Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions from sellers like you. If you don’t see your question here, just call us at (708) 608-0420 or fill out our contact form. We’re happy to help with any questions you may have!

1. What distinguishes A Team Real Estate Solutions from selling my house through a real estate agent?

A real estate agent facilitates the sale of your house through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), a marketing tool to reach numerous potential buyers. This process often involves multiple walkthroughs over weeks or months until a suitable buyer is found. You are responsible for covering title fees, closing costs, and the agent’s commission upon the sale.

As investors, we offer immediate cash for your house or locate other cash buyers. We reintroduce the property to the market following renovations, securing a profit. This transaction model allows us to cover inspection and closing costs, abstain from charging commissions, and provide cash to you. By bypassing agents and associated costs, we streamline the sales process for a quicker, less burdensome experience.

2. What assurances do I have that this is my best choice?

Selling a house through an agent can be lengthy, requiring inspections, repairs, and constant home showings. The initial asking price often fluctuates as repair and other costs negotiated between you and the buyer are factored in.

In contrast, we evaluate your circumstances and assume all future selling expenses, enabling us to offer you a fair price and expedite the sale promptly.

Even if your house is pristine, a quick sale remains attractive. Following our property assessment, we guide you on whether listing with an agent suits your needs better.

3. Who are you?

My name is Donnie Trainor, and I’m the co-founder and Business Manager of A Team Real Estate Solutions. I’ve always had a love for real estate, family-owned businesses, and helping out others.  I grew up in Northeast Wisconsin near the Menominee Indian Reservation, where my parents owned and operated our family-owned logging business. 

We recognize that each homeowner’s situation is unique and that selling a house is a significant decision. Collaborating with our investor partners, we strive to formulate the most advantageous solution and offer for you.

My team and I provide candid assessments of your property and offer guidance if our solution does not best suit your needs. You are under no obligation to engage our services if you determine they are not suitable, and we do not purchase every property offered to us.

For more information about who we are, please visit Our Company page. We take pride in our reputation for trustworthiness, clear communication, and extensive expertise.

4. How does it work?

We streamline the process by eliminating intermediaries such as realtors, lenders, appraisers, and inspectors, offering cash for properties including houses, condos, apartments, or land, regardless of condition or location, swiftly and hassle-free. It’s that straightforward.

Initially, we conduct a comprehensive market analysis (CMA) of your property to determine its value once renovated to current HGTV standards. Following this, we perform an on-site assessment to evaluate necessary repairs and associated costs for purchasing and selling your home.

To sustain our operations, we also factor in a reasonable profit margin. Our approach prioritizes serving many clients with modest margins rather than a few with substantial profits that could disadvantage the owner. Transparency is integral to our ethos, and we provide a detailed breakdown so you can make an informed decision.

Choosing our service means avoiding expenses, the inconvenience of showings and open houses, multiple inspections, and prolonged listings typically associated with using an agent. For further information on securing an all-cash, as-is transaction, visit our How it Works page or feel free to contact us at (708) 608-0420. Even if purchasing your house isn’t the optimal solution, we’re committed to helping you sell it.

5. Why should I choose your company?

We pride ourselves on offering trust and transparency as core qualities. We meticulously break down every financial aspect using straightforward calculations, ensuring you understand precisely how and why we determine the offer price and projected profit margin. Rest assured, we aim to provide you with the highest possible payment.

In addition to financial clarity, we assess the time and cost savings associated with selling your home to us. With a commitment to honesty and fairness, we have built a strong reputation throughout Illinois state.

While we prefer actions over words, we are recognized as Illinois leading cash home buyers. Our approach emphasizes integrity, respect, and expertise in regional cash home purchases. We prioritize your timeline, concerns, and terms, striving to present an offer that exceeds your expectations.

Whether you reside in ChicagoOak LawnJoliet, or anywhere else in Illinois, our extensive network of investors and partners ensures a streamlined process to facilitate your next adventure.

6. What happens to my house after you purchase it?

After acquiring your home, we refurbish it by addressing any essential repairs and renovations to elevate the property to HGTV standards. Subsequently, we collaborate with a real estate agent to list and sell the house, covering all associated expenses, including repairs, closing costs, fees, and commissions. Finally, we derive a modest profit that sustains our ability to facilitate hassle-free home sales for other clients. We take pride in enhancing community and economic value by improving neighborhood aesthetics and desirability across the state.

7. How many properties do you typically purchase?

We purchase multiple properties to ensure we can provide the best possible price. By operating on smaller profit margins and working with numerous clients, our cumulative efforts benefit everyone involved, allowing us to assist more individuals and enhance the communities we serve. In cases where we may not purchase your property directly, one of our investment partners specializing in house flipping might. Additionally, we collaborate with local, reputable attorneys during the closing process to ensure a smooth and efficient selling experience for you.

8. What factors determine the price you offer for my house?

To determine the price we offer for your house, we assess its After Repair Value (ARV)—the estimated market value once necessary repairs and improvements are completed. Our specialists conduct an on-site evaluation to calculate these renovation costs.

In addition to repair expenses, we factor in selling costs. While selling directly to us bypasses the need for an agent, we incur listing fees, holding costs, closing expenses, taxes, and a commission, typically totaling around 10% of the ARV.

We then deduct repair, refurbishment, and selling costs from the ARV and include our minimal profit margin to arrive at a fair offer. This amount often closely aligns with the net proceeds from a traditional sale, minus the out-of-pocket expenses associated with using an agent. However, selling to us ensures a quicker cash transaction without the complexities of agent-led listings, which can sometimes linger for months before finding a suitable buyer.

9. Can I expect a fair price for my property?

Our commitment to our reputation and integrity ensures we always offer a fair price. We use transparent calculations to break down each step, allowing you to understand how we arrive at our offer. This includes starting with the market value, accounting for necessary repairs and renovations post-purchase, subtracting these costs and selling expenses, and adding a modest commission. We offer you The resulting balance in cash for your house.

10. Is it necessary to clean my house before you purchase it?

You don’t need to clean or repair any part of your house. Just leave it as-is, and we’ll handle everything after purchasing it. This convenience is one of the benefits our clients appreciate when selling to us.

11. Will you consider purchasing my house if it is in poor condition?

Yes, absolutely! House flipping is integral to our business model. We anticipate making necessary repairs and enhancements to increase the property’s market value after purchase. By selling to us, you avoid the hassle of handling these tasks yourself and typically achieve a comparable selling price without prolonged complications. Our standard closing timeframe is approximately one month, though transactions can sometimes be completed in as little as two to three weeks. Our goal is to simplify the process of selling your house.

12. Would listing my house with an agent on MLS be a more straightforward option?

While there are situations where listing with an agent may be advantageous, using an agent and listing on multiple platforms can be lengthy and cumbersome. Managing continuous home showings for potential buyers, coordinating with appraisers and inspectors, and potentially funding repairs to meet desired pricing can add significant time and expense.

13. Do you list houses on the MLS?

No, we do not list our clients’ houses on the MLS. We operate as direct buyers, not agents facilitating buyer searches for your property. With your input, we determine the optimal offer and present it to you. We manage the entire process from beginning to end. Upon purchasing your home, we handle necessary repairs and sell it for a profit. Meanwhile, you receive cash promptly. We provide detailed calculations to illustrate how we arrive at our offer, ensuring your confidence and satisfaction with the outcome.

14. Should I just list my house with a real estate agent?

Depending on your timeline and the necessary work and repairs your property requires, listing your house with a real estate agent can be a viable option. However, the traditional route can often be a frustrating and stressful process. Before securing a buyer, showings, inspections, and negotiations can take weeks to months. Additionally, there is always the risk that the buyer’s financing might fall through, leaving you back at square one. If you need to sell quickly, avoid these hassles, and receive cash promptly, A Team Real Estate Solutions offers a reliable alternative.

15. How can I quickly sell my house for cash?

If you search this question for the state of Illinois, you will find us on the first page. Buying homes quickly for cash is our specialty. We gather information about your property and its location to determine its highest market value. Next, we conduct a walkthrough to assess any necessary repairs and refurbishments. After calculating the repair and selling costs, we subtract them from the market value and add our modest share. We then present you with an offer that we believe will be very appealing. The process can be completed in as little as 21 days, allowing you to have cash in hand without the long wait and headaches associated with finding an agent and listing your house.

16. Are there any fees or commissions if I work with you?

You will not incur fees or commissions when working with us, as we are not realtors. We handle the fees and commissions when we resell the house after purchasing it from you. Our process for offering a price for your home involves three straightforward steps: determining its market value, assessing repairs, rehabilitation, and selling costs, and then adding our profit. Once you approve our offer, we select a closing date and sign the necessary paperwork with a reputable local attorney. This allows you to sell your house quickly and receive cash without hassle.

17. Am I obligated to do business with you after I fill out the form?

Once you have completed the form, you are NOT obligated to proceed with us. Even if we begin the process and you later decide it’s not suitable for you, you can walk away without any cost. While we are confident that you will appreciate our service, we understand if you choose a different option. Our compensation is derived solely from the profit generated after purchasing and reselling your house on the market. We are here to assist you in finding the solution that best fits your needs.

Maybe you have some questions, and that’s perfectly normal; many people do. Here is a brief compilation of commonly asked questions and our responses. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to contact us (or give us a call). We are here to provide you with the information you need.

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