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November 4, 2011

Short Sale Caveats for Realtors

Hi Folks,
   Welcome to your weekend !

   The "Wild West". This conjures up thoughts of lawless times and renegades going from town to town and old fashioned "Shoot-em ups". When using the terms "Wild West" to describe Short Sales, this should indicate that dangers abound, and everyone, including Realtors, must be wary.

   Sarah Stelmok writes on Truliablog.com that listing a short sale is a "little like venturing into the wild, wild west", and says that there's only "a little order, lots of imposters, and laws are broken without much penalty."

   Stelmok outlines 3 primary things agents should know about Short Sales in her story, titled, "3 Things Agents Should Know About Short Sales":

1. "Market Value Matters" - Short sales sell for market value, says Stelmok, and adds that a bank will "typically agree to a short sale if the numbers make sense".

2. "Only Real Hardships Get the Help" - "Strategic default is never a good idea", Stelmok says, and adds that banks actually analyze hardships that are reported by a seller, and ones that are acceptable are financial/economic issues, "medical issues, divorce, disability, significant loss of income, death, unemployment, and relocation."

3. "Laws are local" - Since there are currently no national short sale laws, Stelmok says that it's important to "know your state’s foreclosure laws",

   As Stelmok summarizes, "This type of transaction is constantly evolving; however there are a few things that remain the same, and that every agent needs to know when working with short sales."

   What's your experience with Short Sales? Do you have any tips from the trenches (or should I say, from the Wild West?)?

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Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
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TAGS: #shortsales #foreclosure #realtor #strategicdefault #marketvalue #agent #laws #hardship

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