If you want to sell the property in as is condition and will not fix it up, you may be limiting the types of buyers who can get mortgage financing for your home. If the home is in very poor condition it may only qualify for a cash buyer. I am familiar with FHA 203K rehab loans. I could help you market this loan option to potential owner occupant buyers who do not have the upfront money to do the repairs after closing. This is a great loan program that allows the buyer to roll in up to $35,000 worth of repairs into their mortgage loan as long as the home appraises for the sale price plus the repair loan amount. There are not many lenders who offer this type of loan, but I have a couple that I work with. I have already closed 2 of these types of loans this year.
A few tips after you take posession of the property make sure to change the locks and forward the mail to your address. Plan to annually update the forwarding address for a few years to keep it from expiring. You never know who may contact the deceased, especially around the holidays. Then, you can let them know what happened. Receiving the mail will help you figure out who creditors are, too, whether payments were current and if there are subscriptions you need to cancel. Make sure to keep the homeowner's insurance policy effective until the day the home closes. If the furniture is old or worn, get rid of it. Don't leave it in the house because it will detract from the sale. If there is carpeting over wood floors, expose the wood floors and, if necessary, refinish the floors.
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Alexander Chandler Realty is the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in Fort Worth, and was awarded the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award in 2010. Our office is located at 6336 Camp Bowie Blvd, which is right down the road from your home on El Campo. I am very familiar with this neighborhood.
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