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If you’re asking yourself this question and you’re wanting a way to work out how much you’ll get when your house sale is completed, read on for the best calculator method.
When you come to sell your property, you might think that the most important figure is the sale price. But it’s not. That’s because there are often costs involved in selling a home, such as fees and commission; especially if you use an estate agent. What you need to know is the amount you’ll get after the sale; the sum that’ll be in your bank account.
To calculate this, you’ll need to know:
If there are repairs to do before your home is sold, these costs will need to be considered, too.
According to the Homeowners’ Alliance, solicitors can charge £500 to £1,500 on legal fees. However, this doesn’t include other charges which could total more than £600:
Selling with an estate agent means you will not know how much you will sell your property for until your sale completes. However, you can get an idea of how much you might make, based on your estate agent’s valuation.
Let’s go through the figures with a practical example.
Your gross profit will be:
sale price – (mortgage balance + cost of selling)
So, on a sale price of £200,000, an outstanding mortgage balance of £60,000 and selling costs of £5,000, the equation would be:
£200,000 – (£60,000 + £5,000) = gross profit of £135,000
In the majority of cases, the mortgage on your existing home will be paid off when you sell your home. The solicitor / conveyancer that is dealing with your paperwork will contact your lender to get a redemption statement and then repay the outstanding loan amount to them by using the funds from the house sale.
If you’re selling your property in order to move to another one, and you have an outstanding mortgage balance, you’ll need to ‘port’ your mortgage. Porting will usually come with fees and there will be different costs applied, depending on whether you are increasing or decreasing your level of borrowing.
The process of porting is the same as if you were switching to a new deal or new lender because you’re asking to borrow against a different property. You will have to reapply for the loan and your affordability will be reassessed (although the deal remains the same with the same interest rate and the same terms). In addition, the home you’re buying must be valued by the lender (so that they can check their investment is viable), so you will have to pay a valuation fee as well.
As you can see, selling a home can be expensive. But there are other ways that don’t charge you any fees.
An assisted sale is specifically designed for homeowners who want to sell but have a property that needs work and refurbishment. It’s especially good for people with second properties, inherited properties, or people moving into rented accommodation.
With an assisted sale, you sell your property to a company for a fixed, guaranteed amount. When the deal has been done, you keep ownership on paper and the company markets the property for sale by using a Power of Attorney.
The company will pay the running costs for the property until it sells to a new owner, without it affecting your agreed sale price. They will pay legal and estate agency costs, maintenance and service charges, ground rent, utility bills, insurance and council tax, as well as your mortgage payments.
In some ways, an assisted sale is just like selling your house via the traditional method, but it’s quick and simpler and it relieves you of the ongoing burden. This could be a great benefit to you if you are having trouble selling your house, or you don’t want to be involved in the sale. Naturally, the assisted sale company will charge a fee for their service, but that will cover everything.
An alternative way to get a quick (and guaranteed) sale is to use a cash buying company. There are lots out there all claiming different qualities, so do your research and read online reviews to make sure you know all about the company with which you’ll be dealing.
Cash buyers work with motivated sellers to push through a fast sale. Their promotional tools are speed and simplicity. Their job is to buy properties that are either difficult to sell or whose owners need cash in their bank account very quickly.
To achieve these super-fast sales, you as a seller will have to take a hit on your price. Cash buyers typically offer around 70% to 80% of the current market rate, although some will offer more. Whilst this may sound like a low price for your property, it could actually save you money because you won’t have to pay agency fees or conveyancing fees. Also, a cash buying company will buy your property in ‘as is’ condition. This measn you won’t have to spend money on decorating to prepare your home for a sale (as you would with an estate agent).
If you’re considering a cash buyer, you must be aware of two points.
Firstly, there’s little regulation in this industry so it’s a haven for scammers. Anyone can set up a business and say they’re a cash buyer. However, that doesn’t mean they have cash or that they’re competent. It’s up to you to do your due diligence and check where their money comes from, what experience they have, the price they offer and everything else.
Secondly, cash buyers are a business and like any business, their aim is to make a profit. Some cash buyers are sniffing around for what they call ‘the three D’s’; divorce, death and debt. These three situations generate the most emotion, making sellers more desperate and weaker in negotiations.
A reputable cash buyer can be a life saver in a tough situation and, as long as you have done your research to fully understand the company with which you’re dealing, a cash buyer can produce great results for you.
The amount that a fast sale company will offer to you for your property will depend upon the company. Some of the most reliable cash buying companies will use independent valuations to decide on a figure and show you the evidence that has enabled them to decide on that number.
Meanwhile, other companies may not use such respected methods and instead flatter you with a higher offer on the phone; only to reduce it when they visit your property. It’s essential to ensure that the valuation you get is a ‘no obligation’ valuation; meaning you’re not forced to sell to that company just because they visited and valued it.
Equally, estate agents and online agents may suggest you pitch your property with an asking price at the top end of the valuation and then after being on the market for a while, they’ll suggest you lower the asking price. All of this takes time, holds up your sale and will cost you money.
Companies that buy houses will buy your house fast for cash, usually within 30 days, with most completing the sale within 7 days. When you contact these house buying companies, they’ll ask for your details and those of the property, after which they’ll have a valuation. Then they’ll give you an offer. If you accept the offer, they will process the payment and you should receive funds in your account within a few days. This means you don’t have to worry about being in a chain or chasing up an estate agent. These are things you just can’t put a price on!
Whichever method you choose, as a home seller you’ll receive the money from your house sale after the process ‘completes’. This is the day that the keys are exchanged, and the buyer is now the official owner of your property. When the buyer’s conveyancer has sent over the money to your conveyancer, they will pay all the necessary fees due, and then send over the remaining amount to your bank account.
We hope you’ve found this article to be informative and helpful and explained to you how much it can cost you to sell your property, and how you can save money, too. To get your free, no-obligation offer for a cash sale, call us, or send an email.