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From the pristine sands of Newport Beach to the stellar school and safety ratings of Irvine to the art mecca of Laguna Beach, Orange County offers something for everyone. But it’s also a county on the move with a dynamic real estate market. Perhaps you’ve looked into it if you’re looking to sell your Orange County home.

Some people choose to sell the traditional way, but that’s not always the best option. If you need to get out from under your home in a hurry, we can take the pain out of your Orange County home sale. We’re not a realty company. We’re a buyer who will purchase your home for cash—usually within a week of your accepting our offer.

This allows you to simply walk away, no matter the condition of your home. If this sounds appealing, read on to find out if it’s right for you.

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Will I Lose Money if I Sell with Express Homebuyers?

There has to be a catch, right? If a home sale is that easy, something has to give. Indeed, when you sell to our cash home buyers in Orange County, California, you may appear to get less than market value. However, it often balances out in the end.

Below is a list of what you won’t pay when you sell with us. When you take all of these traditional sale costs into account and do the math, you’ll likely come out closer to market value than you think.

And, when you sell with Express Homebuyers, you can eliminate the major inconveniences of a traditional sale. Your time and sanity are worth a lot, so why not safeguard these precious commodities while making a strong profit free from a litany of costs and deductions?

Enjoy the following financial benefits when you sell with Express Homebuyers:

No Realtor Fees

Closing fees can be a shocker for many sellers. Even if the offer was good, the seller may end up paying tens of thousands of dollars in closing costs. The realtor fees make up the biggest chunk of these and typically fall to the seller. Currently, these fees sit at around 6% of the sale price. That means if you’re selling a $700,000 home, you’ll pay about $42,000 in realtor fees.

No Closing Costs

Beyond just the realtor rates, there are other fees that fall to the seller. These include escrow fees, title insurance, transfer taxes, and more. On the $700,000 home sale we mentioned above, it would not be unusual for the additional closing costs (over and above realtor fees) to equal $10,000 to $20,000.

No Holding Costs

Homes don’t sell or close overnight. In Orange County, it takes an average of about a month for a home to go under contract. Then, it can take about 1.5 months for a home to close. That leaves you paying the holding costs (such as the mortgage, utilities, homeowners’ insurance, and maintenance bills). This can be a significant financial burden.

No Home Improvement Costs

If you want your home to look good in photos and show well, you may need to spruce it up inside. That could involve painting walls or freshening up a kitchen or bathroom. If you’ve been modernizing your home all along, this may not require as much money, but if things have become dingy or outdated, you could end up spending a lot.

This applies to the outside of the home, too. Remember that the outside of the home is the first impression. If your front door is falling apart, the windows are old and rickety, the siding is dirty or damaged, or your trim is rotting or chipped, your home could repel potential buyers.

When you sell with Express Homebuyers, you can leave your home as-is and walk away.

No Yard Improvement Costs

Just as the exterior of your home can scare off potential buyers (or invite lowball offers), so can your yard. Is it overgrown? Are there more weeds than grass? Are there dying trees? If so, you’ll need to give it some love, but remember that paying to take down a tree can be very expensive. So can the cost of lawn treatment if you need to bring a dying lawn back to life.

At Express Homebuyers, we purchase homes at a competitive price regardless of the condition of the yard, so no improvements are required.

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No Cleaning (or Re-cleaning) Costs

If you have time to get your house as clean as a model home for pictures and showings, you can save on cleaning crews. But your time is worth money.

If you don’t have the time to deep clean, you may want to leave it to the pros who have the patience to painstakingly clean the burnt spills out of your oven and the mildew off your shower grout.

Once they’re done, you can breathe a sigh of relief until the next round of showings happens. Trying to keep your home clean from one week to the next can feel exhausting, especially if you have children at home. Thus, you may find yourself having to hire cleaners repeatedly.

No Showing-Related Costs

In addition to cleaning, you may need to modernize your home decor so it shows to its full potential. This may require some new wall hangings, potted plants, and shelf decor. Your realtor may be able to handle some of this for you, bringing in new furniture and art to freshen up your home. If that’s the case, you may need to pay to store your furniture elsewhere.

There will be no showings with Express Homebuyers, just one soft inspection where we check for any major problems with the home.

The Hassle-Free way to sell a house in Orange County

Step 1 Get in Touch

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Step 2 Schedulle a Visit

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We’ll do an onsite home inspection, take photos, and review the paperwork.

Step 3 Accept Your Offer

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Choose your closing date and get paid on your timeline!

0 Days On Market

$0 Commissions fee

0 Showings

1 Visit To Your Home

What makes selling to us different from
traditional home sales?

  • No lengthy bank approvals
  • No appraisals
  • No home repairs

Traditional Home Sales

6%

Average Commission Fee

An average of 43 days spent
to complete a mortgage loan transaction

home showings

You'll host anywhere from 2 to 35 home showings before you find a buyer.
That means baking a lot of
"open-house" cookies.

Closing Fees Paid by the Seller

9%

Sellers spend between $5,400 and $50,000 on average to prepare their home for listing.

Express Homebuyers

0%

Average Commission Fee

With us on your team, you'll close on your property on your timeline - typically days, not months.

home inspection

The Express Homebuyers team will carry out a single soft inspection of your home as is. Baking cookies for an open house won't be needed — but we wouldn't say no if offered.

Closing Fees Paid by the Seller

0%

Spend $0 on renovating or refreshing your home. We buy as is.

How Will Express Homebuyers Calculate My Cash Offer?

If you want an immediate estimate, visit our contact page, enter your home address, and we’ll return an informal estimate. From there, we can visit your home, do a soft inspection, and give you an official offer.

This is not a typical fine-tooth-comb inspection where we check out every nook and cranny. In fact, there’s no need to clean up at all. We’re not looking for little flaws, just major issues like a cracked foundation, plumbing leaks, a defunct HVAC system, etc.

Based on this visit, we will give you a formal offer that accounts for the following:

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Location

How desirable is your corner of Orange County? How are crime rates? School ratings? How close are you to major business areas and the freeways that connect you to them? How close are you to amenities like grocery stores, shopping malls, entertainment, etc.

Nearby Home Sales

Our Orange County cash home buyers will take into account the sale of comparable homes or “comps” in the neighborhood. While every home is different, this can help us calculate the going rate for houses similar to yours.

Size and Floor Plan

The size of your home matters, but so does the layout. How is the flow of the home? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Is the master bathroom well-sized? Is the basement finished? We’ll consider the square footage and layout of livable space.

Condition

We don’t fuss over the small stuff, but we do figure the big things into the calculation. Major problems with plumbing, electrical, roofing, and more can affect the price.

Economic Indicators

Market trends will affect your final offer. If it’s a seller’s market, you can expect that to be reflected in a more generous offer.

Interest rates can affect your offer (high rates can mean a lower offer, lower rates can mean a higher offer). Unemployment will affect your offer, too; if it’s high, the economy can slow down along with wage growth and negatively affect your home’s market value.

We’ll take these factors into account to offer you a competitive price. There’s no pressure to accept our offer, but if you do, you can expect to get your cash within about a week and walk away from your home. No fuss, no cleaning, no yard work. Leave your home as-is and focus on the next adventure.

Will Express Homebuyers Be a Good Fit for Me?

More and more Orange County residents are choosing the convenience of Express Homebuyers, but how do you know if it is the best choice for you? Here’s a list of the situations that lend themselves to our services rather than a traditional sale.

You Inherited a House That You Don’t Want

Perhaps a parent or relative has passed away, leaving you a home that you can’t or don’t want to keep. Maybe you have plenty on your hands with your own home—let alone another. Maybe you don’t want the tax costs and maintenance headaches associated with the home—especially if you live far away. If your inherited home is becoming a burden, selling it quickly for cash can be a welcome option.

You Don’t Want the Maintenance Headaches of an Aging House

If your home is showing its age, you may feel like there’s a new home improvement project waiting for you every time you turn around. An aging home can be a cruel taskmaster, and you may have a long list of ways you would rather spend your time and money.

Your Spouse Passed Away

A death of a spouse can change everything about your living arrangements. Maybe you need a fresh start beyond this house that hits you with memories at every turn. Maybe you want to downsize now that it’s just you. Maybe you want to live closer to grown children or extended family members. Or maybe you can’t afford your home now that you have lost your spouse’s income.

Express Homebuyers can help you sell your home the simple way while you navigate the complexities of losing a spouse.

You Are Getting a Divorce

A divorce can drive difficult financial adjustments. You may both need to downsize, and you may want to move where you have a good support system while you work through the aftermath of your divorce.

A company that buys your home fast may be just what you need at a fraught time like this, especially if you’re trying to sell before the divorce is finalized so that you can split the profits as part of the divorce settlement. Selling before the divorce can also allow you to get in on higher capital gains tax exclusions.

Your Income Has Declined

If you lost your job or your business—or simply retired—a move can help you right-size your mortgage payment to fit your new arrangements. Our Orange County cash home buyers can help you downsize quickly so that your finances stay intact.

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You Are Filing for Bankruptcy

It is common for people filing for bankruptcy to sell their homes to cover their necessities. Talk to your attorney to find out your different options for filing according to California laws.

You may be able to file for an exemption to protect the proceeds of your home sale. Selling your home quickly for cash can be a better alternative than having the bank liquidate your home. Express Homebuyers will usually pay you cash for your home within seven days of your signing the contract. This can be a very helpful option when time is of the essence.

Your Lender is Threatening Foreclosure

If you haven’t been able to make your house payments, your lender may take legal action to take possession of your property through a process known as foreclosure. Not only will you lose your property, your credit score will take a nosedive, making it difficult to get future loans at decent rates. A poor credit score can even make it hard to get a job or qualify for a rental property.

If you can prove that you have a legitimate cash offer and arrange for a quick closing, you may be able to forestall foreclosure and save your credit. Express Homebuyers can work with you to make sure that the sale happens as close to your desired timeline as possible.

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You Want to Sell Your Rental Property

California has very robust tenant protection laws, which means it can be incredibly difficult to evict a bad tenant. If you’ve been burned by tenants in the past and are ready to say goodbye to your landlord days, Express Homebuyers can help you in a hurry. And if your property has been compromised by disrespectful tenants, we can handle the cleanup job for you.

You Don’t Want the Hassle of a Conventional Sale

While some people sell for cash in emergency situations, others are using our cash home buying services simply because they don’t want the headaches of traditional sale. They are happy to accept a reduced offer rather than deal with the months of stress that can precede a conventional home sale.

Will a Cash Home Buyer Scam Me?

The Orange County housing market is alive and well. In a thriving environment like this, you’ll find many companies looking to make cash offers. Some are legitimate, and some are scams.

The scammers might hook you with big promises, get you to sign a contract, then change their offer at the last minute. They may charge fees upfront and then find a way to weasel out of the contract. If you need to sell your home fast, this could leave you in a very unfortunate position.

Fortunately, there are ways to see a scammer coming. Watch for these red flags:

They Don’t Have an Actual Location

Ask a company where they’re located. If they can’t give you a straight answer, consider this a bad sign. If they don’t have a brick-and-mortar office, they could be a fly-by-night operation.

They Charge You Money Upfront

Some home buyers ask sellers to pay fees or pay to attend a course. The home buyer profits from your home, so why would they need to charge you fees? Look for an Orange County cash home buyer who offers a free inspection and no fees.

They Won’t Give You References

Selling your home for cash is a big deal. With all of the news you may have heard about cash-for-homes scammers, you have the right to request reassurance that you are dealing with a legitimate company. If a company won’t connect you with a real person to vouch for their services, look for one that will.

You Can’t Find Online Reviews

In a similar vein, the company you are using should have a robust online presence with plenty of testimonials from happy customers. Hold out for a company that is well-established online.

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They Overpromise

Cash-for-home offers tend to be about 50 to 70% of traditional market value. If you get an offer that exceeds this range, proceed with caution. In our experience, when an offer seems too good to be true, it usually is.

They Won’t Take No for an Answer

We support good marketing practices, but there’s a difference between offering assistance and pressuring. If the company is bombarding you with all kinds of high-pressure sales pitches to get you to commit NOW, step away, breathe deeply, and find another company. The object of these companies is to hit you so hard that you’ll relent and commit—often against your better judgment.

They Make a Final Offer Without Seeing Your Property

If a company is serious about buying your property, they will come see it in person. It is very difficult–even irresponsible–to make a serious offer without inspecting the property.

People choose cash home buyers because they want to simplify the home selling process. The last thing you need is a scammer to ratchet up the stress on what should be a simple and seamless process. If a prospective home buyer shows any of the warning signs above, it’s best to find a reputable cash buyer who will value you, your finances, and your time.

Why Choose Express Homebuyers?

If you’ve searched, “How do I sell my house fast in Orange County, California,” you’ve likely pulled up quite a few options. We believe you will have the best possible experience when you choose Express Homebuyers. Here’s why:

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We Know Orange County

We aren’t some out-of-touch national corporation. We live and work near you and have an intimate understanding of Orange County real estate. We keep a finger on the pulse of different neighborhoods, we know what areas are gentrifying (or may be in the near future), and we know the worth of homes in this sought-after county. You can rest assured that you will get a competitive offer from our team.

We’re One of the Most Trusted Names in Cash Home Buying

We launched Express Homebuyers in 2003 in the greater Washington, D.C. area and are now proud to be known as the most trusted cash home buyer in that area. When we opened our Los Angeles office, we brought our same brand of integrity and transparency and have quickly become the go-to source for fair and equitable home buying in greater Los Angeles.

We were founded by two men (Brad Chandler and Jud Allen) who have deep experience in the real estate industry and strong commitments to family. Both are devoted fathers who carry their family focus into their work with this simple creed: treat your customers with the same courtesy you show to your loved ones.

We’re Committed to YOU

We recognize that if you’re selling your home for cash, you could be in a vulnerable situation–especially if you’re dealing with death, divorce, or a cash crunch. The last thing you need is for someone to take advantage of your current challenges. We make it a point to show up with a smile and without judgment. People frequently comment on how courteous our team is, and that’s just the way we want it.

You deserve kindness, dignity, and a fair offer. It’s our utmost priority to deliver all three.

We Shield You From Risk

We don’t lock you into contracts and hide sneaky clauses in fine print. We don’t charge you fees that you’ll lose if you back out. Our approach is as risk-free as it comes.

  • Get a free estimate online
  • If you like it, schedule a soft inspection
  • Review our final offer in writing
  • If you don’t like it, no problem. If you do like it, sign our simple and straightforward contract.
  • Walk away with cash in hand (no fix-up or clean-up required)

In other words, if you decide not to use us, you’re out nothing. If you decide to go with us, you’ll have cash in hand (usually within a week).

Our Reputation Precedes Us

Don’t just take our word for it. Our Better Business Bureau accreditation and many 5-star reviews affirm our honesty, efficiency, customer-focused approach, and overall professionalism.

Proud to Be Serving Orange County

We love Orange County with its breathtaking beaches, practically perfect weather, prime location between Los Angeles and San Diego, proximity to the Santa Ana Mountains, and top-tier food, entertainment, and shopping. It’s a beautiful meeting of the best of nature and the best of humanity under one big, sunny sky.

We love buying houses in Orange County, CA’s vibrant housing market from Irvine to Santa Ana to San Clemente. The area offers something for everyone, from breezy indoor-outdoor spaces to master-planned communities to multi-story urban condos. Whether you’re moving elsewhere in Orange County or closing out your time in this part of the Golden State, we stand ready to help when you want to sell your home fast and with no hassle. We make the offer. You walk away with cash and a focus on the next chapter of your life.

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