How to Find Real Estate Investors for a Home Sale

There are a few reasons you might not want to sell a home the traditional way. Hot market or not, your home may just not be move-in-ready. Perhaps you need mortgage relief or cash in hand quickly. This is where real estate investors or iBuyers often become a useful option for sellers to consider. Of course, more than just knowing how to find real estate investors, you want to be on the lookout for the right ones.

What’s in This Article?

To help you determine if selling a house to an iBuying company is right for you, we’ll get into some questions to ask real estate investors. We’ll also look at defining this type of buyer in addition to answering questions like, “What does a real estate investor do?” and “What are the benefits of selling to one?” By the end of this article you should have a good idea of how to find reputable iBuyers you can feel good about working with. Ready to get started?

Great! First up, let’s look at an overview of what home investors actually do with a property.

What Does a Real Estate Investor Do?

Thinking about selling your home to an iBuyer company, but curious what’s going to happen to it? First they will renovate the home. After this, there are two basic routes: They will either rent the property out or sell it.

Renovation Time

The first step an investor will take is to renovate your property. No matter how great of shape it may be in, if a home investor buys it, they’re probably going to want it to be 100% up to modern standards. This might mean new paint, a kitchen remodeling project, and/or any number of other projects. Our team up in Powell LOVES this part of the process. In fact, we often prefer homes that need a lot of work because it lets us basically start from scratch with our vision. HGTV anyone? 🙂

After renovating your home to whatever extent is required, a home investor will do one of two things (although there is technically a third option, but we’ll touch on that).

Sell it 

After all the renovation work, an investor is likely to turn around and sell the home. This is what a home investor’s business is built on: the deep pockets to purchase homes, put in the time and upfront money to get them ready for a high-value sale, and then flip them. Where an individual or family may (understandably) balk at spending $100,000 to fix up a damaged house with good bones, a house-flipping team is structured to take on that kind of financial risk.

Rent it

Dealing with bad tenants may be no fun, but attracting responsible tenants to a newly renovated home can be a great opportunity for an investor. If your buyer doesn’t sell the home, they will probably rent it out for the monthly income.

Keep It

It’s possible a home investor will keep a home for their kids or themselves. Of course, this is rare. It also may sort of move them out of the “home investor” category if you want to get technical about it. So for all intents and purposes, when you sell to home investors, count on them fixing it up before either converting it to a rental property or reselling it.

Definition of an iBuyer

A female real estate investor speaking to a man and a woman at a table.

As the name implies, iBuyer is defined in PCMag as: “A real estate company that buys homes from sellers who sign up online.”

It’s worth noting that while this process begins by a seller expressing interest online, it should eventually require meeting in person and having discussions around your needs and goals for selling. Never sign over your home before speaking to a real person. If you work with Upward Homes, chances are you’ll speak with one or more of these fine folks!

Seven men and women in front of a sign for the Powell real estate investment company Upward Home Solutions.

Benefits of Selling a Home to Investors

Selling a home to an iBuyer can end up being a big help for some homeowners. Certain benefits will depend on your particular situation, so I’ve broken up several of the big ones into two categories: 1.) perks that exist for pretty much every seller (Definite Benefits), and 2.) perks that may be true for you if relevant to your situation (Possible Benefits).
*All benefits are based on a company operating in the same basic manner that UHS operates. They may vary if an investor is less than reputable or simply offers different terms.

Definite Benefits

  • Fast cash in hand
  • Simpler process
  • Total control of the sale timeline
  • Zero upfront costs (repairs, transaction fees, closing costs)

Possible Benefits

  • Mortgage relief
  • Simplify a transition into senior living
  • Easy out-of-state sale
  • Avoid paying money for the sale or upkeep of an inherited home

See the longer list of benefits for more information.

Is Selling to an iBuyer Worth It

It depends. Selling to a house investor may be a better option than listing through a real estate agent simply because it’s so much faster, simpler, and will put a fair cash deal in your hand. This can especially be the case for folks who are behind on house payments, property taxes, or in some other type of financial bind. But make sure you find a win-win solution.

Please never be afraid to walk away if a deal doesn’t work for you. There is no one solution for everyone. Reputable iBuyer companies aren’t right for every situation, but they can be a huge help in others. So do your research!

Discover the low pressure way Upward Home Solutions operates:

How to Find Real Estate Investors You Trust

Like I mentioned at the top this, the important thing is that you find someone you’re comfortable with who will give you a fair deal. Sadly, there are a lot of shady companies in this industry. That’s why we put together seven questions to help you vet any direct home buyer you’re considering.

Questions to Ask Real Estate Investors

7 questions to ask real estate investors who want to buy your property.

Questions About Selling a Home to Investors/iBuyer Companies?

Stop by our office in Powell, find us on Facebook/Instagram, or give us a ring anytime! We may be born and raised Columbus house flippers, but we’re happy to help answer questions for sellers around the country.

Selling a House During the Pandemic

If you’re wondering what is the best method for selling a house during the pandemic, Upward Home Solutions has a service to help you.

These are stressful and uncertain times. First and foremost, I’d like to extend our best to you and your family. Our top priority is promoting public health and safety. Together, we hope you are taking the necessary precautions along with us to stop the coronavirus in its tracks. 

selling a house during the pandemic of COVID 19

Unfortunately, the fear and fallout surrounding this pandemic are not confined even to our physical wellbeing. For many in our community, this situation is also a financial concern.

Many homeowners are realizing that finding a realtor and listing on the MLS has never been more difficult than it is right now.  When you list with a realtor, you are contracting with someone to help you sell your home. Upward Home Solutions works differently. We want to buy your home. We will give you cash for my house.

For homeowners, selling a house during the pandemic presents some unique problems. We buy your house.

Here’s some good news for homeowners:

Home prices remain strong despite a very volatile stock market. Equity in homes has never been higher. Selling real estate is still a viable option, despite it being difficult to find a realtor and go through that whole process for selling a house during the pandemic.

At Upward Home Solutions, we believe that now, more than ever, the first priority of any business should be to lift up its community. We understand the constraints that a tough market can put on a homeowner’s wallet. So if our services can help you with selling a house during the pandemic, we want to hear from you. 

selling a house during the pandemic is tough

What is the process of selling a house during the pandemic?

If you were counting on selling in the near future, you might be wondering how in the world to do that now. Many things have changed about selling a house during the pandemic.

Upward Home Solutions remains in a unique position to buy your home quickly. We can streamline the process and put cash in your hand when you really need it—no waiting on bank approvals or inspections. We’ll close on your timeline, in as little as a couple weeks. 

We are buying houses, and people are still selling a house during the pandemic. New procedures keep you and your family safe while eliminating stress and uncertainty.

Rental Properties

Many landlords have been watching governmental developments. Those relying on rental property income for their own bills may have trouble with the moratorium on evictions. The laws seem to change weekly. It’s a headache keeping up with all the new rules.

We get it. Selling a house during the pandemic is a tricky situation.

If you are a landlord and you’re wondering about selling a house during the pandemic, UHS is in a position to purchase property regardless of occupancy or lease status. We will assume your risk and all that goes with it. 

How we are adjusting our services for selling a house during the pandemic:

As mentioned above, health and safety remain priority number one. Thankfully, UHS is able to limit and do away with the need for close proximity as we fight the spread of this virus. When selling a house during the pandemic, you will want to be extra careful.

If you’re curious about your options with UHS, we’ll get you on a phone call with Amy, who can answer any questions you have and outline our process in more detail to help you with selling a house during the pandemic.

greetings when selling a house during the pandemic

After a quick greeting with Tim at your appointment, don’t be offended when he keeps his distance. We’re being very cognizant of health protocol. Tim’s car will remain stocked with hand sanitizer and wipes, and you have our word that he won’t go on any appointments if he or anyone in his family is feeling unwell. Tim always wears a face mask to every appointment.

Tim will take photos and videos of your house so that we can assess value without sending anyone else to walk through your property. However, we are also offering two alternatives to in-person appointments.

  1. We can make “curb offers” where we don’t even have to come into the house. 
  2. Homeowners can leave keys for us in a lockbox and we can go through when no one else is there. 
Tim Smith headshot photo
Tim Smith

As always, meeting with Tim and getting an offer doesn’t mean you have to sell your house to us. We would never pressure you into doing something that isn’t right for you. Our business has always been based on trust. Meeting with Tim simply gives you one more option that you didn’t have before for selling a house during the pandemic.

If you need a fast house sale, we can finish the purchase of your house in less than a week.

Homeowners do not even have to show up in person to the closing. 

We use digital signatures for the contracts and for closing documents. Recently, Upward Home Solutions purchased a home from a man who lives in the Caribbean. We never met the homeowner in person. Nonetheless, we were able to use a notary in his home country, digital signatures, and a wire transfer for payment.

At the end of the day, selling a house from a remote location is always difficult. Selling a house during the pandemic is even harder. Fortunately, Upward Home Solutions is an expert in non-traditional sales.

We’re In This Together

Stay safe, stay strong. If there’s anything our business can do to help you, please let us know. Selling a house during the pandemic is a unique situation. Nonetheless, we have many ways to help.

We built Upward Home Solutions on a belief in community and on finding ways to serve ours. If we can help in your situation, please let us know.    

Amy is ready to answer your call. She will explain our process for selling a house during the pandemic.


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The Team at Upward Home Solutions

More About Upward Home Solutions

Upward Home Solutions has been helping homeowners since 2005. We have bought hundreds of houses in Columbus, OH. If you want to sell my house fast, there’s no company with more experience and professionalism. UHS is Central Ohio’s #1 company for buying homes from people who are selling a house during the pandemic.

Maybe you have seen the “we buy houses” signs. That’s not us. Our business is built on relationships. Our best source of houses comes from referrals.

You can read reviews from happy clients.

Selling a house during the pandemic is safest with Upward Home Solutions. So if you’re wondering, How can I sell my house online? we’re here to help.

We specialize in difficult situations. Realtors are wonderful, but they aren’t right for everyone. When selling a house during the pandemic, selling to cash buyers like Upward Home Solutions may be your best option.

My situation is unique

We work with homeowners in unique situations everyday. Tim S is amazing when with working with families or couples who disagree on what should be done with the home.

UHS buys inherited houses that are in probate. We can help with the transition to senior care or a nursing home.

If you owe taxes or have liens, we can help. If your house is messy, you can take what you want and leave the rest. You can sell my house as is fast.

Upward Home Solutions can make selling a house during the pandemic less stressful, emotionally, and financially.

Find A House, Get $$: Our Referral Program

Find A House, Get $$: Our Referral Program

We pay you for each and every referral that leads to a sale.

Upward Home Solutions is looking for people who want to partner with us in our mission to revitalize neighborhoods, one house at a time.

Know of a house in need of a fix-up? You don’t have to own it and it’s easy to submit a lead. Click here to get started.

Columbus’ Own Fixer Upper Couple

Have you ever wondered where the Fixer Upper power couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, find the houses for their business? They have a network of people who are constantly searching for their next flip. Of all those homes, they then choose one that has good bones, lots of potential, and a fair asking price.

The Owners, Tim and Katie

Tim and Katie are the fixer-upper power-couple in Central Ohio, and they’re looking for their next renovation. But they need help.

our referral program is the best
Tim and Katie

Do You Know A House That Fits These Descriptions?

**Do you know of a vacant house in your neighborhood? The windows are always dark, no one shovels the sidewalk in the winter or mows the grass in the summer. You don’t remember how long it’s been since you’ve seen a car in the driveway.

**Maybe you have an uncle who is retired. He lives alone and hasn’t done much to the house since he bought it 30 years ago. There is wallpaper in the hall and a pink sink in the bathroom. Your uncle has been talking about how nice it would be to buy a condo in Florida and be a beach bum, but something is holding him back.

**Or perhaps you have a good friend who owns a rental house. At girl’s night out, she was talking again about how freakin’ hard it is to find a good tenant. Her husband hates spending weekends doing handyman jobs at the property and it’s stressing them both out. They like the income, but there’s just too much going on right now to handle it all.

We want to hear from you!

Upward Home Solutions has services to fit every need.

We buy houses as-is so people don’t have to fix them up. Even better, they can take the stuff they want and leave the rest.

Our company uses technology to help people who have mobility issues or live out of state. We recently bought a house from a man who lives in the Caribbean. He did not have to travel back to Ohio for the closing, saving him time and money. Moreover, our title agency will come to you, even if that means driving to meet you at a nursing home.

We recently had one elderly couple who were ready to move on to the next stage in their lives. We were thrilled to be able to offer a win-win solution, and check out the amazing transformation we put their house through!

And many of these amazing properties come to us from our network of friends, Realtors, and through social media.

How It Works

1. Send Us The Info

You give us as much info as you know about the house. At a minimum, we need a property address. If you know the name, phone number, and/or email address for the owner, that’s even better. But don’t worry if you don’t have the owner’s contact information. We can figure that out.

Email information to

Call us at 614-705-8066

Submit the information on this form.

Be sure to include your contact information because we will tag the lead with your name. That’s how we know who to pay!

2. We will take it from there.

We’ll contact the homeowner. If the homeowner is interested in selling, we will set up an appointment to visit the house and make an offer.

3. If they accept the offer, Upward Home Solutions will give you $100.

You get your choice of a Cameron Mitchell gift card, an Amazon gift card, or cash. We will get in touch with you and ask you how you would like to receive your gift.

It’s that easy! One email or phone call is all it takes to get the process started.

cash for your referral

Check out our Referral Program FAQ or give us a call if you have any further questions!