3 Proven Strategies to Sell My Atlanta House Fast

Jon Stubbs

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Jon Stubbs

January 17th, 2023
Updated January 17th, 2023

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If you have a home that you need to sell quickly in Atlanta, you have a few options:

Each speedy selling option has its drawbacks, the biggest of which is the amount of money you'll sacrifice. But if you need to sell fast — due to a new job or other major life change — you might find speed worth the discounted sale price.

We've detailed your best options for selling your home fast in Atlanta. Read on to see which option is best for you.

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What to expect when selling a home in Atlanta

In Georgia, homes usually sell the fastest during June and slowest during January.

To set expectations for your selling timeline in Georgia, look at two factors:

  • Median days on market: Number of days before a seller accepts an offer
  • Average time to sell: Number of days on market until offer, plus the average number of days to close

Average time to sell a house in Georgia


National
Georgia
Median days on market
51 days
49 days
Average time to sell
79 days
76 days
Based on Realtor.com data (October 2022)

In Georgia, the current average time to sell is 3.8% faster than than the national average.

» LEARN MORE: Average Time to Sell a House in Georgia

How to sell my house fast in Atlanta

Best option: Sell your house quickly with an agent

⚡ Quick facts: Selling with an agent

  • Percentage of market value you’ll earn: 90–95%
  • Average time to sell: 49 days
  • Fees you’ll pay:
    • Average listing commission: 3.00%
    • Average buyer agent commission: 3.00%
    • Average closing costs: 3.13%

Listing your home with an agent can make you the most money out of the options we mention here, even if you need to sell quickly.

If you want to sell your home faster than the average 76 days in Georgia, we recommend cutting the price by about 5% to entice buyers.

Expenses that will further cut into your profit are your agent's commission, the buyer's agent's commission, and closing costs. Learn more about the costs involved in selling a house in Georgia here.

The tradeoff of selling with an agent is it probably won't be as fast as selling to an iBuyer or a We Buy Houses for Cash company. These companies pay with cash, so they can close in just a week or two. If you're selling with an agent, you'll likely have to wait for your buyer's mortgage to be finalized before closing.

Selling with an agent is best for…

  • People with homes in good condition
  • Sellers with at least 30 days to sell
  • People who have a good agent who understands their goals (specifically sacrificing price for speed)

Tips to sell fast with an agent

  • Work with an agent with knowledge of the local market
  • List below market value
  • Offer credits for repairs
  • Mention in the listing that cash offers are preferred

💸 How cash offers work

Cash offers are the fastest path to closing because the buyer doesn't need to get a loan. The financial institution doesn't have to spend time checking the buyer's financials (known as the underwriting process). There's also less risk of the buyer's financial situation changing in a way that puts the sale at risk.

When listing with an agent, you can state your preference for cash offers. Keep in mind, though, that this might limit the number of offers.

💰 Clever can help you sell fast and net more money!

Cash buyers can be a good option if you need to unload an unwanted, distressed property fast. However, if you want to sell quickly without sacrificing a ton of equity, Clever is one of your best alternatives.

Clever sellers typically get offers 2.8 times faster than the national average AND save an average of $7,000 in realtor fees.

Better option: Sell to an iBuyer

⚡ Quick facts: Selling to an iBuyer

  • Percentage of market value you’ll earn: 90–95%
  • Average time to sell: 8–60 days (customer preference)
  • Fees you’ll pay:
    • Service fee: 5%
    • Average closing costs in Georgia: 3.13%

iBuyers make cash offers on your home. Typically, iBuyers purchase homes in good condition, so if you have major problems with your home, you likely won't qualify. Typical iBuyer purchase criteria include:

  • 🏠 Built after 1930
  • 💰 Valued at $100,000–600,000
  • 🌲 Located on 1.5 acres or less
  • 👤 Owner-occupied

iBuyers are still a relatively new way to sell a house — only 27% of homeowners fully understand what they are. Before you consider using one, research how iBuyers work and familiarize yourself with the top iBuyers across the U.S.

Selling to an iBuyer is best for…

  • People with homes in good condition and meet iBuyer criteria
  • People who are willing to sacrifice about 10% of the sale price for a guaranteed fast sale
  • People who don't want to show their homes or conduct open houses

Sell to Opendoor in Atlanta

Avg. rating
4.3/5 across 3,322 reviews
Service fees
5%
Closing date window
As little as 14 days

Beyond Opendoor's 5% fee, expect to pay additional fees of about 1–3% in closing costs and another 1–2% in deductions for repairs requested by Opendoor. In our review of Opendoor, we noted that some customers were disappointed with expensive repair costs, but others liked the service for its fast, seamless transactions.

Sell to Offerpad in Atlanta

Avg. rating
3.9/5 across 524 reviews
Service fees
5%
Closing date window
As little as 8 days

Plan on paying about 1–3% in closing costs along with Offerpad's 5% service fee. When looking into customer comments for our Offerpad review, we found many customers who liked the excellent communication and customer service. However, some customers complained about deductions in their offer price after the home inspection.

Keep in mind — there is a 1% cancellation fee if you back out of the deal beyond four days after the inspection.

Good option: Sell to a We Buy Houses for Cash company

⚡ Quick facts: Selling to a We Buy Houses company

  • Percentage of market value you’ll earn: 50–70%
  • Average time to sell: 3–21 days
  • Fees you’ll pay: None

The quickest way to sell your home in Atlanta is to use a We Buy Houses company. These companies are backed by investors who pay cash for homes. They can close in just a week or two, depending on the company. Because these companies offer cash, you won't need to wait for the buyer's financing to come through like you probably would when selling with an agent.

But the convenience and speed of a We Buy Houses company will cost you, since they typically only pay about 70% of the home's market value, as they're budgeting for the renovations they'll need to complete to resell.

We Buy Houses Companies in Atlanta all follow the same general buying process. First, a representative from the company will visit your home for a walkthrough. Soon after, they'll give you the offer. You're not obligated to accept the offer, so contact several companies to see who offers the best price.

We Buy Houses companies are best for…

How to choose a We Buy Houses for Cash company in Atlanta

Atlanta has many cash buyer companies — you can begin your search by taking a look at our top We Buy Houses for Cash companies in Atlanta.

When choosing We Buy Houses companies to get offers from, look at their customer reviews and how quickly they can close on your home. Some cash-for-homes companies in Atlanta can close in a week, while others might need up to a month.

Because of the low offer price, many homeowners wonder if We Buy Houses companies are a ripoff. The majority of cash buyer companies are serious investors who want to make money flipping your home. Because they factor the cost of improvements into the price, their prices may seem like lowball offers. Remember — you can always turn the offer down and walk away if you don't feel comfortable with the deal.

Get fair cash offers today with Clever Offers!

Use Clever's free, no-obligation service to compare cash offers from top local companies with the help of a local real estate agent. You'll get a professional home valuation so you know what your home is worth, and an agent can negotiate on your behalf to make sure you get the best deal.

Why trust us

Jon Stubbs has spent hundreds of hours researching ways to sell homes quickly. This research includes interviewing real estate agents and representatives from iBuyers and cash buyer companies. The author has written dozens of articles on selling homes with a listing agent as well as non-traditional selling methods.

FAQs

The fastest way to sell your house is to sell to a We Buy Houses for Cash company. These companies will only pay about 70% of the home's value, but they can close in a week. You can also sell to an iBuyer or try to sell quickly with a listing agent. Learn more about selling your home quickly in Atlanta.

Currently, the average time to sell in Georgia is 76 days, compared to the national average of 79 days. Learn more about selling a home in Atlanta.

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