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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. 

Ricki Irwin
Ricki Irwin
00:06 24 May 19
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Lela Leedham
03:08 22 Feb 19
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19:58 18 Feb 19
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19:58 18 Feb 19
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19:53 18 Feb 19
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18:04 17 Feb 19
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23:53 15 Feb 19
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steve Balsacker
19:35 14 Feb 19
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16:52 14 Feb 19
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Peter Floratos
04:51 14 Feb 19
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Tyler Hubbs
Tyler Hubbs
04:38 14 Feb 19
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Dennis Ripley
Dennis Ripley
03:55 14 Feb 19
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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
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karina giraldo
00:36 14 Feb 19
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Cody Raynoha
Cody Raynoha
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
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Alan Giblin
Alan Giblin
23:01 07 Feb 19
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Crosbey Proffitt
Crosbey Proffitt
22:48 07 Feb 19
I started off using a realtor thinking that I would be able to sell my home fast, but that wasn’t the case. I ended up reaching out to different companies and I ended up finding We Buy Any Vegas House. They were on it the second I reached out to them and were able to sell my home fast!
Investors
Investors
18:59 07 Feb 19
I have been in Real Estate for many years, it’s so refreshing to meet such professional, kind people to work with. We Buy Any Vegas House has great employees who are responsive and get things done quick. You can tell they have a true passion for what they do. If you are looking to work with a great team and you want to sell your house quick, I highly recommend this group!
Scott Henry
Scott Henry
18:53 07 Feb 19
We Buy Any Vegas House truly is one of the most reliable companies I have worked with. You can really tell that Casey and Ryan really care about what they do and really want to make you feel comfortable in the process. Thank you for all your guys help!
Ashlyn Mazur
Ashlyn Mazur
21:26 02 Nov 18
Most professional real estate company I've ever worked with! Would for sure recommend them!
Ashley Thompson
Ashley Thompson
18:59 02 Nov 18
I called 3 different companies and Casey was the most responsive. His offer was higher than the other ones as well. I really liked that they were a local company and everyone who helped me in the process was great to work with!
Katrine Baker
Katrine Baker
18:39 02 Nov 18
My mom and I had to move out of our house pretty quickly due to her martial differences. They were honest and extremely professional during the process and we are forever grateful to have worked with such a great company! Highly recommend!
Gregory Mitchell
Gregory Mitchell
00:26 01 Nov 18
Unfortunately, I never thought I would see myself having to get rid of my home, especially in a fast time frame. However, life happens, and I needed to sell my home quickly due to a death in the family. I reached out to 4 companies in Las Vegas, and We Buy Any Vegas House not only was the most efficient, but the friendliest, most reasonable, and compassionate. The other 3 companies did not even compare. Casey and Ryan have gone above and beyond to make sure that this worked for me. They truly care about you, which means a lot especially during a tough time. They put in the effort to care about the client first, as well as my family during this tough time. I am so grateful to have found them, and to top it off, they bought my house and put cash in my pocket in 7 days. Would recommend to all! Use this company, you can't go wrong! Thanks to Casey, Ryan and John!
Samantha Bonneville
Samantha Bonneville
00:23 01 Nov 18
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Alyssa Trent
Alyssa Trent
23:08 31 Oct 18
I worked with them to help my Mom sell her house and they were so amazing!! They explained to us exactly how everything worked step by step. I called them on a Monday and they got us cash by Thursday. Casey is such a genuine person.
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
22:10 31 Oct 18
After a tenant trashed my rental property, I was faced with the decision of remodeling or selling the property in its current state. I called Casey and he walked me through the entire process, start to finish. After factoring in the amount of time and money the remodel would take, it was clear that selling to them was the best decision for me. Within a week of my first contact with Casey and his team, we closed on the property and I had cash in hand. I'll definitely be reaching out to them in the future. THANKS!!!
Corey Trent
Corey Trent
02:33 31 Oct 18
I reached out to Casey and Ryan when I needed to sell my house. They were very professional and helped me through this tough time. They were able to buy my house and close fast. What a great team they are! I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again!
John Washington
John Washington
02:24 31 Oct 18
As a very skeptical person I always believe that my best interest is not priority when dealing with people that want my business. I cannot name the countless times that I have been burned. After looking to sell my house for a cash offer, I was called by a lot of investors, most of which had very little customer service. Several didn't return call when they said they would and then when they finally called me back, they got anger when I decided not to use their Services. From day one Ryan not only treated me like is #1 customer but also treated my whole family like long time friends. I most also state that his offer wasn't even the highest. I took the lower off with him due to the fact that he help with crucial tax situations that I needed taken care before receiving them money so it wouldn't bit me in the butt later. He answered every call before and after the process was completed. 99% of others wouldn't have even answered a text once they got the money. Could I have made a couple of thousand dollars more with someone else? Sure, but the peace of mind in knowing that it was done the right way by someone who actually was professional and care was more than worth it. Ryan has made a customer and friend for life.
Green Girl
Green Girl
00:00 31 Oct 18
I was in a really tough spot because my Husband was in the Hospital and had passed away. I was completely unready for this and had discovered that there would be considerable expenses!  I had received several letters from companies interested in the property on an "as is" basis.  Most had never got back to me after I called them or were too low of offers.  I put an inquiry in their website and was immediately contacted by the Owner who was able to come the very next day!  The entire process was easy and professional.  Thank you We Buy Any Vegas House!
Mike
Mike
23:37 30 Oct 18
Casey and Ryan were so helpful! I was was a week from being Foreclosed and they were able to get me cash in my account in 5 days! And even let me rent back until I was able to find a new home!
Karl Workman
Karl Workman
21:03 30 Oct 18
This company was not only the most professional real estate company i've dealt with, but they're the most reliable and respond quicker than most companies i've ever dealt with. They were fast, professional, and knowledgable in all aspects of our deal. Would and plan to recommend them to all of my friends and family! 10/10.
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