Home flipping is all the rage, and it complicates the demand for old houses and fixers because there are more flippers than buyers pursuing them.

Agents get calls, texts, and emails every day from flippers begging to buy their listings. They offer to have the listing agent represent them on the purchase, and then be the listing agent when they sell it – boom, three commissions!

Long-time homeowners get inundated with mailers to sell their home for cash, with no commissions, no fees, no repairs, no banks, no nothing – and close any time.

Those who are the most susceptible are the out-of-town heirs who roll in with zestimate in hand and an urge to grab quick cash.

But how much do the flippers pay?

Our listing in downtown Carlsbad – a house built in 1958 and had not sold in nearly 50 years – was a perfect candidate. I started getting solicitations the day it hit the open market and they came by the open houses too.  “Jim, Jim, come on you can represent me and we’ll buy it right now!”

We received six offers, and FOUR were from flippers.

The list price was $995,000, and their offers were $800,000, $800,000, $825,000, and $866,500.

Someone called the Carlsbad Police and reported a possible murder, and later a flipper called me and said they have access to the title records and an easement runs right through the middle of the house so nobody is going to buy it – except him.

Thankfully we had two offers over $1,000,000 from owner-occupiers that were more attractive, and we made the deal with one of them.

The worst part of selling to a flipper is that once they tie you up and get into escrow, then they really go to work on you. Even if you thought their price already reflected a proper discount for condition, they will want more concessions later.

But for those antsy homeowners who just want to rid themselves of a headache and get their hands on some fast cash, it is a viable alternative!

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