who are the cash buyers in the bay area?

Who Are The Cash Buyers in the Bay Area?

You’ve seen the “we buy houses” and “cash for houses” signs all around town when you’re driving around, so who are these cash buyers in the Bay Area ?  Are they legit? How does it work?  Who should I trust?


We’ll dive into these questions here in this article… but before we get started, be sure to stop by and read about how to find a credible house buying company.


There are many reasons you might be searching for a cash home buyer. Divorce, job loss, relocation, and mortgage trouble are common reasons, but other homeowners prefer to sell without a Realtor and want to connect with buyers directly.


Selling directly to a house buyer can get you the cash that you need fast, while also taking your property off your hands so you can move on with your life.

Cash Buyers That Are Real Estate Investors

Cash buyers will usually be investors (some locally based, like us here at Skye Homes… and some based out of town) whose goal is to create win-win situations and help homeowners like yourself.


While some cash buyers are people who intend to live in the home, we do not intend to occupy it. The occupant cash buyers are harder to find since they do not advertise that they have money. Most occupant buyers do not use all cash even if they have it.


Back to investors… being able to pay cash gives us the flexibility to work around your time frame, whether that be a fast or slow sale.

Need to be out in two weeks? No problem!


Need more time? We can buy the house, give you moving money from the sale proceeds, then take the appropriate amount of time you need to move. We aren’t in a rush if you’re not.

3 Tips For Selling to Cash Buyer

1) Price it right

2) Be honest

3) Be flexible

Price it right – When selling to a cash house buyer, keep in mind that we’re buying with cash, instead of using bank financing… and we can close very quickly.  We can buy your house in as little as 7 days if you want to sell that quickly… rather than waiting 30-120 days to sell your house the traditional listing agent route.


This also means that you’re getting a quick/ hassle free sale and cash in your pocket so you can move on with your life!


So don’t go into the process with expectations of getting the same price on a quick cash sale that closes in a matter of days or weeks that you’d get with an agent listing your house to find the ideal retail buyer for months and months and months.


Also consider in your pricing the fact that local cash home buyers like us here at Skye Homes don’t charge any fees or commissions.  So consider that a savings right there!


Be honest – Always tell the truth when giving descriptions of repairs and values. An experienced cash buyer will do their homework, so tarnishing a relationship and potentially hindering a sale in the name of saving a few bucks, is never worth it. Just be honest with your buyer and they will work with you.


Be flexible – Cash house buyers can often come up with creative solutions to your problems. Be flexible, and willing to share and listen to make the best of your situation.


After talking to many sellers, we’ll sometimes find out that there are other options that make a lot more sense for them… rather than us buying their house.


We’ll let you know what we feel are the best options for your situation. If it means us buying your house is a win-win transaction… great!  If it means you selling your house another way (or even finding a way to stay in your house)… great!


All we care is that you’re taken care of in the process. That’s how we win so many long-term fans of Skye Homeowners who end up referring their friends and family our way when they need to sell their houses fast too.


The bottom line is, regardless of how daunting the task of selling your home may appear, sometimes all it takes is finding out who are the best cash buyers.

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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.