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Selling Land in Texas on Your Own – 3 Things You Need

Selling vacant land in Texas without a real estate agent can be relatively quick and easy.

Here are the 3 Things You’ll Need to Sell Your Texas Land on Your Own…

  1. A Purchase and Sale Agreement
  2. A Title Company
  3. Clear Title

You’ll first need a contract between you (the seller) and a buyer. This is called a Purchase and Sale Agreement.

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1. A Purchase and Sale Agreement

A Purchase and Sale Agreement is contract between you and the person or company that is buying your Texas land.

You can write the contract yourself. They don’t need to be very complicated.

Or, you can opt to use the Texas Real Estate Commission’s ‘Unimproved Property Contract.’

At it’s most basic form – a Purchase and Sale Agreement is like a “order form” for your Title Company. The contract will tell the Title Company…

  • What property is being sold
  • Who is selling it
  • Who is buying it
  • How much the buyer is paying for it
  • When the sale should be completed

As long as you have that basic information within your Purchase and Sale Agreement your Title Company will be able to prepare the ‘real’ legal documents to sell your Texas land.

2. A Title Company

The next thing you’ll need to sell your Texas land is a Title Company. Technically, you don’t have to hire a Title Company to handle the sale of your property but it is strongly recommended.

A Title Company will…

  • Prepare all the legal documents for the sale of your land
  • Ensure that the property is properly and legally transferred to the buyer
  • Collect the buyer’s money on your behalf
  • Ensure that you get the proceeds from the sale of your Texas land
  • Act as a ‘middleman’ between you and the buyer

A Title Company will charge $800 – $1,800 or so depending on the complexity of the transaction.

Unlike other states, Texas allows licensed Title Company’s to handle real estate transactions.

In some states, real estate transactions have to be overseen by an attorney who tend to be more expensive than Title Companies.

a Texas Title Company

3. “Clear” Title

The term “clear title” is real estate lingo that means: “yes, the seller owns the property free and clear and can legally sell the property.”

It’s the Title Company’s job to determine if you have clear title to your Texas land.

Here are some common situations where a seller would not have clear title…

  • The land was inherited
  • One of the owners has passed
  • One or both of the owners is divorced
  • The Texas land does not have an easement or access
  • The land was improperly subdivided
  • The property was placed in our out of a trust
  • The property has been in the family for generations

The Title Company will research the property’s ownership history and look for a ‘clear’ transfer of ownership to you.

If the Title Company finds an issue with your property’s title then you may have to complete a few extra steps to ‘clear up’ title.

Most title issues are due to the property being passed down through family members. The good news is that Texas has relatively lax inheritance laws.

For instance, probate does not need to be performed for estates valuing less than $75,000. Read more about Texas inheritance laws here.

Selling Land in Texas the Fast and Easy Way

Some folks just want to sell their Texas land fast and without the hassle of writing up contracts, hiring Title Companies or perhaps don’t have clear title.

That’s where Texas land buying companies like ours can help!

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