Selling a Concrete (PRC) House
If you’re considering selling your concrete built house, you might be limited to an audience of cash buyers. If so, auction will probably be your best option, to achieve the best price through transparent and competitive bidding.
Many of the concrete houses that exist in the UK were built to cater for the sudden surge in demand for housing after the second world war. The most common type, pre-cast reinforce concrete, was easy to assemble and relatively affordable. The pre-made concrete walls were made off-site in a factory (pre-fabricated) and far quicker to assemble compared to building brick walls. Years later, it was discovered that the steel rods that reinforced the concrete walls were prone to rusting, which reduced the strength and integrity of construction. As you can imagine, any buyer will be extra cautious if they know about this; to prospective buyers and mortgage lenders the risks are sometimes too much to consider pursuing a purchase.
Mortgage companies want to be sure of getting their money back. With a traditionally built house, there is historical evidence that the material used in the construction stands the test of time, so mortgage companies know that ten or twenty years after purchase, if there is a need to resell the property before the mortgage is fully repaid the house if very likely to be structurally sound. So a surveyor will give the property the all clear for mortgage lending. However, that may not be the case for non-standard construction properties, including PRC (pre-cast reinforced concrete) houses. Degradation of the concrete panels and rusting of the steel reinforcement are major concerns for mortgage lenders.
There are broadly 2 options to consider when selling a PRC house. (1) Paying to carry out work to the property; that will usually involve removing the concrete panels and converting the property to a traditional brick construction. As long as the work has been carried out properly, a specialist surveyor will then be able to provide a PRC certificate, which will usually open the door to some mortgage companies being prepared to lend. (2) Alternatively, avoid the need to involve a mortgage company by selling to a cash buyer.
Converting a PRC house to brick construction is no small task and takes a minimum of 8 weeks to complete, during that time the property will not be in a state to be lived in. Sometimes the work will take longer, for example if additional work needs to be carried out to improve the foundations of the property. Don’t underestimate the work involved; having new outer walls will mean having to completely redecorate and might mean you have to buy and install new windows.
In most cases, converting a concrete construction house to standard construction is only undertaken if the owner wants to continue to live at the property. The majority of sales for concrete construction properties are made to cash buyers. Selling a house to a cash buyer is quick because there are no mortgage lender involved, although you should expect to sell at a discount of at least 10% when selling to a cash buyer, regardless of the property’s type of construction.
If you’ve decided to sell your concrete built house to a cash buyer, you might like to consider an auction sale. The problem with selling a concrete house (or any property requiring a cash buyer) is that you are often dealing with the trade end of the market – builders, developers and investors. So an estate agency sale can be inefficient for the seller because the buyer has the opportunity to knock down the price, stage by stage. Cash buyers, especially those in the trade often start off with a high offer, then reduce it after a survey, or after a builder has inspected the property. Negotiations can often go on for many months and the property usually ends up being sold well below market value.
Selling a concrete house to a cash buyer at auction is far simpler. Prospective buyers have to compete against each other, the price can only increase and exchange of contracts takes place on auction day – so sold means sold, not sold subject to contract.
Please contact us for more information about selling your concrete construction property at auction.
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