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Companies that buy houses offer a quicker, hassle-free way to sell a property.

Most people are fairly familiar with the process of selling a property on the open market with an estate agent. However, it's a process that has remained largely unchanged for more than a century and, as a result, is notoriously slow, stressful, and unpredictable.

Companies that buy houses can offer an attractive alternative.

Buying with their own cash fund means they're not reliant on mortgages or investors. This means they can provide a guaranteed house sale on a date of your choice. They can even buy in as little as 7 days if required.

    What is a house buying company?

    Genuine property purchasing companies will be able to offer you a guaranteed property sale on a date of your choice. They use their own cash funds to purchase your property directly. Not relying on a mortgage or investors means they can be flexible about how quickly they buy your property. A legitimate house buying company should be able to complete the sale in just a week if required.

    House buying companies will always need to buy property at a discount – that’s how they make a profit – so any home buying sites claiming to be able to buy your house at 90% and upwards shouldn’t be trusted. Any property purchasing company offering 90% or more is like to be acting as a broker or lead generator, connecting you with property investors. Why is that a problem? Because anyone whose business model is to connect you with property investors is unable to give you any assurances around how quickly they can buy your house or how much they can pay. Companies like this usually operate by tying you into a contract whilst they find a buyer for your property. Once they find a buyer, you will be made a formal offer, but this offer is often substantially lower than the initial figure you were quoted.

    A genuine house buying company will never make you sign a contract or charge you any fees for their service. In order to avoid falling victim to any rogue traders, we’ve collected information about some of the biggest and most prominent quick house sale companies in the UK to aid you in choosing which one is best.

    Quick Move Now is the UK's original and largest property buying company. Established in 1998, Quick Move Now has bought more than 6,000 properties, at a value of £1 billion. We assess each property individually, and therefore don't have a set discount that is applied, but will usually be able to pay between 80% and 85% of market value.

    What we give you in return is a guaranteed, quick and hassle-free house sale.

    Can you trust companies that buy properties?

    Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the industry around companies that buy houses remains unregulated. This means that there is very little protection for home sellers who fall prey to bogus traders claiming to be a genuine sell house fast company.

    When engaging with property purchase companies, these are the red flags to look out for to avoid falling victim to rogue traders:

    • They over-promise on their initial offer
    • They ask you to sign a contract
    • They ask you to pay a fee – either upfront or on completion
    • They are unable to complete the sale on the date of your choice
    • They drop their agreed offer price at the last minute
    • They introduce a third party as a buyer
    • They don’t have the accounts to back up their claims
    • You have concerns about whether their property cash buyers reviews are genuine
    • They claim to be a regulated property buying company
    • They provide you with an instant online cash offer

    Read more here about how to make sure you are dealing with a reputable house buying company.

    In the absence of any official regulation, we have always been keen to support professional bodies that aim to raise industry standards. We are registered with The Property Ombudsman and are members of the British Property Federation. We are also one of the founding members of the National Association of Property Buyers – the only professional association focused solely on the professional home buying industry.

    Getting a cash offer from Quick Move Now is quick and easy.

    We just need to ask you a few simple questions about your property, which will take a few minutes over the phone or via email. All estimates are cost and obligation-free, there are no aggressive sales tactics and all your information is safe and secure.

    Get a cash offer

    Why use a house buying company?

    When selling your home, most people will choose to sell with an estate agent. However, the chances of a quick house sale on the open market are pretty slim. Companies that buy properties offer a great solution for those who need to move fast.

    Selling your property directly to a genuine house buying company offers a speed and level of certainty that cannot be matched by any other method of house sale.

    A reputable company will be able to complete your house sale on the date of your choice, with money transferred to your account upon completion.

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    Why Use A House Buying Company?

    Reasons you may sell your home to a property buying company

    There are many reasons sellers choose to use companies that buy houses rather than sell their property the traditional way. These include:

    House sale fallen through

    House sale fallen through

    Unfortunately, more than one in three property sales will fall through before completion. If you have experienced the heartbreak of a property chain break, a reputable house buying company can provide a guaranteed quick house sale and get you moving.

    Selling a rental property

    Selling a rental property

    If you’re worried about the costly vacant periods associated with selling a former buy to let property on the open market, a property buying company can help by providing a fast house sale. Being in control of the timescales means you can choose for the sale to complete on the day your tenant moves out.

    Inherited property

    Inherited property

    If you’ve inherited a property, you may not feel you have the time or energy to embark on the often-lengthy process of selling it on the open market. This is made even more challenging if you don’t live near the inherited property. A home buying company can remove the stress and buy your property in as little as 7 days.

    Financial difficulties

    Financial difficulties

    If you are facing financial difficulties and considering selling your house to pay off debt, a company that buys houses may be able to help. A formal cash offer from a property buying company may even be used to halt a repossession order.

    Downsizing

    Downsizing

    If you’re considering downsizing in order to release some of the money tied up your property, a house buying company can offer you a quick and stress-free sale to tie in with the purchase of your next home.

    Divorce

    Divorce

    Selling your house after a divorce or relationship breakdown can be incredibly stressful. A fast house sale service can give you the freedom to move on much more quickly than a sale on the open market.

    Relocation

    Relocation

    Whether you’re relocation for work, to be closer to family, or to embark on a new adventure, a genuine property buying company can offer a quick house sale that fits around your plans. Able to complete the house sale on a date of your choice, you can time your move with your onward plans.

    Illness

    Illness

    If you’re having to move due to illness, you may be looking for an easy alternative to selling your house on the open market. A fast house sale service can offer you a private, stress-free sale on a date of your choice.

    Don’t want the hassle

    Don’t want the hassle

    It currently takes an average of 10 viewings to sell a property. If you simply don’t want the hassle of property viewings, estate agent negotiations and a lengthy conveyancing process, a quick house sale to a company that buys houses could be the stress-free route you’re looking for.

    Getting an estimate from Quick Move Now is quick and easy.

    We just need to ask you a few simple questions about your property, which will take a few minutes over the phone or via email. All estimates are cost and obligation-free, there are no aggressive sales tactics and all your information is safe and secure.

    Get a cash offer

    How quick house sale companies work

    One question you may be asking is why a sale to a house buying company is so much quicker than a sale on the open market.

    Selling to a company that buys houses means you have a guaranteed buyer, so you don't need to spend months on the market. Buying with our own cash funds means we're able to avoid the usual hold-ups connected to mortgage applications. We also work with some of the UK's best conveyancing solicitors who are used to working to tight deadlines and are committed to completing the legal sale process to meet the customer's timescales.

    Selling directly to Quick Move Now Selling via the open market
    Listing with an estate agent 0 hours 5 hours
    Hosting viewings 0 hours 12.5 hours
    Waiting for your buyer to secure their mortgage 0 weeks 4 weeks
    Avg time for conveyencing 1 week 16 weeks
    Total 1 week 20 weeks 17.5 hours

    It takes over 20 weeks of your personal time to actively sell your home via the open market. Selling directly to Quick Move Now, only takes one week!

    We work with some of the UK’s best conveyancing solicitors. They are all used to working to tight deadlines and committed to meeting your chosen sale completion date.

    What happens to my house after I sell it to a company?

    What happens to my house after I sell it to a company?

    Different companies that buy houses will have different business models for what they do with the properties they purchase. Some will keep the properties and rent them out, but most will re-sell them on the open market. This means the company takes all the risks associated with how long the property will take to sell on the market and what price it will achieve.

    Companies that buy houses – the process

    Step one:
    Get in Touch

    Contact our professional property buying team to discuss your property and obtain an indicative offer.

    Step two:
    Get a Formal Offer

    After an independent valuation, we’ll make you a free, no-obligation cash offer for your house.

    Step three:
    Choose Completion Date

    If you choose to accept our formal cash offer, you decide the date for sale completion.

    Step four:
    Completion

    On your chosen completion date, the house sale process is completed and the money is transferred to you.

    What are the benefits of selling a house to a company?

    faast house sale iconFast House Sale

    From initial enquiry to sale completion, a house buying company should be able to buy your house in as little as 7 days.

    Full control of timescales iconYou are in full control of the timescale

    Quick Move Now, the UK’s original home buying company, offers a guaranteed house sale. We can tie-in with your onward property purchase for a smooth, hassle-free move.

    guaranteed sale iconGuaranteed sale

    Once you've accepted a formal cash offer from Quick Move Now, the sale is guaranteed (subject to an independent RICS survey). This means you don’t have to worry about property chain collapses or your house sale falling through.

    No hidden costs

    All fees associated with a 'traditional house sale' are eradicated when selling direct to a company. You’ll have no estate agent fees or EPC costs to pay. We will even cover your legal fees.

    No hassle

    Selling your house directly to a property buying company like Quick Move Now takes away the normal anxieties and delays associated with a traditional house sale.

    No expense before selling

    Quick Move Now is able to buy your house 'as is'. This means there's no need to pay for expensive repairs or redecorating before you sell.

    Why sell to Quick Move Now

    Quick Move Now is the UK's original and largest home buying company. Established in 1998, we have bought and sold more than 6,000 properties over the last 25 years.

    We are founding members of the National Association of Property Buyers and have campaigned for many years to raise standards in the property buying industry.

    We have testimonials from hundreds of happy customers, and many of our customers have used our services more than once, so you can feel confident that we're a company you can trust.

    Our property buying service offers you amazing flexibility. Whether you need to complete in a week because your property sale has fallen through, or are moving to a new build home that will be ready in 2 months, we will work to your timescales and have the money in your account when you need it.

    Simply put, our credentials make us the best company to buy your house for cash!

    As a business, it is impossible for us to pay full market value. However, our customers choose Quick Move Now because they believe the guaranteed sale we are uniquely placed to offer is a more attractive option than the hassle and uncertainty that comes with selling on the open market.

    A genuine property buying company will always pay below market value, in exchange for a no-risk, guaranteed house sale, where you are in complete control of the timescales.

    We know that how much we can pay for your property is an important part of your decision-making process, which is why we assess each property on an individual basis and always make the highest offer we can. We understand that selling your house is a big decision and don’t want you to feel rushed, so we guarantee that our cash offer is made without any cost, obligation or 'hard sell'.

    Getting a cash offer from Quick Move Now is quick and easy.

    We just need to ask you a few simple questions about your property, which will take a few minutes over the phone or via email. All estimates are cost and obligation-free, there are no aggressive sales tactics and all your information is safe and secure.

    Get a cash offer

    Alternatives to companies that buy property

    If you're looking for a quick and guaranteed sale, a genuine company that buys houses will offer a service that can't be matched. However, if you can't afford to accept less than market value for the sale of your property, these are some other options.

    Sell on the open market

    Sell on the open market:

    Selling your house using a high street estate agent is the traditional and most common way people choose to sell a property. It is also the best way to achieve the highest price for your property. However, it’s not a particularly quick or reliable way to sell. On average it takes 5-7 months to sell a house via this route and around a third of all open market property sales will fall through before completion. Slow and failed property sales can be both expensive and upsetting.

    Property auction:

    If the property you are selling is likely to be difficult to mortgage (e.g., structural issues or leasehold with less than 100 years remaining on the lease), you might want to consider selling it at auction. Property auctions tend to attract investors and those looking for a renovation project who may be more likely to be able to purchase without a mortgage.

    Property auction
    Private property sale

    Private property sale:

    Trying to sell your house privately is an option if you want to avoid estate agency costs and feel confident that you could attract a buyer on your own. You should consider, however, that finding a buyer privately means you will need to take on all the tasks usually carried out by an estate agent. This will include marketing the property yourself, conducting viewings, negotiating a sale, and working with your solicitor to progress the sale to completion. So, whilst it is a cheaper alternative to selling via an estate agent, it is a very time-intensive option and can be stressful if you do not have a lot of experience of selling a property.

    FAQ's

    • Are property buying companies legitimate?

      Yes, there are several legitimate property buying companies. Although the industry is unregulated, there are genuine property buying companies that offer a useful alternative to the open market. They are a great fit for those looking for a fast, guaranteed sale. It’s important to check a company’s credentials to ensure you’re dealing with a company that can deliver the service you need. You can read more about how to ensure you deal with a genuine, reputable company here.

    • What happens when a company buys your house?

      Selling to a company that buys houses should be a simple and straight forward process.

          1. The company will ask some basic questions about your property
          2. The company will ask several local, independent estate agents to value your property and make you a formal cash offer based on those valuations
          3. If you choose to accept the formal cash offer, you can decide your completion date
          4. On the agreed date, the sale will complete and the cash will be paid directly into your bank account

    • How can I sell my house fast?

      The fastest way to sell your house is to use a genuine home buying company. Because a reputable property buying company will use their own cash funds, they can avoid the delays associated with selling on the open market via an estate agent. Any genuine company should be able to complete the sale of your property on a date of your choice – in as little as a week, if required.

    • Do companies buy your house?

      Yes, there are companies that can buy your house. There are several advantages to selling to house buying companies, including a speed and certainty that can’t be matched by any other method of sale.

      Selling to a company means you’ll get less than market value for your property, but the sale is guaranteed and can be completed in as little as 7 days.

    • How long do most houses take to sell?

      Selling a property on the open market currently takes an average of 5-7 months, and 1 in 3 property sales will fall through.

      If you’re looking for a faster way to sell, a company that buys houses should be able to complete a sale in as little as a week.

    Getting a cash offer from Quick Move Now is quick and easy.

    We just need to ask you a few simple questions about your property, which will take a few minutes over the phone or via email. All estimates are cost and obligation-free, there are no aggressive sales tactics and all your information is safe and secure.

    Get a cash offer

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