Breakups can get messy, and we’re not talking about the romantic kind. We mean the ones that involve you parting with your house. Before you move onto a more spacious place or new neighborhood, you’ve got to climb over a ton of hurdles, from interviewing potential agents to making any pressing repairs to staging the interior—and that’s all before entering negotiations with a potential buyer. All this tedious back-and-forth is what’s inspiring Zillow to put an end to drawn-out house breakups.
Starting now, the company will be making cash offers on homes in more than 20 cities across the U.S. to simplify real-estate transactions. All you have to do is put your address into Zestimate, the company’s proprietary home value estimation tool that’s been around since 2006, and then answer a short questionnaire about your space to see if it’s eligible. If it is approved, Zillow will stand by that number with an initial cash offer. In other words, you will receive all the money your house is supposedly valued at and get to bypass all those monotonous tasks like hosting open houses or virtual showings.
Another bonus: You get to choose the closing date. So if you’re in a time crunch or just can’t wait to get out of that bad relationship, you don’t have to stick around. Go ahead, rip off the Band-Aid.
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