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Can You Sell a House With a Mortgage?

Can You Sell a House With a Mortgage?

The UHS Team

Jul 18, 2022

Are you ready to move to a new city? Maybe it’s simply time to upgrade your living situation. Whatever the case, one question looms large for those who have taken out a mortgage and still owe money on a home they’re hoping to sell: Can you sell a house with a mortgage still on it?

Whether you’re still upside down on the investment or just a few payments remain , there IS a path to selling a house with a mortgage. For many families, the prospect of moving into a new home is the reason for wanting to do so. With that in mind, let’s look at how an assumption of mortgage can free you up to sell your home and buy a new one, even when you have an unpaid mortgage.

How to Buy a House Before Selling Yours

In the process of moving homes, timing can be a challenge. Particularly in hot markets (like the one we’re in now), buyers have to move quickly when they find a house they like or someone else will almost certainly snatch it up. For that reason, buying a house before selling is increasingly common.

That said, there’s actually a really simple way to sell a house quickly and get the funds for a new place.

The large porch and front yard of a Columbus home.

Can You Sell Your House Before Paying Off the Mortgage?

Many folks assume that they have to pay off their mortgage before they become eligible to sell a house. Luckily, that’s not true. This is where an assumption of mortgage comes into play.

What Is an Assumption of Mortgage?

Assuming a mortgage is basically exactly what it sounds like. This is the legal route to selling a house with a mortgage still on it.

If you have a mortgage on a property and you can’t (or simply don’t want to) pay it anymore, you have the option of turning that house over to a buyer with the mortgage still on it. 

What Are the Upsides to Selling a House With a Mortgage?

Assumable mortgages aren’t necessarily a bad thing in the eyes of a new buyer. In fact, they represent a major selling point given the right circumstances. Because the existence of a mortgage and pre-established loan terms may mean better lending rates for an incoming buyer, it can work out as a perk in a lot of cases — leading to a win-win sale for buyer and seller.

A home at 429 E Beaumont Road in Columbus, Ohio.
Exploring how to sell a house with a mortgage on it? Upward Home Solutions can help.

Can You Sell a House With a Mortgage You’re Behind On?

As a matter of fact, you often can. The answer in your particular case will depend on the value of your home in comparison to your mortgage. Seattle investment company Beachworks points out that, considering how hot the market is right now, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover your home’s value has appreciated significantly in recent years. Why not see for yourself?

Selling to a Direct Buyer

In virtually all scenarios, there is an option for selling to an iBuyer like Upward Home Solutions. If your mortgage has become a burden, we’d be happy to talk to you and determine the best way to assume that mortgage. UHS handles all closing and transactional fees any time we arrive at a deal for a property title. That means if you choose to sell to us, you won’t have to spend a dime more on anything before you have cash in hand.

Curious to learn more? Contact us today to for more info or to get your zero-obligation, free quote!

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