Frequently Asked Questions
Maybe you have a few questions. That’s okay; most people do. So here’s a quick collection of some of the questions people ask us… along with our answers. If you still have a question, don’t hesitate to contact us (or give us a call) and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.
Q: Who are you?
A: My name is Chris Thorne and I am a lifelong resident of Winnipeg. I am in charge of the team at I Buy Winnipeg Houses, who are Winnipeg’s top cash home buyers. If you’d like to get to know us a bit better, check out our About Us page or give us a call at (204) 813-9275.
Q: Why do you want to buy my house?
A: As real estate investors, we look to find opportunities for houses in Winnipeg where we can add value in some way. Maybe your house has a number of large repairs and deferred maintenance you don’t have the time, energy and money to carry out yourself. Maybe you are behind on payments and need a solution to sell your house quickly, and a cash home buyer who can buy your home in as little as 10 days is the perfect solution for you. Whatever the case may be, we are interested in hearing about your house problem and seeing if we can help!
Q: Will you be listing my house on the MLS or actually buying it?
A: Great question. We’re not agents, and we don’t list houses. We are professional cash home buyers: We buy houses in Winnipeg that meet our buying criteria. From there we may repair the house and resell it to another homeowner, keep it as a rental ourselves, or any number of other options.
Q: Do you pay fair prices for properties?
A: Many of the houses we purchase are below market value (we do this so we can resell it at a profit to another homeowner). We are looking to get a fair discount on a property. However, in our experience, many sellers aren’t necessarily expecting a large “windfall” on the property but rather appreciate that we can offer cash, we close very quickly (no waiting for financing), and no time or effort or expense is required on your part of fix up the property or pay agent fees. If that’s what you’re looking for and you see the value in getting your house sold fast… let’s see if we can come to a fair win-win price. (Besides, our no-obligation pricing commitment means that you do not have to move forward with the offer we give… but it’s good to know what we’re offering!)
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Q: How do you determine the price to offer on my house?
A: Great question, and we’re an open book: Our process is very straightforward. We look at the location of the property, what repairs are needed, the current condition of the property, and values of comparable houses sold in the area recently. We take many pieces of information into consideration… and come up with a fair price that works for us and works for you too. Remember, our service doesn’t cost anything and you’re under no obligation to accept our offer.
Q: Are there any fees or commissions to work with you?
A: This is what makes us stand out from the traditional method of selling your house: There are NO fees or commissions when you sell your house to us. We’ll make you an offer, and if it’s a fit then we’ll buy your house (and we’ll often pay for the closing costs too!). No hassle. No fees. We make our money after we pay for repairs on the house (if any) and sell it for a profit (we’re taking the risks here on whether we can sell it for a profit or not, once we buy the house from you… the responsibility is ours and you walk away without the burden of the property and its payments… and often with cash in your hand).
Q: How are you different from a real estate agent?
A: Real estate agents list properties and hope that someone will buy them. The agent shows the properties to prospective buyers if there are any (the average time to sell a property in many markets right now is 4-6 months, even longer if the property is in bad condition) and then take a percentage of the sale price if they find a buyer. Oftentimes, the agent’s commission is 3-6% of the sale price of your house (so if it’s a $100,000 house, you’ll pay between $3,000 – $6,000 in commissions to an agent). Agents provide a great service for those that can wait 4-6 months to sell and who don’t mind giving up some of that sale price to pay for the commissions. But that’s where we’re different: We’re not agents, we’re home buyers. Our company actually buys houses. We don’t list houses. Since we’re actually the one buying the house from you, and we pay with all cash… we can make a decision to buy your house within a couple of days (sometimes the same day). Again, we make our living by taking the risk to buy the house with our own cash, repair the house, and market it ourselves to find a buyer.
Q: Do I need to clean before I move out?
A: Absolutely not! That’s one of the perks of using our cash home buyer service. Leave behind those ugly basement couches, boxes of random things you’re not sure why you kept and anything else you don’t want to take with you. Lots of clients who are downsizing homes or are pack-rats love this option, as you can just bring whatever you want to the next place and leave the rest behind!
Q: Is there any obligation when I submit my info?
A: There is absolutely zero obligation for you. Once you tell us a bit about your property, we’ll take a look at things, maybe set up a call with you to find out a bit more, and make you an all-cash offer that’s fair for you and fair for us. From there, it’s 100% your decision on whether or not you’d like to sell your house to us… and we won’t hassle you, won’t harass you… it’s 100% your decision and we’ll let you decide what’s right for you.
Q: Is my information confidential?
A: 100%. Your privacy is the most important thing to us. We will treat you with integrity, honesty and respect. We will never sell or share to anyone.
Q: I still have questions!
A: Give us a call anytime at (204) 813-9275 and we’d be happy to answer your questions.
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