We Buy Houses Companies Reviews

How to determine if “we buy houses” companies are credible

We show you how to review these companies and determine if they are a good fit for your home sale.

Chances are you’ve seen signs advertising companies that buy houses for cash.


Often times they say things like “We Buy Houses!” or “Cash For Your House.” While we do not hang signs like those (we think they’re tacky), we operate in a similar way since we can buy your house with cash.


Some online reviews of house buyer websites, which are written by real estate agents, claim that companies who buy houses are only out to low-ball, pay only what your mortgage balance is, and ask for fees up front.


Very rarely are those the cases, and these articles are intended to scare you out of working with an investor, but consider the source of the writing.


So how do you know if a local house buying company is honest and credible?

Buying and selling houses is a valid and respectable profession that can help communities and house sellers in many ways. That is why there are thousands of real estate professionals in every Bay Area county.


But just like any other line of work – a minority of house buyers in any market are the ones who make the rest of us look bad. (This is actually true for EVERY profession if you think about it). We’ve all heard stories about crooked cops, shady contractors, medical malpractice, greedy attorneys, and the list goes on.


We Buy Houses Companies Reviews

Most home buying companies are actually ethical folks who seek make a profit while improving a neighborhood and helping a homeowner sell a house fast. A win-win-win, if you will.


And then there’s shady, dishonest people who put money ahead of the well being of their clients and who would sign the contract to sell their own grandmother with one hand while stabbing you in the back with the other – as long as they were making enough money.


Yes, they are out there.

We’ll help you avoid these “shady house buyers” so you can work with honest, ethical, and reputable local companies who can buy your house for a fair all cash offer and close on your schedule.


But let’s not focus on the negative – at least not yet.


First, let’s cover exactly what real estate investors are doing.

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Jake Knight

Jake Knight has been a residential real estate investor since 2016. He specializes in acquiring and renovating houses in the Bay Area, Sacramento, eventually expanding to over 15+ states. Jake’s prior experience in lending, going back to 2003, laid the foundation for solving complex real estate issues.

Drawing upon his background in assisting sellers with the task of transitioning from a home they have lived in for decades, Jake launched a “senior move management” business in 2021. This company provides valuable support to seniors during the process of packing, coordinating their moves, and downsizing as they transition into senior living communities.

In 2022, Jake expanded his services by becoming a licensed real estate agent in California, providing comprehensive solutions to his seller clients.

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On the other hand, there are some sellers who need a custom solution due to either the property’s condition or the seller’s personal situation, or a combination of the two.

When the property is in really bad shape, they’re likely going to sell to an investor, so it may make sense to save money on commissions and find their own investor.

Some examples of personal situations that we can help with are: hoarding, pre-foreclosure or other financial issues that require a fast home sale, house with non-paying tenants or squatters, severely delinquent property taxes, homeowners who want to rent back the home longer than normal, or sellers who value privacy and/or are embarrassed by their home.

If your seller lead meets these criteria, you should propose the idea of making an introduction to me. You can simply suggest to them that your partner or colleague buys houses and ask if they are interested in speaking with me. Remember, you are not performing real estate agent duties. See our disclaimer below. The main thing to keep in mind at this point is to qualify them as a good fit or not. I can help you with the documentation and process things.