3 Proven Strategies to Sell My House Fast in Houston

Jon Stubbs

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Jon Stubbs

January 20th, 2023
Updated January 20th, 2023

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

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. If you're prioritizing speed above all else, you'll likely need to sacrifice some money to price the home to sell. However, if you need to sell fast because you need to move for a new job or sell an inherited home you can't afford to take care of, giving up some money for speed can be worth it.

Below, we've laid out the best options for selling your Houston home quickly. Keep reading to see which choice fits your situation.

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What to expect when selling a home in Houston

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

To set expectations for your selling timeline in Texas, 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 Texas


National
Texas
Median days on market
51 days
52 days
Average time to sell
79 days
77 days
Based on Realtor.com data (October 2022)

In Texas, the current average time to sell is 2.5% faster than than the national average.

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

How to sell my house fast in Houston

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: 52 days
  • Fees you’ll pay:
    • Average listing commission: 2.71%
    • Average buyer agent commission: 2.88%
    • Average closing costs: 3.43%

Selling with an agent is almost always the best way to sell for the most money, even if you need to sell quickly. If you want to sell your home faster than the average 77 days in Texas, a good agent can work with you to speed up the sale, but you might need to reduce the price to attract more buyers.

Other costs that'll cut into your profit when selling with an agent include your agent's commission, the buyer's agent's commission, and closing costs. You can learn more about the costs involved in selling a house in Texas here.

While an agent can get the most money for your home, using one isn't necessarily the fastest way to sell. Selling to an iBuyer or a We Buy Houses for Cash company might only take a few weeks since these companies pay cash. You won't need to wait around for financing to be approved like you would with a traditional sale.

Selling with an agent is best for…

  • People with homes in good condition
  • People with at least 30 days to sell
  • People who want to sell fast while making the most money

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: 3.43%

iBuyers make near-instant, all-cash offers on your home. Typically, iBuyers only 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 Houston

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

You'll pay additional fees of about 1–3% in closing costs and another 1–2% in deductions for repairs requested by Opendoor. When we reviewed Opendoor, we noticed some customers complained about expensive repair costs, but others gave high marks for its fast, seamless transactions.

Sell to Offerpad in Houston

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

Count on paying about 1–3% in closing costs along with Offerpad's 5% service fee. When we looked into customer reviews for our Offerpad review, we found many customers who appreciated the company for its excellent communication and customer service. But some customers were disappointed with reductions in their offer price after the home inspection.

Beware of the 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 fastest way to sell your home in Houston is to sell to a We Buy Houses for Cash company, which can close in about a week or two. These companies are made up of investors who buy homes in any condition. They pay cash, so they can quickly close without waiting for financing to be approved.

The downside to using a We Buy Houses company is that they only pay up to 70% of the home's value, as they work the cost of repairs into the offer price.

Just about all We Buy Houses companies in Houston have the same buying process. After you reach out to the company, it'll send a representative to tour your home. After the walkthrough — sometimes the same day — the company will present you with an offer.

You're not obligated to accept the offer, so get quotes from several companies to compare.

We Buy Houses companies are best for…

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

Houston has many We Buy Houses companies to choose from. You can get started by reading our top We Buy Houses for Cash companies in Houston.

When you're looking for a We Buy Houses company, pay attention to two things: its customer reviews and how quickly it can close on your home. Some cash-for-homes companies can close on your home in just a week, while others take up to a month.

People who have been disappointed with a low offer from a cash buyer company might wonder if We Buy Houses companies are a ripoff. While their prices might seem like lowball offers, cash buyer companies are focused on making a profit, so they have to leave room for renovation expenses in the offer. If the price seems too low for you, there's no obligation to accept it — you can just walk away.

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 home in Houston is using a We Buy Houses Company. These companies can close on your home in a week or two, but they only pay about 70% of the home's value. You can also sell using an agent who understands your timeline or sell to an iBuyer. Learn more about selling your house fast in Houston.

Currently, the average time to sell in Texas is 77 days, compared to the national average of 79 days. Learn more about selling a home in Houston.

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