because no agent was used, so you save thousands of dollars there.

Add it all up: you save thousands of dollars by selling TO an investor instead of selling THROUGH an agent.

Summary

Selling to an investor allows you to sell faster and avoid all those expenses. That’s why an investor might not be able to buy a house near your asking your price. However, the discount you might provide them is money you wouldn’t see anyway while you wait months and “gamble” to sell your house on the open market.

Do you want to sell your house fast in Greenville?

If you’re looking to sell fast, get a fair all-cash offer from us. Just click here now to fill out the form or call our office at 864-300-2110.

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