Short sales are exactly the opposite of what their name says. They do not take aâ€œshortâ€ amount of time to completeâ€¦ they take quite a long time. In fact, no two short sales are alike because banks handle them each differently and there are no set of rules for banks to follow.
A short sale begins when the owner needs to sell the property and the property is valued at less than what is owed to the bank. And the owner does not have the money to pay the difference to the bank of the propertyâ€™s value (purchase price) from the actual amount owed to the bank. Sometimes the difference can be as little as 10K or more than 100K. In a short sale, the owner is asking the bank to sell the home â€œshortâ€â€¦. Short of the cash needed to pay off the loan. And asking the bank to forgive the remaining balance of the loan. The bank can either accept or reject this request.
It starts with a hardship of some sort. The loss of a job, a family illness, even a job transfer. The owner needs to sell the home but the home is worth less than what is owed. And the owner would have to bring money to the closing table to make it a â€œnormalâ€ sale. Money the owner does not have. So the owner starts out by listing the home with an agent and the agent knows in advance that it will be a short sale. The home begins at the market price. If it doesnâ€™t sell, the price is lowered. It continues to be lowered because the owner needs to sell because he canâ€™t afford the mortgage or he is leaving the area. And because the owner doesn't make one penny from the sale of the home, he doesn't care what offer he accepts. He just wants out. So the price of the home is lowered until an offer is received. Now hereâ€™s the tough part for some buyers to understand. Although the bank has to approve the sale and approve the priceâ€¦the bank had absolutely no input in the setting of the price. The bank doesnâ€™t even know the house is on sale until the owner presents an offer. Most of the time, the offer is very much below what is owed on the property. And sometimes it is too low for the bank to even consider. Yes.. even though the buyer offers the list price of the home, it is often too low for the bank to consider.
Because everyoneâ€™s home is worth less today than 3-4-5-6-7 years ago, the bank is very busy with these types of requests. Sometimes the bank can take 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, and even 9 months to answer the buyer. In the end, the anser is sometimes a yes and sometimes itâ€™s a no. Thereâ€™s no way to rush the bank to answer. The bank is not a person. It's just a bunch of employees following guidelines and trying to keep their jobs.
So, as a buyer, you must decide if making an offer on a short sale is right for you. Once the owner accepts your offer, the paperwork is sent to the bank and months will pass without a response. If you have this extra time to wait, thatâ€™s fine. But if you want an immediate answer, a short sale is not for you. This is something only you can decide. There are some great prices on short sales out there. But whatâ€™s on the listing sheet is not necessarily the price at which you will be allowed to purchase the home. The bank could say noâ€¦ or make a counteroffer.
If you have more questions about short sales, please donâ€™t hesitate to ask. Over 60% of the homes on the market are short sales!!!
If you or anyone you know might be considering a short sale, you should discuss it with a real estate professional before making a decision. I've helped many people who thought they would have to sell their home get refinancing at a lower rate instead. Right now there are programs out there to allow refinancing even if the current value of the home is less than the current mortgage.
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