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13 February 2024

How much below market value do house buying companies offer?

Sam Edwards
Senior Writer & Researcher
How much below market value do house buying companies offer?

Table of contents

  1. 1. What is a cash house buying company?
  2. 2. How much below market value do house buying companies offer?
  3. 3. So why sell with a house buying company?
  4. 4. Why shouldn't you sell with a house buying company?
  5. 5. How to avoid being scammed by a cash house buying company
  6. 6. Summary: Consider your options carefully

House buying companies have been around for decades. But with plenty of doubts surrounding their practices, it's understandable to worry whether you're getting a good deal or not. So, how much below market value do house buying companies actually offer?

What is a cash house buying company?

Luckily, there aren't any surprises about what a cash house buying company is - it's a business that makes money by buying properties for cash. After buying a house, they make some repairs and redecorate, before selling it on at auction.

How much below market value do house buying companies offer?

It depends on the company, but you can expect most of these property buyers to provide a 'no obligation cash offer' of somewhere in the region of 70 to 80% of your property's true market value.

Let's look at this in cash terms. As of 2024, the average UK property is worth £291,029 (Halifax). If you sold your house to a cash house buying company for 70%, you would receive £203,720. That's a whole lot less than your property's real price.

So why sell with a house buying company?

While you can't expect to make a killing, selling with a property buying company can have its benefits.

The transaction is completed faster than standard because you've already got a ready and willing buyer. With no need to go through an estate agent or wait for a better offer, you simply accept a cash offer from the company and they'll do the paperwork for you.

Another reason homeowners choose to sell with a house buying company is because the buyers are generally willing to buy any type of property off your hands - this includes fixer-uppers, or properties beset by natural problems, such as a high risk of flooding or Japanese Knotweed.

So the benefits are clear: speed, instant cash, and a high success rate. But why shouldn't you sell with a house buying company?

Why shouldn't you sell with a house buying company?

Less-than-market value usually means 70 - 80%

Buy any house companies aren't known for being generous. With their main benefits being speed and reliability, you're never going to achieve a sale for full market value. More often than not, you'll end up with a one-off payment that is 60 - 80% of your property's market value.

You miss out on an opportunity to make more money

There's a reason why people sell with local estate agents. As property sales experts, they tend to make you more money. Skilled in marketing and offer progression, agents can help field your property to a range of interested buyers, increasing the likelihood that it sells for more than market value.

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Some cash house buying companies are shady

Unlike traditional property transactions, buy any house companies aren't widely regulated. This means you're more vulnerable to scams when you use them.

One frequently employed tactic by the less scrupulous cash house buyer is gazundering. Gazundering occurs when the buyer lowers their offer on your property, typically right before finalising the deal, placing you in a position to either accept a reduced sale price or withdraw from the transaction. Unfortunately, this is a legal practice, making it challenging to anticipate or safeguard your sale against.

To ease concerns, some cash buying companies are members of an organisation called the National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB). This collective serves to hold its members to correct standards and punish those who use unethical tactics to get business.

How to avoid being scammed by a cash house buying company

There's several ways you can avoid the 'drop price tactic' (gazundering) that is commonplace among illegitimate cash buying companies...

1. Read their reviews carefully

Your biggest indicator of a reputable house buying company is their reviews. If they receive plenty of good ones, you can be a little more confident in the company's legitimacy. Of course, it's also possible for a company to pay a shady service to flood their comms with vague, five star reviews. So how do you work out which reviews are real?

Detail is key. Reviews that are in-depth about the selling process, that clearly reference members of the cash buying business (names which you can cross-reference across several reviews), are more likely to be from genuine members of the public.

2. Check if they're members of the NAPB or the Property Ombudsman.

It's also worth checking whether they're members of the NAPB or the Property Ombudsman. The NAPB should give some credence to their honesty, while the Property Ombudsman is a well-established property market watchdog that many estate agencies subscribe to. Membership to both organisations should provide some peace-of-mind to potential sellers.

3. Is their offer genuine? Make sure it's a guarantee!

When you receive an offer, make sure they back it with a guarantee. It's normal for cash companies to make an informal offer over the phone and then drop the price later when one of their agents visits your home. If you want to make sure the offer is set in stone, ask for a guarantee to prevent them dropping their offer at the last minute.

4. Make sure the survey is carried out at the beginning of the selling process

Normal property transactions involve surveys to confirm the structural well-being of the properties being sold. They are typically arranged immediately after the informal offer. Cash house buying companies should be no different. If they prolong the survey until the last minute, it could be a sign that they're planning to drop the price before contracts exchange and use the survey results as an excuse.

5. Get a date for the exchange of contracts ASAP!

The moment contracts exchange, the sale becomes legally binding. That means the offer the company makes in the exchange is final. To avoid any price drop shenanigans, make sure the exchange is set in stone.

Summary: Consider your options carefully

Cash house buyers are infamous for a reason, but that's not to say there aren't legitimate businesses out there that are willing to take a property off your hands for 80% of your home's value.

But it's important to never underestimate the value of a reputable estate agent. There's always money left on the table - so don't count out your property until you've received a valuation from one of your area's top performers. While estate agent fees are something to think about, a top local agent more than makes up their commission by achieving a good price for your property.

If you want to see some of our reviews for cash house buying companies, check out the links below:

  1. Good Move
  2. National Home Buyers
  3. We Buy Any Home
  4. We Buy Any House

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