The fastest ways to sell your Austin house are actually so easy and simple to do, you don't even need to get a real estate agent.
Austin is an up and coming city, and it's grown even more in popularity recently as many transplants from California and other states are coming over.
This means that the demand is going to be high while the supply is still relatively low. Even developers are struggling to keep up with the demand.
So, if you're interested in selling your home, here's what you can do.
...Is to an investor!
If you really do need to sell your house fast in Austin, then you should contact an investor (like the one we just linked), and they'll be able to work out some form of offer with you.
The reason why you may consider an investor is because they use private money and can close on a house super fast, without having to get bank approval and a bunch of other red tape.
Additionally, because they're well-versed in buying in your area, they know what all the steps are and what to check off while getting ready for the closing table.
This can drastically cut time down from showings and negotiations to paperwork and approvals.
Weeks and months can turn into mere days (possibly not even a week)!
Now, if you want to sell your house yourself, then here's what you can do.
Yup, as simple and obvious as that may sound, most people think that signs in the yard aren't going to be very effective.
The truth is, signs on the property can actually get you phone calls faster than any other marketing method to sell a house.
You may get phone calls within the hour as people are passing by and noticing that it's available.
The great thing about this is that you won't have to go through an agent or all the typical preparations, while giving up 10% just to commissions.
If that's not worth buying a $2 sign, then I don't know what is!
One critical piece of advice with signs: make sure you don't put your cell phone number on it.
Get a new number from a call service like Callrail or similar, and record a voicemail on that line.
Use that line on your for sale sign and any other marketing tools like craigslist or zillow. If you don't, you're going to have a bad time.
That number will get scraped and eventually spammed by realtors who want to list your house, and other people who are just going to spam blast you with cold calls and text messages.
Using a voicemail will allow you to screen for serious buyers and once you're done you can just get rid of it, avoiding the perpetual spam that will typically come with a publicly available phone number.
Most homeowners want a full cash price for their house, but depending on the state of the home, where it's at, time of year, and market situation, they might end up sitting with that house longer than expected.
Here's the thing about terms...
Even though it's not the full amount up front, it expands your buyer pool to multiples more than a typical buyer pool that you're going to get.
The reason is because there are millions of americans who can't qualify for traditional financing from a bank, but they have a ton of cash in hand and can pay a monthly note.
If you offer terms, then you can take a large down payment, increase your sales price by 5-10%, and have a balloon payment 3-5 years down the line where they owe your the remainder of the balance.
This way you make money in the down payment, and make more overall with a higher sales price once they cash you out in a few years when they can qualify for a mortgage.
Instantly, you'll start receiving calls from people offering you 5k down, 10k down, or 15k+ down to lock in the deal!
Zillow, trulia, craigslist, forsalebyowner.com, and any other sites you can find, will allow you to list the property.
Particualrly in Austin, people are looking for a house all the time, so you're not going to have much trouble getting phone calls.
The downside is that a lot of them will probably be an agent trying to make money off you, but once you weed those guys out (remember the phone line voicemail from the first method), you'll get a lot of people interested in taking a look at your home.