Convenience Can Be Costly-Selling Your San Antonio TX Home the iBuyer Way

Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX Access 574299

There's a newer trend in town on a very convenient way to Sell Your San Antonio TX area home.  Suffice it to say, I won't specifically name each company, but as a whole, they are called iBuyer's and offer you, the home seller a quick and efficient way to get your home sold without the hassle of preparing your home to sell, showings and anxiety of when the sale will take place.  You can ask for an offer on your home, they will make one and if you decide to take it, walla, just pick the closing date and your done, (a little moreConvenience is Costlycomplicated than that, but that's the gist of it).

On the surface, this seems like an ideal way to get your home sold.  No fuss, no muss, just get it sold and get on to the next adventure.  The problem is, convenience like this is costly and may have you leaving a ton of money at the table as one would say.  Now, obviously the first point is, they are not going to offer you what you could sell it for with a traditional listing agent. I'm assuming that you understand that.  Again, most individuals understand that these iBuyers are going to turn and sell your home and want to turn a profit.  

The second point is that they are going to charge you, the seller, traditionally MORE than a typical Listing Broker, meaning that you are still paying typical Broker fees to the other selling agent when this company lists and sell the home AND, for the convenience of selling your home to them at many times, BELOW market value, you are also paying them a Broker fee.  Perhaps, you figured that as well and you're "ok with it".  Again, you understand that convenience can and will come at a price.  

The Third point however, is that once they offer and you accept, they are going to inspect the home and then more than likely charge you the home seller some repair costs.  I've heard that number is anywhere from $2000-$8000 dollars.  

We did a test on one of my team members homes and it looks like for the convenience of selling her home, it would cost her about $30,000 of her equity and that's using the minimal numbers on repairs, etc.  One company offered her a minimum of $10,000 Under Market Value (meaning she could probably get $15 or 20K more in Today's market).  

But I digress...what if, that's ok with you?  The convenience of selling your home quickly, knowing that it's done with and you can move on can be quite tempting, EVEN if you have the extra money to give to these companies.

By the way...many of these companies exist and are doing the same thing in the places that you are moving to.....

If you are looking to purchase a home owned by one of these companies you have a new set of issues, such as:  

Convenience is CostlyThey OVERPRICE the home and do not negotiate especially if the home is newly on the market...even after price changes they rarely negotiate lower.

Do not do the repairs that the seller gave them money for.  They may pop in some new carpet and maybe slap on some paint but that's about it.  (By the way...where's the disclosure for these inspecions?  Whole 'nother post)

When and if you get to an agreed upon price, you may have issues with the negotiations of those repairs and, if the home doesn't appraise, then it's back to the drawing table, costing YOU time and money for inspections, appraisales and aggravation, (they don't like to sell at the appraised value)

These companies have a lot of capital that large hedge funds have thrown money to.  They can afford to let a home sit there for months with no action.  This, in the future, may cause neighborhoods to devalue and turn those homes into investment type properties in the San Antonio TX area.  I have done the numbers on one company in particular and they have over 200 listings that haven't sold or have come back on the market in the past 6 months.  They are just sitting there...vacant and overpriced.

Does this happen with EVERY iBuyer experience, no, not at all; however, if you're looking to Sell Your Home, I'd advise you do all the research you can before just opting for convenience.  Grab your offer, then CALL ME, and do the comparison.  Let me show you how I can Help You Findurwayhome and keep your money.  

Convenience Can Be Costly!! 


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Brenda Mullen – San Antonio Texas Real Estate Professional

Brenda Mullen Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent
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Comments (10)

Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Great post, if everyone would show their value the customer would be better educated at what we do.

Feb 18, 2019 01:16 PM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- -I agree.  I think that if sellers choose to go this route, they defintely need to do their research to understand exactly what they are gaining or not gaining.  Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 18, 2019 01:23 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

This should be a great example of "you get what you pay for", but in this case you don't even get that. You are, in fact, getting less than you end up paying. Good heads up Brenda.

Feb 18, 2019 02:31 PM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Jane Peters may get the "convenience" you seek, but it comes at a very high cost.  Was reading a company's hidden reviews.  Definitely looks like a lot of that "convenience" is highly overrated as well.  Buyer....I mean Seller beware lol!

Feb 18, 2019 02:51 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

WOW! Brenda Mullen You nailed this one alright. It costs them more of their hard earned equity for sure when they sell with these so called, "iBuyers". Welcome Back!

Feb 21, 2019 02:29 PM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Jerry Newman -Costs them sometimes more than money IMO, but hopefully would be sellers truly do their research before hopping on this bandwagon!  Thanks, I've not been far lol...

Feb 21, 2019 02:33 PM
Brenda Mullen

I think that would be a great idea!  We need to just catch up lol!

Feb 21, 2019 02:43 PM
Jerry Newman

Let's have a mini-meetup. Maybe we can get a few others to join us this time around. 

Feb 21, 2019 02:40 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brenda Mullen - You really hit the nail on the head! What a great post with lots of truth!

Mar 27, 2019 09:27 AM
Brenda Mullen

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !  These are getting so common right now, I just figured it's nice to have the facts.  Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 28, 2019 01:50 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We have an broker in our market who advertises that, if you list with him, he will buy your home if it does not sell. I know this is not a new trick but how can anyone not understand that, if a home does not sell at its list price, the broker will not pay that price either? Sure, he will buy the home, but you will not be happy with the price he pays. After all, he must resell and cover his costs including the commission that will most likely be paid to the buyer's agent.

Not an iBuyer, but still...not a good deal for the seller.

Jul 06, 2021 10:41 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you and you will soon be posting again.

Have an outstanding summer.

Aug 05, 2023 07:58 AM