What does iBuyer stand for?
(Instant BUYER) A real estate company that buys homes from sellers who sign up online. After receiving a description of the property, the iBuyer makes an offer to the seller within a couple of days…
Metropolitan Indianapolis got hit with iBuyers this year.
Their business plan demands that market prices will rise. They will buy your house close to market value, then turn around and sell it at above-market values. This works in the current seller’s market because prices are rising so fast that when they sell it, their above-market price will be normal market value by then.
The advantage? It works in some cases. If the owner got transferred and needed to sell their house quickly or if their company paid for the costs of the sale. Maybe it is an estate and the beneficiaries were more concerned about getting rid of it quickly and not so much about the money.
The disadvantages? Money! You will be charged 2 to 3 times what a traditional real estate sale would cost. You won’t pay commission fees BUT you may pay experience fees, repair fees, a 5% service fee, and market risk or holding fee. In total, these fees can add up to between 10 to 15 percent of the selling price for the seller.
This works in the current market. What happens when the market flattens out or drops? It won’t work. The iBuyer can’t make money when the market is flat or dropping. Their whole business plan is based on prices rising.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming year.