Escaping the Crowds

Oscar S. and his wife wanted to get out of California fast, but first, he had to sell his house. With no luck achieving his goal on the MLS, Oscar turned to Sundae’s marketplace.

It’s one thing when you feel crowded in a line or at a concert, but when it comes to your home or neighborhood, persistent crowding can be too much. The latter feeling started creeping up on Oscar S. and his wife three years ago when they decided it was time to leave the congested streets of California and trade it for a small town with a big lot to spread out. They had made up their minds to leave, but the initial home-selling process held them back, delaying their move and the next chapter of their lives.

“I am a retired disabled veteran,” Oscar explained. “I was looking for a quick and easy way to sell. My wife and I had been meaning to move out of California for about three years before we made the call to you guys. Too many people in California, so we wanted to get as far off the grid as possible.”

So how could he get the best price for his home fast?

Finding a quicker, easier way to sell

Before reaching out to Sundae, Oscar tried selling his house through a traditional real estate agent using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). As time went on, the sale encountered delays and issues that caused major headaches. After Oscar learned that he wasn’t going to be able to sell for the price he wanted on the MLS, he began exploring other options, like iBuyers. He decided to forgo this option entirely because his property wasn’t turn-key, and so they would have most likely rejected his request.

That’s when Oscar was referred to Sundae through his agent. Oscar was curious to know more about Sundae’s process. One of Sundae’s licensed Market Experts came out to his property and walked him through how Sundae is different.

Unlike the traditional way of selling houses as-is, Sundae is the only marketplace that connects homeowners who are looking to sell their house as-is to one of the largest networks of qualified investors. Through the marketplace, investors place offers on your house to get you the highest price possible.

To Oscar, this almost sounded too good to be true. But after seeing no downside to listing his home on Sundae’s marketplace, Oscar decided to give Sundae a try. Steve prepared a Property Profile for Oscar’s house and advertised it on our marketplace, where he was ”pleasantly surprised with the offer.”

“We tried to go through a real estate agent, but couldn’t land on the price we wanted at the speed that we wanted to sell. We just wanted a quick sale, and knew that working with an investor would be the best way to get what we wanted out of the process.”

Living life off the grid

By this point in Oscar’s journey, he and his wife had already begun to find their next home in Idaho. Buying a home out of state can be challenging, but the motivation to get out of California quickly pushed Oscar and his family to take action and accept the no-obligation offer.

“Speed was an important factor for my wife and I, but more importantly having the ability to choose an offer from your marketplace is what really sold us on Sundae,” explains Oscar. “The only thing I cared about was the price. We were going to sell to whoever had the biggest, greenest offer for us.”

With his home in California now sold, Oscar and his wife could now focus on raising their family and beginning their new life in small-town Idaho. They had finally escaped the crowds.

“It was the smoothest transaction I’ve ever done, and I’ve done about 5 houses in my lifetime. I was somewhat baffled at how easy it was. I was waiting for more paperwork, but none ever came. Everything was extremely simple and easy.”

Selling with Sundae

When you sell on Sundae’s marketplace there’s no repairs, flexible closing, zero fees, no obligation to accept the offers, and the possibility of up to a $20,000 cash advance before closing.

For people like Oscar who need to sell their homes quickly and in as-is condition, there is a solution that doesn’t involve leaving money on the table. For too long, predatory off-market buyers have taken advantage of people who don’t have an advocate on their side. That’s why we started Sundae; to help homeowners get the best outcome when it’s time to sell their homes.

Want to hear from other customers like Oscar who sold their house on Sundae’s marketplace? Check out our Customer Stories.

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Kyle Spearin

Kyle is Sundae's Real Estate Editor. As both an investor and content marketing professional, Kyle combines his passion for real estate investing and educational background with his love of helping others. His experience with real estate tech companies, including contributing to BiggerPockets Pro, gives him insight into markets across the United States.