If you own a home in St. Paul don’t get too excited about the “instant offer” programs out there. They are often not available in St. Paul zip codes. It is because our houses are old. The median age is around 80 years. I mention this because Zillow instant offers just came to Minnesota.
When the promise of an instant no hassle offer has fine print that says: “restrictions apply”, age of the house is sometimes a restriction.
There are companies that buy old houses for cash. They have been around for decades but were almost invisible during the housing market crash.
Right now it is fairly easy to sell a house and it is up to the seller if they want to clean, paint and or have open houses. Houses that need repairs can be sold. Offers are not instant but it doesn’t take long and in most cases, the seller can call the shots when it comes to terms like the closing date.
People with newer houses in the suburbs will have an easier time with some of the new internet-based programs for buying and selling residential real estate.