Pros and Cons of a Cash Offer

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  • The Pros - #1 – You don’t pay interest on a home loan
  • #2 – Your cash offer is more likely to be accepted
  • #3 – A cash offer makes the process simpler
  • The Cons - #1 – It isn’t always easy to save enough money
  • #2 – You will spend all your savings

Many homeowners choose to purchase a house by putting in a cash offer. This is when they buy the home cash without having to take out a mortgage from the bank.

One of the benefits of a cash offer is the fact that you don’t have to commit to a 20-year loan. You have more financial freedom.

There are, however, a few things that you need to take into account before deciding on this route. Here are some of the pros and cons of making a cash offer:

The Pros 

#1 – You don’t pay interest on a home loan

As already stated, a cash offer eliminates the need for a mortgage. You don’t have to approach a bank to get the finances to buy a home.

This also means that you don’t have to pay the interest that comes with a home loan. You will only pay the cash price of the house and the transfer fees.

The interest on a home loan is very high and you can pay almost twice as much as the original price of the house in 25 years.

#2 – Your cash offer is more likely to be accepted

A cash offer usually means that the buying process happens a bit quicker. There isn’t a waiting period where you have to wait for confirmation from the bank.

This is often more appealing to the buyer, especially in a seller’s market. Cash offers often stand out from other offers.

If a seller accepts a cash offer, they will have the money on hand as soon as it is in their accounts.

It makes it easier for them to move to their new home and start over with a big financial injection.

#3 – A cash offer makes the process simpler

The process that follows cash offers is often more straightforward – specifically, there aren’t any lenders involved, the transfer and registration of the house will go quicker.

For this reason, sellers are more attracted to cash offers especially if they are desperate to sell. They might even accept a lower cash offer because they might need the cash.

It is also a more reliable way of financing a home because of the simplified process. A cash offer deal is less likely to fall through than a mortgage from a financial institution. 

The Cons

#1 – It isn’t always easy to save enough money

Homeowners often try to save up as much as they can for a deposit, but it is very unlikely for the average buyer to have enough cash to buy a house.

It is not a small amount of money and it could lead to serious budget cuts. This is not always possible for the average homeowner.

If you try to save as much as you can and still try to live your life, it could lead to severe stress on yourself and your family. 

#2 – You will spend all your savings

If you do end up saving enough money to buy a house, it might only be enough to purchase the house. You won’t have any other savings leftover.

If you encounter an emergency in the first month of your homeownership, you won’t have any capital to get through it.

Similarly, if you want to make upgrades, you’ll have to wait until your savings account has been built up again.

If you are thinking of making a cash offer, do so within your means and leave a bit of your savings behind in case you need it. 

A cash offer is a great way to avoid a 25-year commitment but it can also be risky. Make sure that you do enough research and budgeting before making the decision. 

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