As a city in the United States, Houston residents are faced with similar problems to other residents up and down the country and these problems can often include a shortage of money. This means that many Houston residents find themselves having to say ‘ sell my Houston house for cash and sell it as fast as possible’. In these situations and in others, it is often through necessity that those house owners will turn to property buyers to help them out. A property buyer will buy houses and other properties but they are not usually approached by home owners because in general, they will pay less for a property than what the property owner could expect to make selling it through a realtor. However, selling through a realtor can take time, perhaps weeks or even months and sometimes a property owner cannot afford to wait that long to receive the cash value of the property. In these instances, as a property buyer can complete a sale in just days instead of weeks, a property owner may approach them and accept less for the property. This type of transaction allows a property owner to get access to the cash they need, when they need it and it also allows the property buyer to make a profit on the properties resale. Another reason why a property owner may seek to sell their property directly to a property buyer for less than they could get going through a realtor; is if the property is in need of some serious repairs. In these cases a realtor may well request that the repairs are made prior to them placing the property on the market. Repairs to properties can though cost money, money the property owner may not have access to, plus they are inconvenient and could take time. A property buyer on the other hand, may accept the property in the condition that it is in, either making the repairs themselves or selling it ‘as is’ to someone that is prepared to make the repairs. Properties that have tenants in them may also be bought by property buyers as most realtors would want any tenants to be removed before they will handle a sale. As removing tenants can be difficult or take time at least, the owner of a property that has tenants may look to a property buyer to purchase the property with the tenants still in place. A property buyer may well do this providing there is nothing in any of the tenant agreements to dissuade them. If a property has been inherited and the person who inherited the property is not particular about keeping it, they may want to acquire extra cash through selling it quickly and as it was not their money invested in the property, they will often accept the lower amount that a property buyer will offer them for a quick sale. Although property buyers do pay less, whilst we are experiencing these hard times, they will be offered many properties directly by the owners.