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Selling Your Home While Abroad

If you are holding on to a home that doesn’t serve as your primary residence or it’s staying empty while you are on vacation or travelling for work a lot, it may be in your best interest to sell it. Houses that are sitting empty can prove to be a liability and beacons for thieves and vandals. Not to mention, you’re paying monthly for a property that you don’t even use, and may also be siphoning money away into bills as well. However, if you are traveling abroad or are already living abroad, then selling your home will be much more challenging than if you were in the area or even in the country in which your home is located. Though it’s difficult, it is not however, impossible. In fact, we’ve gathered plenty of tips and guidelines that you can follow in order for you to sell your house while abroad, or even just out of the state. 

Consider These Things First

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Selling your house is not a decision to take lightly, as the process is very involved and often lengthy if you don’t know what you’re doing. For this reason, we’ve outlined a few things for you to consider and perhaps discuss with a real estate agent to figure out if you are ready to sell, or perhaps maybe go with another option such as renting or AirBnB.

Do you really want to sell? Do you really want to sell your house? Is it a need to get rid of your property? Will the money help you get out of a tight spot or are you able to continue paying your second mortgage monthly without issue? Are you living overseas permanently or only temporarily? There are a lot of considerations to make in this decision, and no person’s answers are going to be the same as the next person’s. But if you’re finding yourself struggling to keep up with the payments and maintenance for a home halfway across the world when you’re not even there, it will likely be a good idea to sell it and get it off your hands. Unless you’re deeply committed to that particular home, you can always use the money you will save to then purchase a new property if you return.

Can you afford to sell? While this seems to be a trick question, it is one you should consider because there are costs associated with selling a house, even if you will eventually recuperate the money you spent. The truth is, there are a lot of fees involved in selling a house. If you live overseas, you will definitely want to enlist the help of a real estate agent, but this will cost you. Keep in mind that you will be paying around 6% of the sale price to him or her, and potentially other fees depending on the services you enlist. For example, if your house is empty you may want to hire a professional staging company to make the home look nice for when potential buyers come to tour. There are also taxes involved in this like real estate taxes, escrow fees, and a bunch of others. The cost of all of these fees will vary depending on what state you are in. For example, in Texas alone, the average payout is 12%, which is a pretty big chunk of change. The buyers may also request for you to cover some of the associated closing costs as part of a contingency clause. If you are thinking you may need to take some time to save up to cover these fees, then it’s probably best to hold off on selling your home for a little while longer until you are set financially.

Is renting a better option for you? So you’re fed up with monthly rent payments on an empty house… but you’re not sure you want to sell. If this sounds like you, perhaps you would consider renting out the house or listing it as an AirBnB. By renting it out, not only will you be able to cover the monthly rent payments, but you’ll also be able to make money. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you don’t mind putting in the work to schedule maintenance, keep up to speed with the renters, etc. There is risk in this, as you won’t be able to personally visit the home ever so often to ensure nothing has gone haywire. You will also have to be in charge of maintenance and facilitating new tenants moving in and out, which can be difficult to do from afar. However, you could factor in the cost of a real estate agent whom you trust to take care of these sorts of things for you.

8 Easy Ways to Sell Your Property

If you are truly decided to selling your property while you are abroad, then you should follow these easy tips in order to be successful at it. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure to finish any projects that need to be completed around the house. If you have unfinished projects or routine maintenance work to still be done around the house, make sure that you finish those up first. Selling a house isn’t going to be easy if things have been left unfinished, or worse, in disarray. But, don’t rush anything. It’s always better to do a good job than a poor job. And make sure you have someone come inspect the property and update you on its status. You can have them send pictures or videos so you know what the state of the home is inside. 
  2. Have the house professionally cleaned. While most homeowners can do this part of the job themselves, if you are out of the country, you will need to hire someone to clean your property back home. Luckily, you can just relax and be confident in the fact that you are having a professional crew come out and take care of this mundane task for you, and you don’t have to lift a finger! Don’t skip this step. Buyers will immediately be turned off by an unclean house. It’s one of the easiest things to do to make your house look nice, so don’t cheap out on this important part of selling. 
  3. Leave a blank canvas. It’s extremely important to allow the buyer to be able to envision the home as their own. Enlist your real estate agent to remove any personal effects like family photos, heirlooms, etc. Providing them with a neutral canvas can help the buyer think about how they could enjoy the home if it was theirs.
  4. Decluttering. You want to create a nice, open space within your home. Having a bunch of excess furniture and decor can crowd up rooms and make potential buyers feel like the space is much smaller than it actually is. Have your agent or a professional staging company rearrange your furniture and decor to open up the space. This will give your buyers the opportunity to look around and visualize how they would like their home to be. 
  5. Make sure the exterior areas look presentable. The moment a buyer walks up to your property, the very first thing that they will notice is your front lawn. If your lawn is overgrown, paint is peeling, siding is weathered, etc, what do you think your buyer will think of the property? Odds are they won’t think very highly. Hire a landscaping crew to take care of the yard’s presentation, and a handyman to clean up the outside areas such as siding. 
  6. Emphasize your house’s best features. When you or your agent are working on writing ad copy, really think about what your home’s top features are. Does your house have a pool? A patio/deck in the backyard that is great for barbecues and gatherings? Play up the benefits of these features, and you’re sure to hook some serious buyers.
  7. Look at all angles when selling . When you are marketing your property, make sure to attack in all angles. This means you have to cover all the bases that you can to market your house. Go online and post it on social media pages, hand out flyers and put posters, spread the word to family and friends. Using various mediums to advertise your home for sale can help you gain the most traction possible, which is key when you are selling your home from abroad.
  8. Be flexible when it comes to negotiating. We get it, it’s hard to come down on the price you set for a home. But remember, this is to be expected. Don’t stick to a fixed price, be able to negotiate terms and conditions with buyers. 

Final Thoughts

Attempting to sell your property while you’re out of the country can definitely be challenging, but it can certainly be done with a little effort. If you have the drive and the right people to work with, you can sell in no time. 

jesse phalin
jesse phalin
01:29 18 May 21
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Went above and beyond assisting me through this process. Helped me move my things and even let me leave what I wasn’t taking with me. Thanks for all of the hard work.
Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart
21:27 08 May 21
My husband handled the process but felt good dealing with this local company and they did not try to change price after seeing the house. They actually offered higher once they saw our home. Had 5 companies come our to give us bids and they all were bait and switch. They beat everyone’s offers too. We tried to list before and couldn’t sell. I don’t know why anyone would work with head aches of real estate agents and paying commissions, banks, inspectors and the time to close only to walk away with the same money. Thank you Ryan and Jamie.
degan Stewart
degan Stewart
21:23 08 May 21
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Brian Higgins
Brian Higgins
22:00 04 May 21
Thank you guys so much for everything. Ryan and Jamie Helped me find a place to get out of our old place. It was so nice to have the moving company just handle everything for me.
Sheila Winn
Sheila Winn
19:05 09 Apr 21
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Valerie Grijalva
Valerie Grijalva
17:30 27 Feb 21
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Ann Reback
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16:38 25 Feb 21
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Jess Lapensee
16:31 25 Feb 21
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Eyal Karban
16:22 25 Feb 21
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Kate 7Timmons7
01:02 26 Nov 20
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Towik Jes
05:36 16 Nov 20
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Alexa Pughlet
Alexa Pughlet
04:15 17 Sep 20
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Pauletta Smith
Pauletta Smith
21:08 02 Sep 20
I contacted them on 8/06/2020 and had my check in my hand on 9/01/2020! They were fast, professional, and gave me a very fair offer for my property. I had to get out of my house pretty quick because of a medical problem and I was able to do most of the paperwork on line. The title company they worked with was great. Very fast and very thorough. No snags. Easy transaction! Signed all the papers and had my money 5 days later. I would recommend them to anybody. Plus...packed and took what I needed and left the rest. No cleaning or trying to find someone to take what I didnt want. Awesome! Thank you.
James Aimery
James Aimery
05:11 08 Aug 20
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Wayne Romerobel
Wayne Romerobel
03:57 30 Jun 20
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Lynne M
Lynne M
04:52 24 Jun 20
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Frank Lyod
Frank Lyod
04:21 12 Jun 20
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04:20 28 May 20
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Tom Cruz
Tom Cruz
04:11 12 May 20
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04:31 25 Apr 20
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Florinda Shuff
04:42 08 Apr 20
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Florinda Shuff
04:53 21 Jan 20
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Freddy Aleman
Freddy Aleman
18:47 27 Dec 19
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Angela Rienstra
Angela Rienstra
21:06 26 Dec 19
I needed to sell my house from out of state ASAP. I looked into some other larger name companies and was disappointed with their turn-around time and lack of customer service. I'm so grateful to have found Ryan (and Kelly)! They understood my time crunch and moved heaven and earth to buy my house at a fair price and closed by the promised date. They were with me every step of the way and offered world class service! 100% would recommend to anyone!
Sue Kuckelmann
Sue Kuckelmann
17:02 16 Nov 19
We couldn’t be more pleased with the service provided. From start to finish the team was professional and extremely helpful. All the deadlines were met or exceeded even when I was in Arizona and my husband was in Las Vegas. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to sell in Las Vegas.
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
17:47 25 Oct 19
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Mandy Majano
Mandy Majano
01:49 07 Oct 19
They did exactly what they said they would. Great company! Highly suggest!
Anthony Montonini
Anthony Montonini
01:31 07 Oct 19
Thank you guys. We were selling our house to Casey And Ryan and there was some HOA liens that totaled over $40k and they met with the HOA board with me and got them reduced to less than $5k so I walked away with $35k more than I thought I was going to. True professionals!
Nicole Dur
Nicole Dur
01:20 07 Oct 19
My grandma needed help selling after my grandpa passed :( anyways I found them through google and they really treated her like their own family. And let us leave a lot of the stuff she had accumulated over 40 years in the house. Thank you Casey and Ryan!!
pat rolman
pat rolman
01:13 07 Oct 19
These guys have true character. We signed agreement to buy my house then my situation changed and they didn’t force me to move forward. Then 2 months later I needed to sell it and they helped me find a new place any everything. They are really Great people.
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That_one_random_ Crafter
00:06 24 May 19
This was so easy Casey was very helpful and kept in contact through the entire process thank you again for everything. Highly recommend this company.
Lela Leedham
Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
Great experience working with Casey and Ryan. We would recommend them anytime. They are very knowledgeable and very professional.
Emily Binder
Emily Binder
21:16 18 Feb 19
Jennifer Gibbs
Jennifer Gibbs
19:58 18 Feb 19
A very impressive operation. Very professional and knowledgeable. They follow up when they say they will. Very helpful Team. If you're looking for a fast and fair cash offer on your home, these are the guys to call!
Mario Elizondo
Mario Elizondo
19:58 18 Feb 19
Very professional and a pleasure to work with.
Danny O'Bannon
Danny O'Bannon
19:53 18 Feb 19
I called 5 different companies from google trying to find a company that would pay the most for my rental and their offer was higher than the others. Extremely streamlined process. Easiest transaction I’ve done
Ross Greene
Ross Greene
18:04 17 Feb 19
Ryan & Casey were great to work with! Absolute pro's in the business. I would definitely recommend them. If only I could give them more than 5 stars. Hope to work with them again soon! Thanks guys!
Pam Dickerson
Pam Dickerson
23:53 15 Feb 19
Excellent customer service! Helped us through the entire process. Highly recommend!
steve Balsacker
steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
Me and my wife had gone through a divorce and we wanted a quick way to get rid of our property so we could just move on with our lives, Thankfully Ryan came in and helped us out, I didn't have the time to deal with the headache of people coming in and out as well as all the repairs that were needed. He gave me top dollar for my home and I was out in 7 days!
jason almeida
jason almeida
16:52 14 Feb 19
We have seen their signs around town and thought it was a scam, we decided to give them a call and I couldn't have been happier with our experience. They were professional and knowledgable, they paid for all closing costs and even helped with our family move. Great guys and great company! Thanks again!
Peter Floratos
Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
This team handles their business right. They are a pleasure to work with.
Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
Ryan and Casey treated me with patience and respect during the whole transaction! Very trustworthy and explained each and every question I had!! I would highly recommend We Buy Any Vegas House!!
Avraham Metal
Avraham Metal
01:58 14 Feb 19
As a Real Estate Agent I have sold properties to Casey and his Team. They are men of their word and have never let me down.
Dena Shapiro
Dena Shapiro
01:29 14 Feb 19
What an AWESOME experience!! Casey and Ryan are THE BOMB!! They either answer their phone ALWAYS or respond within minutes. They originally called to see if I wanted to sell but I wasn't interested in selling. However, my neighbor had to sell immediately so I referred them to her, she accepted their offer & they closed escrow within weeks. It would've been A LOT sooner but there were delaying issues on the seller side. Anyways, they got it closed & EVERYONE is happy!! Thank you so much Casey & Ryan :). YOU'RE THE BEST!!!
Ron Lorenzo Woods
Ron Lorenzo Woods
00:51 14 Feb 19
Great team with quick and professional service!
karina giraldo
karina giraldo
00:36 14 Feb 19
Knowledgeable, fair, and professional. I loved working with Casey. I did my research before selecting a company, and I’m so happy I went with them!
Cody R
Cody R
00:27 14 Feb 19
Casey runs a great company that's honest, easy to deal with, and is always fair. I'd absolutely work with him again!
Whitney Carter
Whitney Carter
21:42 08 Feb 19
Grateful to have worked with such a great company! Long story, short they really did help me through a tough time. No need to get into details, but this company really knows what they are doing. Thank you for all of your help with my home. Highly HIGHLY recommend!
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