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Full Process of Selling Your House with House Buyer Bureau

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We know that selling your home fast is any house seller’s dream, particularly when the average time a residential property spends on the market in England and Wales is around 102 days. We can complete in 7 to 10 working days in some cases. In this blog we go through the quick and easy process of selling your home for cash, no matter what condition it’s in. There are no hidden fees, you are never tied in and there is no pressure.

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There is no obligation to continue with the process at any stage until you exchange contracts.

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Step 1 – Getting Started

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Enter some basic details on our website and a member of our friendly team will ring you for a no obligation chat.

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Step 2 – Chat to Our Team

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We will talk you through the easy process to sell your property in a little more detail and answer any questions that you may have. At this stage we will be able to give you an indication of what we can pay (Offer in Principle) which we can email and send in writing through the post.

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Step 3 – Property Value

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If you are happy with what we have discussed so far then the next step is to ask the opinion of local estate agents as to the value of the property (in some cases they may not need to visit the property). We will send 2 trusted local estate agents to visit your property at a time that best suits you and they will value your home. This report enables us to put together an accurate and fair cash offer for purchasing your property.

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Step 4 – Formal Offer

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Once we have reviewed the valuations then we will be able to provide you with our Formal Offer. It is up to you whether or not you would like to accept it. We give you 7 days to consider our offer.  Don’t forget, you are still under no obligation to proceed.

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Step 5 – Instructing a Solicitor

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After accepting the formal offer the next step is to instruct the solicitors. Instructing a solicitor is easy. You can either choose to use one of our trusted solicitors at absolutely no cost to you, or if you’d prefer, then you’re welcome to use your own solicitor. We don’t charge for the use of a solicitor from our panel and we will also take care of any further legal costs incurred with the sale. If you choose to use your own solicitor, then we do offer a contribution (up to £500 + VAT) to the cost of their service subject to the sale’s completion.

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Step 6 – Survey & Identification

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We will arrange and pay for a local survey to check the condition of the property at a time and date to suit you. We will also talk you through our ID requirements. This process has been put in place to protect our sellers as well as us. Fraud prevention is very important to us.

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Step 7 – Get the Cash!

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Exchanging contracts is the point when we are legally tied in, completion is when you get the money.  Both exchange and completion can be on the same day or they can be separate if you would like time between. The completion date is set by you. On that day, your solicitor will arrange to have any secured debt on the property repaid and the remaining money will be sent directly and securely to your bank.

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If at any point you need any assistance during this process, you can always call one of our friendly team and they will guide you through.

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How much is being chain-free worth?

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Many of our customers come to us to buy their homes quickly so that they can be in a chain-free position when negotiating for their dream property. So just how much is being a chain-free buyer actually worth?

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According to a recent poll by Clearscore, 74% of all sellers would definitely accept or consider accepting an offer 5% below asking price if the buyer was in a strong, chain-free position to proceed. This proportion increases to 88% amongst sellers of properties worth over £500,000.

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So what does this mean in monetary terms? Well, this of course depends on where you live in the country and the value of the property you are offering on. We’ve done the calculations for you so that you can get an idea of just how much being chain-free could save you on your next property:

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Region Average Price (May 2018) Calculated Potential Chain-Free Saving (5%)
East Midlands £190,261 £9,513
East of England £288,808 £14,440
London £478,853 £23,943
North East £128,680 £6,434
North West £157,531 £7,877
South East £322,096 £16,105
South West £251,877 £12,594
West Midlands £192,322 £9,616
Yorkshire and the Humber £158,966 £7,948
UK-WIDE £243,583 £12,179

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Given that it was recently reported that the number of property sales falling through in the UK has reached a 10-year high, those that are in a chain-free position have more negotiating power than ever.

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It is for exactly this reason that many of our customers choose to sell their house fast with us – as not only can they can be 100% sure that their home will sell for cash, but they can also be in a chain-free position to buy their dream home (often at a saving thanks to their excellent negotiating position!).

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If you think we can help you sell your home quickly, then get in touch with our friendly team today who can talk you through the process.

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Selling Your Home with us vs. A Traditional Estate Agent – A Direct Comparison

At House Buyer Bureau, we’re completely transparent about the price we will pay for your property and our agreed purchase price never changes.

We’re genuine cash buyers with an independent review score of 5/5 that can buy your house within seven days or, alternatively, we can complete on a timescale of your choice.

If you’re unsure what to expect, we have outlined the following example of a house valued at £120,000 to prepare you for the associated costs involved with selling your home through an estate agent compared to selling with a cash buying company.  

When you consider the added hassle of viewings and the pressure on your time, you can see that the difference between the cash buying route versus selling with a traditional estate agent isn’t so far apart.

We’ve also detailed a few scenarios that selling fast or on your own timescale can either save you money by improving your buying position, or can be more than worth the difference to take away the stress.

£120,000 Example Cash Sale Traditional Estate Agency
Asking Price Example £120,000 £120,000
Average Agreed Purchase Price £95,000 £110,000
Final Agreed Price After Survey £95,000 £108,000
Estate Agent Fees £0.00 £1,980
Estimated Cosmetic Repairs to prepare your house for sale £0.00 £1,500
Solicitor Fees £0.00 £1,000
Estimated Bills (During the sale process) £0.00 £1,200
Estimated Mortgage payments (During the sale process) £0.00 £2,700*
Time taken off to see Estate Agents and Lawyers £0.00 £300**
Net Price Achieved £95,000 £99,320

*£450 per month based on 6 months to sell.  
** Based on £75 a day and 4 days off work.

When selling with House Buyer Bureau might suit you:

Your time is valuable – and that time can also have value to the owners of the house you want to buy. Here are some scenarios in which selling on your terms might be worth more than the small difference:

  • When you’ve already found your dream home and you want to be in the best buying position possible in order to secure it. 

  • Property bills can add up and so selling quickly can relieve the stress of a long, uncertain sale and release equity quickly.

  • Being chain free can save you thousands as you have more chance of being successful with a lower offer. 
  • When you’ve inherited a home the responsibility of its bills will fall to you and any other recipients. 

  • When you value your time and want to alleviate stress from the process of moving house.

Selling your home can be very stressful and takes an average of six months. The demands of arranging your life around viewings, preparing your home and keeping it in immaculate condition while house hunting, working and looking after the family can get too much.

If you think we could help you to sell your home, visit our homepage and enter your postcode for an instant cash offer.

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Why Selling Your House With Us Could Save You £1,000s

Selling your home can cost thousands. On top of all the fees, the longer your house is on the market for, the more bills and mortgage repayments you have to pay.

So how much does it cost to sell the average home in the UK? 

The average UK house price was £218,000 in January 2017, according to the ONS, so we’ll use this figure in our working example.

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And how much does it cost to sell your house with House Buyer Bureau?

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When you add up agency fees, solicitor’s fees and the extra mortgage and bill payments you have to make while your house is for sale, the average cost of selling a house in the UK sits somewhere between £7,000 and £10,000.

When you sell your house with House Buyer Bureau, there are no fees to pay – no legal fees, estate agency fees, survey or valuation fees, potentially saving you thousands.

If you think we could help you to sell your home, visit our homepage and enter your postcode for an instant cash offer. 

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5 Reasons We’re the UK’s Favourite House Buying Service

We’ve had over 500 customers review their experience selling their property to us and we have consistently achieved a 95% or above customer satisfaction rating.

So, what is it about the service we offer that has made us the UK’s favourite house buying service? Collecting information from our customer reviews, we’ve listed the five most common reasons those customers gave us five stars:

  1. We’re fast!

We may not have broken any Olympic records, but if you need to sell your property quickly, we can certainly deliver.  

With us you can sell your house in as little as seven days. Or, if you need a little more time, we can adjust timescales to suit your needs exactly.

Pauline, Swansea – 

The service was excellent, it was very, very quick, I found that if I put it on for sale with an estate agent it would take too long and a flat came up that I really wanted. 

Dean, Pontefract – 

From start to finish everything was done on time, we needed an extension to our changeover date as our new property was not ready, and even after everything had been signed, even this was no trouble for this company.
I would recommend House Buyer Bureau to anyone without a shadow of doubt, once again, thank you and well done.

  1. No hidden fees

Many firms offering quick-sale services may charge fees which are hidden to customers, who then feel pressured to pay these unexpected charges.

Unlike these firms, we do not charge any fees. Valuations are free of charge and even if you decide to pull out before exchange of contracts, there are no costs. No pressure and no fees!

Andrea, Truro –

There are no solicitor’s fees to pay, no estate agents fees, in fact no fees at all! This suited me very well as I wished to move quickly to secure my new let, and with no upfront fees I was able to do this.
Many thanks to all involved.

  1. Value and Offer Transparency

Sadly, some unscrupulous house buying firms will reduce the price offered for a property at the last moment, hoping that the customer will be emotionally and financially committed to the sale and agree to the new price.

Our ‘Formal Offer’ will never be reduced unless there is adverse information that comes to light from the RICS survey or Report on Title (legal report).

Margaret, Tynemouth – 

The sale was handled efficiently and there was complete transparency surrounding the valuation and offer process. As promised once the sale price was agreed it was adhered to. The team were helpful and understanding especially as my mum was selling her home of many years as she had had to go into a care home, which was an emotional decision.

  1. Customer Service

Selling your house can be a stressful and emotional process. Although our service is designed to make the whole process stress-free, it can still be an emotional time.

That’s why we focus on delivering an exceptional and personal customer service. Each house is unique as are the circumstances behind each sale. We work with you to understand your needs and deliver our service to a timescale that suits you.

Jane, Walsall – 

Excellent service. Dorothy went above and beyond with her superb care and efficiency. She was with us every step of the way. The whole process took just 3 weeks. Dorothy handled all issues and kept us informed at every stage of the transaction. We cannot speak highly enough of her. I would certainly recommend House Buyer Bureau to anyone wanting a quick, easy and stress free sale. 

John, Rhyl – 

From the moment I approached House Buyer Bureau regards to the sale of the property I received a very professional and outstanding service.

Rebecca Tait, who dealt with the sale, is an extremely polite lady. Rebecca kept me informed at all levels regarding the sale of the property. Explaining the procedure in depth and in a friendly and easy to understand manner. Thank you Rebecca.

I would certainly recommend House Buyer Bureau to any potential house seller who wants and quick and easy house sale.

  1. Genuine cash buyers

Many house buying firms falsely claim to be cash buyers.

We’re the genuine and professional alternative to an estate agency sale offering competitive cash prices and completions from only seven days. You can see over 500 examples of our recent transactions here.

Anthony, North Yorkshire – 

House Buyer Bureau are very upfront in telling you how much you are likely to get after a visit from two local estate agents and possible adjustment after a valuation by a chartered surveyor. I was pleased to be able to make a quick sale and not be responsible for the house as I wanted to move into a retirement bungalow. House Buyer Bureau are genuine cash buyers. Some that claim to be are not. I thoroughly recommend them.

If you think we could help you to sell your home, visit our homepage and enter your postcode for an instant cash offer.

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We will buy your house today

Homeowners looking to sell their properties quickly are urged to take advantage of a nationwide service from House Buyer Bureau, which guarantees a cash offer for every home and the prospect of completing a sale within just seven days or around a timescale to suit.

Chris Hodgkinson, Sales Director of House Buyer Bureau, explained: “Latest statistics suggest the average property is on the market for around eight weeks before a buyer is found; however there is an alternative for frustrated homeowners who want to buck this trend and simply do not want to endure long delays, broken chains, and hidden costs.

“House Buyer Bureau buys properties for cash – no matter where the property is located or what condition it is in. By visiting www.housebuyerbureau.co.uk and simply entering the postcode on the homepage, homeowners can get a provisional and instant cash offer for their property. There are no hidden costs, in fact our customers save literally hundreds of pounds in fees as House Buyer Bureau pays for all the fees associated with the sale.

“With a long history spanning over 75 years, the team at House Buyer Bureau prides itself on delivering the very best levels of service, and this is reflected in our fantastic Feefo rating. Customers have the peace of mind of knowing they can pull out at any time up until contracts are exchanged, and our trained advisors – all of whom have direct telephone numbers – are on hand to provide a personal service.”

Mrs Salt recently turned to House Buyer Bureau when she was looking to sell a three-bedroom detached cottage she had been letting out. “When it came to selling the rental property my husband and I owned, we looked at the options but our priority was to secure a speedy sale. We also didn’t want the hassle as the property was located 60 miles away from where we lived and I felt it would take a lot longer to sell through local estate agents.

“The research I had done on House Buyer Bureau was very reassuring and I just knew it was the right company to go with. After speaking to Dorothy from House Buyer Bureau on the telephone, I was given a provisional offer which was based on valuations from two local estate agents, and the sale was completed in seven days.”

“By selling the property through House Buyer Bureau we achieved a remarkably quick, stress-free sale. I was kept informed by Dorothy every step of the way and I felt in control throughout, which was really important to me.”

Chris added: “There really isn’t a typical House Buyer Bureau customer. The circumstances of every seller is different from those who need speed, those who want the certainty of a genuine cash buyer to those that just don’t want the inconvenience of long chains, viewings and unnecessary delays. We also buy from those who can’t sell their home due to its condition or even a legal matter.

“Whatever your situation we are here to help and I would urge those interested to visitwww.housebuyerbureau.co.uk to get a no obligation instant online cash offer for their property.”