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August 5, 2011

Short Sale Requirements For Sellers and Buyers

Hi Folks,

   My apologies for the late post, but I am recovering from a week filled with Strep throat and a high-fever. Thankfully, I have done a sizable amount of my homework upfront, and was able to get this out to you as quickly as humanly possible.

   A comprehensive discussion on the topic of short sales must straddle both sides of the transaction - both sellers and buyers. Today, we will look at some requirements of both sides of Short Sales.

   In a recent article by Greta Guest for the Detroit Free Press titled, "Shortsales, longwaits: Buyers and sellers find process frustrating", Guest says that what you need to qualify in terms of paperwork and forms can "vary by lender".

   The three things Guest says that a homeowner would need to qualify for a short sale (according to the Certified Distressed Property Expert website) are:

* To show Financial hardship: Prove that "there is a situation causing you to have trouble affording your mortgage."
* To show Monthly income shortfall: Prove to a lender that "you cannot afford, or soon will not be able to afford your mortgage."
* To show Insolvency: "The lender will want to see that you do not have significant liquid assets that would allow you to pay down your mortgage."

   Now, let's discuss what needs to be done for those buying a short-sale.

   Jan Green, a Realtor with RE/MAX Excalibur in Scottsdale, AZ, who has processed short sales both on the listing side and purchase side, says that she counsels the buyers about short sales first, and says, "make sure they are pre-qualified; and what their time frame for closing is; do they have a house to sell?".

   Joseph Lam, a Real Estate Broker and a short sale listing specialist with Keller Williams Realty in San Jose, CA, who has been guiding sellers and buyers to get the transaction thru (approved) by the short sale lender, says that "Like any buyer in today's market, the buyer needs to get pre-approved for a home loan first." Lam names one of the requirements as verification of the buyer's downpayment (bank statement, etc.).

   Robyn Love, an agent and an investor with IRCA, who has done short sales on her own and with another negotiation service, also concurs that the "Buyers need to have been qualified from a bank" along with a downpayment. Green, Lam, and Love all add that patience is golden. These deals can take time !

   On the patience factor, Love says that Short sales, "especially when first listed, take several months to be approved.", and when an offer comes, the bank, "may or may not take their offer if it is too low." Love also adds that sometimes "if the foreclosure is months away, the bank won't move fast.", but, "If it's around the corner, the approval is faster."

   Some tips for Buying a Short Sale:

   Love says that usually, the bank is looking to minimize their loss, so a "low ball offer with no low comps or repairs will most likely be rejected.". She also says that pictures of repairs and low comps "help the bank make a decision".

   Green advises that when purchasing a short sale, to "garner all information as to the likelihood of a short sale closing before even putting" a buyer in her car.

   Additionally, Green says that she also interviews the listing agent before showing a short sale, and she asks, "if he/she has collected financial data, hardship letter, has seller consulted an attorney and CPA, does the seller have a true hardship (they might just be "trying" a short sale). "...what is the listing agent's experience in short sales."

   In Summary, short sales are wild-cards for now, until real legislation actually sticks..and yes, "HAFA" (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives), we are talking about you !!

   Comments? Questions? Venting? (Venting allowed within respectable limits)

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Have a Great Weekend, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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TAGS: #ShortSale #foreclosure #HAFA #hardship #insolvency #homeowner #prequalified #downpayment #comps

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