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: Are you an investor?
A: Yes, we (Joe & Sam) are investors in real estate. We enjoy buying and renovating homes. We also enjoy holding homes and renting them out to those who can’t afford to purchase a home at this time. Many millennials, in fact, are opting for renting homes instead of purchasing as they don’t want to be tied down.
Investors tend to get a bad name as money-grubbing slumlords who are looking to just make money off you.
We make less money than most investors (way less) because we give you more money for your home, plus we tend to spend more on renovating a home to push neighborhood values up. We invest to add value to the community first before putting money in our pockets.
Q: Are you a wholesaler?
A: If you don’t know, wholesalers are people who buy properties at a very low price and then sell it to investors (like us). Have you ever seen a “We buy houses” sign on the side of a telephone pole? Yes, it’s tacky first of all, but those are likely wholesalers.
Wholesalers typically are notorious for being aggressive with their offers (lowballing I mean), plus they don’t return your calls. Try and call one of them the next time you see one. There’s a good chance you won’t get a call back.
We are investors and community builders first of all.
At some times, we honestly will not have the funds to outright purchase your home, so we will try and find someone in our network to purchase the property. We have a vast network of investors and buyers who can come in and close a transaction.
Know that if that happens:
- We will let you know ASAP it is happening
- We will be there with you pushing the transaction to the very end
- We will still pay for your moving and packing so you’re taken care of
We are very upfront with you what our plans are for your property.
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Q: Are you just going to low-ball me on my home? I’m not going to give away my house.
A: We pledge to give you a fair offer on your home. We will talk over with you what repairs need to be done, what the market would value your house at, and what number we would need for the property to be a worthwhile purchase for our business.
We can’t promise we will buy every homeowner we talk to. Some homes are better to be listed with a realtor. Others would just be too much for us because repairs may be high and we would lose money.
What’s important to you is that getting a fair offer from us is free and there is no car-salesmen-pressure you’ll feel.
You are always free to end any negotiations and we will part as friends. Again, every homeowner we talk to will not result in a closed sale. That’s just the nature of real estate.
We are not realtors. But we can give you advice on what is the best option for you.
One homeowner I just talked with wanted more money than we could afford for the property. I recommended he put a little money in new flooring and paint and list with a realtor. It wasn’t a good house for us to buy, but I was happy to point him in the right direction.
Q: Do you purchase all cash?
A: We do. But this can change during a transaction. We sometimes may get a short-term loan to fund the transaction. These aren’t banks, but private investors and private lenders.
How does it affect you?
Zero. You receive the same amount of money regardless. And we close just as fast. Joe & Sam just have additional paperwork to fill out that you don’t have to worry about.
Q: My house needs a lot of repairs, what do I do?
A: We love homes that need a lot of repairs. Repairs are great if you can do them then list with a realtor. However, these can total tens of thousands of dollars. We just remodeled three bathrooms and a kitchen and it cost almost $40,000.
For many, that is not possible to do. Especially if you need to get out of your house fast, you don’t have months to spend waiting for repairs to get done.
We take care of all your repairs. You spend $0. We buy ‘as is’ that is why.
Q: Do I need an appraisal done?
A: Absolutely not. No appraisals required in any form.
Q: My house has a lien on it (tax, contractor, HOA), what do I do?
A: We will have an attorney do a title search (we pay for that) and see what liens pop up on your property. We can then work together to figure out how to get those liens taken care of so you can sell your house fast.
Q: My house is in pre-foreclosure. What do I do?
A: In this situation, we may need to bring your mortgage bank into the conversation and make sure you are allowed to pay off the mortgage.
Some banks are more flexible than others. We’ve dealt with pre-foreclosures before and honestly, many banks don’t want to go through foreclosure. They will happily work with us to get any back-payments and taxes taken care of.
We can handle this.
Q: My house is going up for auction next month? What do I do?
A: If your home is about to be auctioned, the only way to stop it is to call the bank together and try and pay off what needs to be paid.
Many courthouse auctions are cancelled…even up to minutes before…because homeowners are able to stop the process.
It takes quick actions, but we can work with you to try and save the home from an auction.
We can’t promise we can stop the auction. It comes down to how your bank handles situations like this.
Q: What are you going to do with my home after I sell it to you?
A: We are upfront with you about this.
Our mission is to grow the values in neighborhoods. The way we do that is fully renovating your home after we close.
We don’t cut corners. We don’t put in cheap finishes either.
We tend to make less money than most investors because we go above and beyond in our remodels.
Your home will be well pampered and taken care of.
Other times, we may hold your property as a rental. Rent demand is on the up in Cherokee and Cobb county. Many millennials wish to rent homes more than buy. We want to help them too.
In some instances, we may need to wholesale your property. That means we sell our interest to another investor.
That may be likely because we don’t have the funds to complete the purchase. Know that we will stay by your side to make sure your home closes. You also will get your $4,000 pack and move bonus still.
Q: What paperwork do I need to sell? I don’t understand real estate transactions?
A: You don’t need any disclosures or anything like that. Our purchase agreement (approved by a real estate attorney) puts we are buying your house ‘as is.’
Once that is filled out, the attorneys take over from there!
For loan payoff, your bank will likely require you to sign a loan payoff statement. But they will handle all that paperwork.
We are there from start to finish to help you take care of everything.
Q: What if I change my mind about selling after we sign the contract?
A: With a binding contract, you are legally obligated to fulfill the sale.
However, if there is a dire circumstance that comes up, we can discuss possible termination without penalty.
You deserve a relaxed and stress-free close. At the same time, we hope you enter a contract with serious intention to complete the sale.
Q: What is the PROCESS for selling my home to you (Rocking Porch Homes)?
A: It starts with filling out your information below. Or, listening to our pre-recorded message at 404-590-6538.
At that point, we will give you a call and talk over your property. We’ll discuss what repairs need done, what you love about the house, what you think needs to change, the neighborhood, how much you owe, etc.
From there, if we feel it is a good fit, we will come out to your house and talk over the property with you in your living room.
Then, we can discuss terms. If you and I agree, we sign a purchase and sale agreement.
Attorneys take it from there.
A few days before closing, we will help you pack and move your belongings out of your home into your new residence. We provide up to $3,000 if you reach out to us. ($1,000 if you’re referred from a friend).
Then, we sign the documents on closing day and you walk out with a check (or wire). Congrats!
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