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Here’s Why Investors Have A Reputation For Making Low Offers

Investor signing an offer for a house

It’s no secret, real estate investors have a reputation for making low-ball offers on properties.

So much so, you may have had an investor call you about a property you own, and you just hung up on them.

For this article, we’ll mostly be discussing situations where an investor is making an offer to buy a property in need of repairs, a.k.a, a fixer-upper.

Let’s dive into the legitimate reasons why investors may not make you an offer as high as you had hoped.

Investors Take on Significant Risk

The recent explosion of house flipping shows on HGTV make it seem like renovating a house is so easy.

Everything from:

  • Finding

  • Buying

  • Renovating

  • And reselling the property

Is boiled down into a one-hour television show.

Sure, every episode may have some drama, but they do not do a good job showing the significant risks investors take on each time they buy a new property.

When buying a fixer-upper, investors may have to deal with:

  • Old, dangerous, and outdated electrical work

  • Outdated, possibly leaky plumbing

  • Roofs that need replacing

  • Hidden foundation issues

  • Hidden pest and termite issues

  • There could be all kinds of hidden surprises behind the walls that are impossible to see

Dealing with all of these issues costs a ton of money.

A failing foundation alone can cost upwards of $30,000. Or, if it’s bad enough, the house may have to be torn down and rebuilt!

A house you’ve been living in for decades may seem fine to you, but in reality, it might need six figures worth of work to get it up to modern living standards.

Investors have to factor in these risks when making an offer to buy your property.

Most Homeowners Don’t Realize The True Cost of Rehabbing a Property

As I mentioned above, investors sink a ton of money into a property to bring it up to modern standards.

Are all your windows old, original single panes from the 1960s?

It can easily cost over $10,000 just to get all the windows replaced.

Does the house need to be fully repiped and rewired, so it’s up to code?

That can be another $20,000 right there.

Foundation issues? Foundation issues can cost more than renovating everything else combined, depending on the severity.

All these costs add up quickly, and this is before the investor can even think of making the house look pretty by installing new floors, countertops, vanities, etc.

Investors Offer You A Certain Level of Certainty Traditional Buyers Can’t

When an investor is interested in buying your house, they will do everything in their power to close on it.

They don’t have emotions tied to the house.

It’s purely a calculated business decision.

Investors buy with cash or specialized loans designed to close on investment properties.

You typically don’t have to worry about an investor’s financing falling through.

Unlike traditional buyers who may get scared off because an inspection cites foundation issues, most investors won’t care.

When unexpected major issues are found, an investor will most likely ask the price to be adjusted to reflect the additional work required.

Investors Will Offer To Pay Your Closing Costs

Commonly, real estate investors will offer to pay all your closing costs when they buy your house from you.

Closing costs can add up.

For example, when selling your house to a traditional buyer off the MLS, you often have to pay some combination of:

Note: Let’s use a house listed at $500,000 as an example.

  • Realtor Commissions at 6%: $30,000

  • Buyer Requested Repairs: $5,000 - $10,000

  • Buyer Requested Closing Costs: $5,000 - $10,000

  • City/County Transfer Taxes: 1% of the sales price - $5,000

  • Staging: $1,000

  • Home Warranty: $500

  • Pre-inspection: $500

  • Deep Cleaning Cost: $300

  • Recording Fees: $100

Total: $57,400

Every real estate transaction is different. And as such, some of these numbers may be higher or lower for you. Some of these numbers also may not apply to you.

As you can see, there are many costs the investor is paying for you, or become unnecessary, such as the commission.

Investors Can Offer You A Fast Closing

Professional investors aim to close on your property quickly. Sometimes as soon as a few days.

A traditional buyer will take at least 30 days to close if everything goes right.

Should something go wrong, forget it. Escrow can drag out weeks longer, or the deal could entirely fall apart,

If time is of the essence, selling to an investor may be your best bet, even if the offer is lower than what you could get from a traditional buyer.

Investors Will Help You Navigate Tricky Situations

Whether you like the idea of selling to a real estate investor or not, they have their place, and they do provide a genuine service to people in need.

Most often, people looking to sell their house can, and should, sell it on the open market to get the highest offer possible.

However, there are scenarios when selling directly to an investor is a smart move.

Many investors pride themselves as being “problem solvers,” which is a good thing for you if you’re in a pinch with your house.

For example, let’s say your house is scheduled to sell at auction in five days, and you have no other options left.