If you have a home you need to sell quickly in Waukesha, you have a couple of options:
- Sell your home with an agent who knows you need to sell fast.
- Sell to a We Buy Houses company if your home needs repairs.
Valuing speed over money might seem counterintuitive, but there are plenty of reasons you'd want to sell quickly. For example, you may need to move quickly due to a life change, such as a new job. Or you may have inherited a home you can't afford to pay the taxes on.
Read on to see your best options for selling your home quickly in Waukesha — and what to expect.
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What to expect when selling a home in Waukesha
In Wisconsin, the fastest month to sell is typically May, and the slowest is January.
To compare the market in Waukesha to the rest of the country, see how it stacks up in two key areas:
- Median days on market: Number of days it takes to get 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 Wisconsin
Median days on market
Average time to sell
Based on Realtor.com data (October 2022)
In Wisconsin, the current average time to sell is 5.1% slower than than the national average.
» LEARN MORE: Average Time to Sell a House in Wisconsin
How to sell my house fast in Waukesha
Best option: Sell your house quickly with an agent
Hiring a listing agent to sell your home should earn the most money, even if you're in a hurry. Your agent will be able to give specific advice, but you'll probably have to reduce the price below market value if you want to sell faster than the average 83 days.
Other expenses such as your agent's commission, the buyer's agent commission, and closing costs will further reduce your profit. Learn more about the costs involved in selling a house in Wisconsin.
The potential risk in selling with an agent is that you may not sell as fast as you would with a We Buy Houses company. Listing your home and the buyer financing process can add several weeks to your timeline, but the overall profits are often worth it.
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
Local agents can offer experience and insight into the local market to help you cut down the time it takes to sell your home. In addition to your agent's specific advice, follow these tips to sell your home quickly.
Discount the price to generate interest, but don't go too low. Jess Lex of Jess Lex Homes-Keller Williams in Madison, Wisconsin, tells sellers to price their homes just below market value to entice more buyers. Discounting the price more than that might backfire.
"Pricing significantly below market value can just be confusing for buyers and cause sellers to get too many offers so that sorting through them is difficult," says Lex. "Getting the home priced correctly right at market value will still allow for a quick sale and strong offers."
Use a professional stager to make an immediate impression on the buyer. Lex says sellers should "at bare minimum be prepared to work with a stager and professional photographer, if their timeline allows."
Staging doesn't need to cost a fortune, either.
"The reality is that stagers can come in and help sellers figure out what to do with their existing things," says Lex. "This consultation could include advice on decluttering, refreshing paint colors, rearranging furniture, and suggestions for accessories."
Many professional stagers are able to lend the seller items. "If the seller isn't willing to buy their own accessories to spruce up their home to sell, often the stager can bring in some accessories that will really give the home personality," says Lex. "This is a very cost-effective way to help your home stand out at the time of sale."
Ask for a cash offer. 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.
Good option: Sell to a We Buy Houses company
The fastest way to sell your home in Waukesha is to sell to a We Buy Houses company, sometimes called cash buyer companies. These companies are owned by investors who pay cash for your house and can close on the home in as little as a week. You can close that fast because you don't need to wait for financing to come through like you might for an individual with a mortgage.
There's a steep cost you pay for this speed, however. We Buy Houses companies will only pay about 70% of your home's market value. This is because they work their expenses for renovations into the offer price.
Most We Buy Houses companies have the same buying process. After you contact the company, a representative will make an appointment to do a walkthrough of the property. Shortly after, you'll get a cash offer.
You're not obligated to accept the offer, so compare offers from several companies.
We Buy Houses companies are best for…
- People who want to sell their homes in as-is condition
- Sellers with no iBuyer option in the region
- People with inherited homes (for more info, see our Stress-Free Guide to Selling an Inherited House)
How to choose a We Buy Houses for cash company in Waukesha
There are many cash buyer companies in Waukesha to choose from. Start your search by reviewing our top six We Buy Houses for Cash companies in Milwaukee.
During your research, compare two things: reviews from past clients and how quickly the company can close on your home. Some companies can close in a week; others take up to a month.
Some sellers, after seeing what they might think is a lowball offer, wonder if We Buy Houses companies are a ripoff. Despite the lower offers, most cash buyer companies are legit investors. If the price is too low, you can always decline the offer. To protect yourself, refuse to sign anything before seeing a firm offer, and walk away if anything makes you uncomfortable.
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.
You can sell your home in about two months if you find an agent who understands your goals and you're willing to reduce the price. If you want to sell in a matter of weeks, you can sell to a We Buy Houses company, but they'll likely only pay about 70% of the home's value. Learn more about your options for selling your home fast in Waukesha.
The fastest way to sell your home is using a We Buy Houses company that can close in a week or two, but they'll likely offer only about 70% of the value. You can maximize your price by selling with an agent, but you may need to reduce the price to sell quickly. Learn more about selling your home fast in Waukesha.