The Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Portland Home Fast

Part of the Fast Home Selling University educational series

An expert guide on the best ways to quickly sell your Portland home, with examples, tips, and insider advice from Dustin McGuirk and Lauren Plant.


This lesson explains the process of selling a Portland home through the story of a home seller named Jessica. With a focus on selling a home in Portland quickly, without the hassle of renovations or time-consuming sales strategies, we’ll explore efficient paths to a successful transaction.

Whether you are balancing a busy schedule, living far from the property you’re selling, relocating for work, or facing financial hardship, this lesson will summarize your most direct options for quickly selling your home in Portland’s complex market.

Jessica, living in North Portland, found herself unexpectedly inheriting a charming but worn-down house in Southwest Portland. Between her demanding job and taking care of her children, the thought of preparing the house for sale was overwhelming. She wanted a quick and simple solution that didn’t involve weekends spent on repairs or deciphering the complexities of the real estate market.

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Private Real Estate Investors: Fastest and Least Expensive Method

For Jessica, looking to quickly sell her inherited Portland home without the hassle of repairs or navigating the complexities of the traditional real estate market, turning to real estate investors could be the smartest move. Private investors are sometimes known as “cash buyers” because they already have the funds available to purchase your home immediately (depositing the cash into your bank account), avoiding the lengthy financing process of traditional home sales.

Ibuyhaus is an example of a fast cash home buyer. ibuyhaus is a top-rated home buying company in Oregon and Washington, recognized for helping homeowners sell their houses fast for cash. They provide quick cash offers on their Portland fast home sales page, and can fully purchase a home in as little as seven days.

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I’m grateful to have helped so many people like Jessica sell their homes quickly and without adding more stress to their busy lives. The ibuyhaus mission has always been about giving trusted help to people in need, and treating them with respect and dignity.

Dustin McGuirk
President and Founder of ibuyhaus

This method is straightforward and fast, appealing to those in Jessica’s shoes who prefer a hassle-free transaction. Real estate investors are interested in buying properties “as-is,” meaning Jessica won’t need to spend time or money on renovations or repairs. The beauty of this approach lies in its simplicity and speed; offers can be made swiftly, often within a day or two of initial contact, and closing can happen in as little as a week.

If Jessica’s home is valued at around $600,000 in the open market, she should be prepared for somewhat lower offers from investors. This lower price is the “cost” Jessica pays for selling very quickly, for not needing to invest several thousand dollars in repairs and renovations, and for having the entire process managed for her.

She might receive an offer of around $450,000 because the investor must factor in the costs they will incur for repairs, marketing, and eventual resale. While these numbers are lower than her home’s potential market value, they come with the benefit of bypassing real estate agent commissions, which could otherwise consume 5-6% of her sale price, translating to $30,000 to $36,000 on a $600,000 property. Moreover, this route spares Jessica the expense and effort of any renovations or repairs her home might need, offering a clear and quick path to home sale.

For someone in Jessica’s position, the key to success with real estate investors is due diligence. She should research the reviews of reputable investors and request a cash offer for her Portland home early in the process so she knows her options.

Home Sale Auctions: Fast but Risky

If Jessica is comfortable with risk, she might consider selling through an auction. This method offers the potential for a quick sale in a competitive bidding environment. At an auction, Jessica’s house would be presented to multiple interested buyers simultaneously, which could drive up the final sale price, especially if her home catches the eye of several eager bidders.

The pros of an auction include the possibility of selling the home quickly, often within a few weeks, and the chance to sell as-is, reducing the need for costly repairs or renovations. However, there are cons to consider as well. The auction process can be unpredictable – there’s no guarantee the home will sell for a desired price, and sometimes, it might sell for far less than market value if there’s limited interest. Additionally, auction fees and commissions can vary, and Jessica would need to factor these into her calculations.

For a home valued at $600,000, Jessica should prepare for the auction house’s commission, which could range from 5% to 10% of the sale price. If her home sells at auction for close to its market value, say $580,000, after a 5% commission ($29,000), she’d net around $551,000 before any other closing costs. However, auctions can be unpredictable, and final sale prices can vary widely.

Real Estate Agents: The Traditional Method

If Jessica has a few months to prepare for the sale, she might lean towards hiring a real estate agent. This method offers professional guidance and market exposure, generally leading to a higher sale price but slower closing time.

Choosing a real estate agent like Lauren Plant, who partners with ibuyhaus, gives Jessica deep local market knowledge and expert negotiation skills. Lauren would start by evaluating Jessica’s home, suggesting minor repairs or staging tips, and listing it on the market to attract a wide pool of potential buyers.

Portland Home Selling Agent Lauren Plant

“Working with Dustin and the ibuyhaus team is very exciting because by combining our talents and networks, we give home sellers the absolute best of both worlds. I’m proud to know that no matter what situation a seller has, we can create a deal that meets their unique needs.”

Lauren Plant
Portland real estate broker

The pros of this method include the agent’s expertise in marketing and negotiations, which can help Jessica achieve a higher sale price. The cons include paying commission fees, typically around 5-6% of the sale price, and potentially a longer timeline to close the sale.

For a house valued at $600,000, Jessica would need to consider commission fees of $30,000-$36,000. Yet, with the right strategy and market conditions, Lauren could help sell the house at or above its market value.

Jessica might also need to invest in property repairs and renovations to modernize her home. On a $600,000 home, this could cost $100,000 and take several months to complete. However, costs could be far less if the home is already in excellent condition.

ibuyhaus offers a unique proposition. Jessica can request a fast cash offer from ibuyhaus, and if the offer doesn’t meet her expectations, she can work with Lauren Plant to sell her home on the open market. This flexibility allows Jessica to explore a quick sale option while still having the option of a traditional sale route.

For Sale By Owner: Slow but Challenging

If Jessica is very “do-it-yourself,” has experience in property marketing, and has a timeframe of several months, she might consider the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) route. This method empowers her to manage the sale directly, potentially saving on commission fees.

The FSBO method offers several pros, including the potential for Jessica to save on the typical 5-6% commission fees. Additionally, Jessica has the flexibility to set her own schedule for showings and open houses, tailor her marketing strategy, and directly negotiate with buyers.

However, the cons of FSBO include the need for Jessica to handle all aspects of the sale herself, which can be daunting without prior experience. There’s also the risk of pricing the home incorrectly without market insight, potentially leading to a longer time on the market or selling for less than its worth.

Regarding pricing, Jessica avoids agent commissions but should budget for marketing costs, potential staging expenses, and legal fees. Assuming she effectively markets her home and negotiates well, Jessica could sell close to her asking price, keeping a larger portion of the sale proceeds.

Home Trade-In: Interesting but Uncertain

If Jessica is interested in a less conventional method, she might consider a trade-in program. These programs allow her to sell her current house directly to a company and use the proceeds toward buying a new one. The trade-off includes receiving a below-market offer for her home since the company needs to profit from a future sale, and there are typically service fees.

A drawback is the very limited choice of available homes to buy through these programs, which are restricted to those managed or owned by the trade-in company or within their network. This significantly narrows Jessica’s choices for her new home.

Overall, trade-in might not be the best choice for Jessica, primarily because she wants to sell her inherited house quickly for cash, since she already has her own house and does not wish to own another.

Hybrid Home Sales Model: Innovative and Flexible

The hybrid model offered by ibuyhaus provides a novel and flexible solution for Portland home sellers like Jessica. This model combines the speed of a cash offer with the potential for a higher sale price through the traditional real estate market.

Initially, Jessica can request a fast cash offer from ibuyhaus by filling out the offer form on the Portland fast cash offer page. This no-obligation offer provides an immediate exit strategy if speed and convenience are her priorities.

However, if the cash offer doesn’t meet her expectations, or if she decides to invest more time in selling her home, ibuyhaus will introduce her to Lauren Plant, a top-rated Portland real estate agent. Lauren will assist Jessica in listing her home on the open market to capitalize on its full value potential.

This hybrid approach is especially suitable for novice sellers navigating the Portland real estate landscape. It offers the immediacy of a cash deal for those under time pressure and a seamless transition to a conventional listing for sellers who might prefer to test the market for a higher sale price.

Opting for ibuyhaus’ hybrid model means embracing a strategy that combines the certainty and ease of a cash offer with the opportunity to achieve maximum market value through a traditional sale.

How to Decide the Best Way to Sell Your Portland Home

As this lesson illustrates, selling a home in Portland offers multiple paths, each suited to different needs and circumstances. This simple guide is designed to help you, a Portland home seller, navigate these options and choose the one that best aligns with your personal situation and requirements.

Step 1. Evaluate Your Priorities

Start by considering what’s most important to you:

  • Speed: Do you need to sell quickly due to a job relocation, financial need, or personal reasons?
  • Profit: Is maximizing the sale price your top priority, even if it takes longer?
  • Convenience: Are you looking for a hassle-free sale that doesn’t require repairs or preparation?

Step 2. Option Overview

Real Estate Investors (ibuyhaus)

  • Best for: Sellers needing to sell quickly at slightly low prices in exchange for speed, simplicity, and convenience.
  • Considerations: Offers will likely be below market value, but save thousands of dollars in repairs and renovations.

House Auction

  • Best for: Sellers looking for a fast sale and willing to take a risk on the final sale price.
  • Considerations: The sale price can be unpredictable, and auction fees will apply.

Real Estate Agent (ibuyhaus)

  • Best for: Sellers aiming to maximize their sale price and who are willing to invest time and money into the sale process.
  • Considerations: Commissions and potential home staging or repair costs apply.

For Sale By Owner (“FSBO”)

  • Best for: Sellers with real estate knowledge, time to manage the sale, and a desire to save on commission fees.
  • Considerations: Requires significant effort in marketing, negotiation, and legal compliance.

Trade-In Programs

  • Best for: Sellers buying another property and prioritizing convenience over maximum profit and choice.
  • Considerations: Limited to homes within the program’s network and often results in a below-market offer.

Hybrid Model (ibuyhaus)

  • Best for: Sellers who start with wanting a quick sale but are open to listing on the market for a higher price.
  • Considerations: Offers flexibility with an immediate cash offer option and the opportunity to switch to a traditional sale.

Step 3. Assess Your Situation

Reflect on your unique circumstances:

  • Financial Needs: Do immediate financial constraints make a quick cash offer more appealing?
  • Market Conditions: Is the local real estate market favoring sellers, potentially offering higher profits through a traditional sale?
  • Home Condition: Does your home require significant repairs, and are you willing or able to invest in them before selling?

Step 4. Make an Informed Decision

After considering your priorities and understanding each option’s nuances, choose the path that aligns with your goals:

  • Immediate Needs: Opt for real estate investors or the hybrid model for speed.
  • Maximizing Profit: A real estate agent like Lauren Plant, the ibuyhaus hybrid model, or FSBO might be your best bet if you’re aiming for the highest possible sale price and your home is in reasonable condition.
  • Balance and Flexibility: The hybrid model offers a unique blend of speed and the potential for a higher sale price, providing a flexible solution.

Step 5. Request Advice

Before making a final decision, it might be helpful to consult with a real estate professional or financial advisor. They can offer insights specific to your situation, helping you navigate the complexities of the Portland real estate market with confidence.

ibuyhaus has real estate experts that can provide you with trusted advice about selling your Portland property. To receive free consultation, you may either request an offer on your property, or contact ibuyhaus directly.

Closing Thoughts From Dustin McGuirk

To all the homeowners in Portland ready to embark on the journey of selling your home, remember that each step forward is a move towards your next, exciting chapter in life. Whether you’re seeking a quick sale or aiming for the best price, it’s my honor to be a helpful part of your adventure.

I hope you’ll approach your home sale with an open mind, and a positive attitude. The real estate market has changed dramatically over the past decade, and several innovative new ways of selling your home have gained popularity.

We buy houses in Portland and across Oregon and Washington because it’s the fastest and most reliable way to help sellers. Our expert team at ibuyhaus is always here to help when you’d like trusted expert advice.