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What You Should Do When Buying a House ‘For Sale by Owner

If you’ve looking for a house to buy lately, you probably have come across a sign in one or a few prospects, saying “For Sale by Owner.” And if it so happens that you fancy one of them, you’re probably wondering what that sign means.

The one thing you need to understand first and foremost is that buying a house being sold by the owners without the representation of a realtor comes with definite benefits as well as some risks.

In the usual real estate transaction, a homeowner lists his or her home through a real estate agent. In this arrangement, the home seller/owner will also be carrying with him or her the responsibility of paying the realtors’ fees, both to his or her own agent and the agent who represents the buyer. Therefore, in order to save money by avoiding the usual commission or fees to be handed out to a realtor, a lot of people these days who sell their homes or property choose to list and sell their property on their own. This is why you see some homes being sold with a yard sign saying, “For Sale by Owner.”

Now here are some valuable tips on how to deal with this type of property for sale.

1 – Know that there are some services you no longer will get due to the absence of a realtor.

So you’ve been working with a buyer’s agent while searching for a house to buy, but what if you eventually decide to get the one with the “FSBO” sign? The thing is when you decide to purchase the home with an FSBO sign, it means you can never continue working with the realtor for the simple reason that the seller won’t be giving any commissions.

2 – Get a mortgage pre-approval first.

If you’ve been looking for prospects as of late, it only means you already obtained a pre-approval for a mortgage. If you don’t have one, then stop looking and focus on getting it first. If you go ahead and try to make a deal with the owner/seller of the house you want to buy without a pre-approval letter, it means they likely will not take your offer seriously.

3 – Never intend to skip the home inspection.

Know that even without the help of a realtor, there are certain steps in the home buying process that you can never afford to skip. One of those steps is the home inspection. For you to get the assurance that the property does not have hidden problems that could cost thousands of dollars in repair later, you need to tap the services of a qualified professional to do the home inspection.

Keep those reminders in mind whenever you’re finally buying a house that’s for sale by the owner and without the services of a realtor.
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