3 Proven Strategies to Sell Your House Fast in Kansas City

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By Jon Stubbs Updated January 31, 2023

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

One of the main drawbacks of prioritizing speed is that you may have to accept a lower offer. However, for some people who need to sell quickly — for a new job in another city or other major life change — the convenience of a faster sale may be worth the trade-off.

Below, we've outlined your best choices for selling your house fast in Kansas City.

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What to expect when selling a home in Kansas City

In Missouri, homes usually sell the fastest during August and slowest during January.

To set expectations for your selling timeline in Missouri, 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 Missouri

In Missouri, the current average time to sell is 0.0% faster than than the national average.

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

How to sell my house fast in Kansas City

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: 63 days
  • Fees you’ll pay:
    • Average listing commission: 2.89%
    • Average buyer agent commission: 2.69%
    • Average closing costs: 2.75%

Hiring an agent to list your home is the best way to maximize your sale price. If you need to sell your home faster than the average 86 days in Missouri, plan on pricing your home about 5% below market value.

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 Missouri.

While an agent can help you get the most money, you likely won't sell as quickly as you would using an iBuyer or a We Buy Houses for cash company. These companies can close in a few weeks because they pay cash. With a traditional buyer (like you'd find when working with an agent), you usually need to wait for their financing to come through.

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

According to Kansas City real estate agent Mike Russell of Keller Williams, there are a number of ways an agent can help you speed up your home sale.

  • Try an aggressive pricing strategy. "I’d look at the home’s previous sale price," says Russell. "Before all the bidding wars, the emotions driving prices up, the low interest rates – go back to that price." This low list price signals to buyers that you’re not trying to tap into the speculative frenzy of the market and can bring in a ton of buyer interest, very quickly.
  • Look to local investors to bring in cash offers. A good agent can act as a go-between between sellers and potential cash buyers. "Sometimes it helps if I’m a buffer between the seller and the cash buyer," says Russell. "Some sellers may be too emotionally invested."
  • Offer seller concessions. Russell says the most popular seller concession right now is sellers helping to buy down points on the buyer’s mortgage rate. This makes sense, considering mortgage rates are historically high. "We’re seeing a lot of what’s called the 2-1 buydown, which reduces the buyer’s mortgage rate 2% in the first year, 1% in the second year, and then that third year it goes back to normal," says Russell. "But at that point, we anticipate they’ll be able to refinance into a better rate."

💸 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: 2.75%

An iBuyer is a company that leverages technology to assess and make an offer on your home. It often pays in all cash, which is why it can close so quickly.

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:

  • 🏠 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 that 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 Kansas City

Avg. rating 4.2/5 across 3,419 reviews
Service fees 5%
Closing date window As little as 14 days
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In addition to Opendoor's 5% fee, plan on paying additional fees of about 0.2–1.5% in closing costs and 1–2% in deductions for repairs requested by Opendoor. In our review of Opendoor, we saw that some customers complained about what they saw as expensive repair costs, but others liked the service for its fast, seamless transactions.

Sell to Offerpad in Kansas City

Avg. rating 4/5 across 2,656 reviews
Service fees 5%
Closing date window As little as 8 days
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Count on paying about 0.2–1.5% in closing costs in Missouri along with Offerpad's 5% service fee. When researching customer sentiment for our Offerpad review, we saw many customers who appreciated the company for its excellent communication and customer service. However, some customers were disappointed with reductions in their offer price after the home inspection.

Keep in mind that 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 fastest way to sell your property quickly in Kansas City is using a We Buy Houses company. These businesses are funded by investors who offer cash for homes and can complete the transaction within a week or two. You won't have to wait for the buyer's financing to be approved, as you may with a traditional real estate agent.

However, there is a trade-off for this convenience and speed. A We Buy Houses company will typically only offer about 70% of the market value of the home, taking into account any necessary repairs that will need to be made before reselling.

If you choose to go this route, most We Buy Houses companies in Kansas City will visit your home to assess it and provide you with a cash offer. You're not obligated to accept the offer, and it's a good idea to get multiple offers from different companies to compare.

We Buy Houses companies are best for…

How to choose a We Buy Houses for Cash company in Kansas City

There are many We Buy Houses companies in Kansas that offer cash for properties. To find the best one for you, look at our list of top We Buy Houses for Cash companies in Kansas City.

When considering different We Buy Houses companies, check out customer reviews to see how quickly a company can close on a home. Some companies may be able to complete the process within a week, while others may take up to a month.

It's natural for homeowners to wonder if We Buy Houses companies are a scam, due to the lower prices they often offer. However, most of these companies are legitimate investors who make a profit by renovating and reselling the properties they purchase. The prices they offer may seem low because they account for the cost of necessary repairs. You're under no obligation to accept their offer and can walk away if you don't feel comfortable.

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

How can I sell my house fast in Kansas City?

One way to quickly sell your home in Kansas City is by using a We Buy Houses company. They can close in a week or two. However, these companies usually only offer around 70% of the market value of the home. Another option is to sell to an iBuyer or work with a real estate agent who specializes in fast sales. Learn more about selling your home quickly in Kansas City.

How fast are homes selling in Kansas City?

Currently, the average time to sell in Missouri is 86 days, compared to the national average of 86 days. Learn more about selling a home in Kansas City.

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