House Buyers KC works with sellers in a variety of circumstances, including a number of homeowners who opt to sell their homes to move into an assisted living facility. In these situations, an efficient sale and closing are especially important to provide an easy transition — and often financing — for that next chapter.
One of the firm’s recent clients is an ideal example. A Kansas City homeowner had just celebrated her 91st birthday — incidentally, on the same day as House Buyers KC Manager Chad Lower — and opted to work with House Buyers KC after developing a rapport with Kyle Walchshauser, who works in sales acquisitions for House Buyers KC.
“She met with us and with other companies,” Lower said. “We actually presented the same offer as another company, but she opted to work with us because she enjoyed working with Kyle.”
Part of House Buyers KC’s initial consultation is a thorough evaluation of the home and property to determine any repairs and/or updates that need to be made before the home is then listed for sale by House Buyers KC. The Kansas City home proved to be an especially intriguing project, given the age of the home.
“She lived there for 61 years,” Lower said. “It was originally designed by Donald Drummond, an architect who built contemporary homes before anyone wanted them.”
While spending time with the homeowner, Walchshauser and Lower discovered that she still had several original architectural drawings of the home. The team decided to frame and display one of the drawings in the newly remodeled interior in tribute to the home’s history.
“Everything in the home is original,” Lower said. “The only thing the client had updated was the flooring.”
During a property’s evaluation, House Buyers KC also analyzes the surrounding neighborhood to determine the selling price of similar homes. The repair costs, holding costs and profit are then subtracted from that figure, which results in the seller’s offer.
Despite the thorough property evaluation and in-depth discussions with each seller, the House Buyers KC team maintains a focus on delivering a simple, speedy process. Consider the average home listing, which might be on the market for 30 to 60 days. Factor in closings that can easily surpass 45 days, and it’s no wonder that home sales can unexpectedly fall through due to a variety of factors, leaving both the buyer and the seller scrambling for alternatives.
Instead, House Buyers KC’s unconventional approach to home buying and selling—including the ease and speed of the process—has been a big hit with both buyers and sellers.
That includes a welcome peace of mind that comes as a result of House Buyers KC’s willingness to buy homes in any condition. For example, the team worked with two brothers in Overland Park who needed to sell their mom’s home after moving her into an extended care facility. They needed to move quickly on the sale to finance their mom’s care, but the process came to a halt when their real estate agent discovered possible issues with the home.
“The agent reached out to House Buyers KC because of the condition of the home,” Walchshauser said. “The foundation had quite a bit of settlement. And the roof was two layers of shingles and one layer of shake. The homeowner had been there awhile—since 1979.”
Instead of declining the sale, House Buyers KC welcomed an opportunity to work with the brothers to identify needed repairs and updates, then make an offer. The sale was completed soon after, giving clients the money they needed to continue care for their mom.
For House Buyers KC, their unconventional approach to real estate is about so much more than speedy closings and property repairs. At its core, the team is focused on helping people, no matter their situation.
“We want everyone to feel happy about the decision they’ve made,” said Katie Mason, office admin, House Buyers KC. “We enjoy working with people and their families and do whatever we can to make it a smooth transition.”
House Buyers KC
Location: 6900 College Blvd., #930, Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: (913) 777-4444