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Selling your home can be a stressful and overwhelming task. Guaranteed Home Sale Programs are designed to make this process much easier but what exactly are the guarantees and is there a catch?
What are Guaranteed Home Sale Programs?
Guaranteed Home Sale or “I Buy” programs are a marketing technique used by real estate agents to try and get your business. Essentially if your home does not sell within a certain time frame, the agent or brokerage will purchase it from you.
As such, this selling strategy could entice many sellers to consider it. It sounds like the perfect safety net to relieve you from stress and financial worry.
Here’s the inside scoop:
- First up, the contract has a strict set of parameters to ensure there is a fast sale
- The listing price must be decreased consistently throughout the selling process
- Certain projects, repairs, upgrades must be completed around the home before listing
- The home must be available at all times for showings and open houses
- The price of the home must start at fair market value — not any higher
- The guaranteed sale price that is agreed upon is thousands of your property’s final list price
- Lastly, there is often a higher commission rate included for this type of program
So in the end, if you can still agree to all the rules and limitations, the Guaranteed Home Sale program could work for you. Just remember that if someone else is taking the risk and guaranteeing to buy your home, there is a hefty price to be paid for that type of security.
Of all the agents that market a “Guaranteed Sale Program”, they only end up getting “stuck” with one or two over their entire career. Yes, I said stuck because that is what they refer to it as. Think about it. Do you really think you are going to end up utilizing the guarantee when you will end up losing that much money? The straight-up answer is NO.
Let’s dive even deeper. If you did decide on an agent because of this program, you chose one that is more concerned about your home selling versus getting the highest price possible. How can an agent work to get you the highest price possible when they are trying to avoid buying it themselves? These mixed motivations are too conflicted.
In our opinion, it’s just a gimmick to distract you from selecting the best agent for the job. Instead, our suggestion is to find an agent that has the appropriate skill set to represent you and your home. For what is typically the largest asset you will ever own, hire someone who keeps your best interest as the top priority.
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