Tips For Selling a Florida Condo Fast

Looking to sell a condo in Florida?

You’re probably wondering how long it will take. Condominiums often prove difficult to sell quickly. High HOAs rule out prospective buyers on a tight budget. Condos also are frequently “niche” type properties, with unique features like boat access, golf course, “extravagant” amenities.

Finding a buyer for a condo can often just take a very long time . . .

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Tips For Selling a Condo In Florida Fast

Days on market means how long a real estate listing has been sitting around. Longer DOM implies a less desirable community.

Study “Days On Market” For Condos in the Homeowner’s Association

Days on market” is “a measurement of the age of a real estate listing. The statistic is defined as the total number of days the listing is on the active market before either an offer is accepted or the agreement between real estate broker and seller ends. Generally, properties with a large DOM value will command lower prices than properties with few DOM because a perception exists that the property may be overpriced or less desirable. DOM often factors into developing a pricing strategy. DOM can also be used as a “thermometer” to gauge the temperature of a housing market

When considering “how fast” you want to sell, check out the DOM for the other condos in your building (similar square footage, floor, unit type, and vantage point). This gives you an estimate how long it will take sell the condo at a certain price. Want to sell faster? Cut the price a bit below and that will certainly shorten your DOM. You can see this data on sites like Zillow and Redfin.

Figure Out What Improvements “Pay Off”

Deciding whether to make improvements or “sell as-is” is a big question to owners looking to sell their property. Whether or not you should make improvements depends on a few things. Do you have the funding to make repairs? Do you live locally such that you can visit the property while contractors are working? Do you know what repairs will pay off and which won’t?

If you lack the cash to make the “right repairs” or aren’t close by, trying to do rehab (and doing a poor job at it) is a good way to throw away your money.

In some cases, you may be cash flush, local, and have the time to properly manage renovation – even if it goes well beyond a fresh coat of pain. The raises the question: what renovations should I make?

Check out online listings of the community comps. The listing pictures should tell you what is selling/not selling. You can also walk through some open houses to get a “live” feel of the similar properties for sale. Imagine yourself as a potential buyer in this building. What improvements will make your unit stand out from the competition, or compensate for less desirable features? This should tell you renovations to make.

Gather documentation and review any HOA rules

Know your condo like the back of your hand. This means being completely fluent in all the rules and regulations of the Homeowners Associations. A homeowner association is a private association formed by a real estate developer for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling homes and lots in a residential subdivision.

With his info in hand, and you are prepared to respond to questions from buyers. For example, prospective buyers will want to know all the amenities that come attached to the hefty HOA fee (gym, pool access, game rooms, etc.)

Rental restrictions, i.e., limits on the ability of buyers to rent the property is a hot button issue for prospective buyers.  HOA’s restrict rentals because too many rental units can have negative impact on value of the condo community. There are two kinds of rental restrictions:

A restriction on the number of leased or rented units or lots permitted within a development is a common element of many modern governing documents (at least those which have been updated from the original developer prepared documents). There are two basic types of lease restrictions. One type limits the total number of leased residences within a development (e.g. no more than 20 residences can be leased at one time). The other type requires all new owners to live in the residence for a specified time (e. g. one year) before the residence can be rented. This second type limits the number of leased units since it discourages purchase by investors and most owners willing to occupy the residence will probably remain after the initial period has passed. Of course, there are variations on each type of type of restriction.

To Use a Realtor Or Not?

Do you need a realtor? 6% commission is expensive if you can manage the sale on your own.

Unfortunately, working with a realtor is a slow process. In most cases, working with a realtor means: (1) interviewing various realtors; (2) negotiating a listing agreement; (3) preparing the house for “showings” – all this before the house is even for sale. On top of that, 5 to 6% commission then is pulled out of your sale. This isn’t to necessary say a realtor isn’t helpful, but there should be no doubt that it is an expensive service. It should also be noted people get their realtor license in two weeks – not exactly a hard to earn piece of paper.

The fastest way to sell any condo is to sell directly to a cash buyer. Cash buyers: (1) buy “as-is” so you make no repairs, (2) have cash reserves which mean no lengthy mortgage approvals, appraisal contingencies; (3) specialize in buying property that needs updates. Since cash buyers cut out all the red tape, closing is fast smooth and easy. Oh and the best part – you don’t pay thousands upon thousands to a realtor to do a few showings.

If you decide you want to pay a realtor, try not to pay the extravagant 6% commission. Many agents are negotiable and may even settle for 1 to 1.5% commissions.

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5 responses to “Tips For Selling a Florida Condo Fast

  1. It makes sense that someone wanting to sell a condo should be prepared with a list of amenities that come from being a part of the HOA, like ground maintenance, game rooms, or a gym. My brother is currently looking for a condo that has a pool and club room. I’ll suggest that he start looking into the HOA rules of any condo that he’s thinking of purchasing.

    1. Good idea – HOA rules can be the difference between a successful condo sale and unsuccessful. I suggest also looking into ownership restrictions (corporate, tenant, re-sale, age, occupancy). If you need to sell in the not too distant future, could be easier/harder based on those.

  2. Thank you for the article. It seems to me that this time of the year more condos, like homes, go on sale. Some buyers are in such a hurry to close they don’t “think” about what the HOA requires, or believe it’s the usual list of items such as paying for maintenance.

    1. Thanks for the comment Lee – always appreciate the feedback. Buyers can waste quite a bit of time if they aren’t sure of the rules. As a regular buyer, I usually end up having to do the entire due diligence as the sellers aren’t already familiar. Sometimes, it wastes two weeks for the seller when it turns out there is a rental restriction or corporate ownership restriction.

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