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Nadia Fergus…, Home Buyer in Boca Raton, FL

I am looking for a house in parkland, fl. I just came across a house with a lis pendens (mortgage) on

Asked by Nadia Ferguson, Boca Raton, FL Sat Jun 21, 2008

realtytrac. The house is not listed with a real estate agent.

I wanted to know the steps I need to take to be able to view the home or make an offer. For example, is it best to go to the court and get the owner information and contact him directly or should i call the bank that owns the mortgage?

I have contacted a broker, but would also like some other opinions, maybe from ohers who have been through the process. I would appreciate any help.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 27, 2009
Hi Nadia,
Hopefully the broker offered you good advice. In short there are several steps needed:
1. Contact the owner...could be simple as knocking on the door.
2. See if the owner is willing/able to sell you the property.
3. Find out if the owner has discussed a short sale with their bank....If so what was the outcome. Did they have a realtor/attorney with short sale experience helping them. Are they willing or able to go thru the short sale process etc.
4. Look at the property & see if you even like it.
5. If so, analyze their current mortgage debt & see what you are willing to pay has a comparable ratio to what the bank may be willing to accept.
6. Contact the lenders and chances are there is more than one (you'd really need help with this part...experience is key)
7. Be prepared to follow up regularly & wait...some short sales are taking 3-4 months. Sometimes the moon & stars align & you can get a quick answer but generally....be prepared to wait. And in the mean time you could be missing other properties (very true!!!)

So, that is the mini version of the basic steps you'd need to complete. If you are not working with a realtor, you need to be. Here is why. Many people think that they are going to get a beter deal without using a realtor but for the most part, a GOOD realtor can actually save you money & time, not ot mention that they can help you determine the best home for your needs by pointing out pros & cons of different properties. They can also gather info that you can't to help you determine the best price, help you thru the negotiation process, make sure the property is inspected by a reputable co. etc.

You need to know that there are many GOOD realtors out there that can help you thru this process with the knowledge and experience to find the best home for you...and it may not be the one you saw on realtytrac.

I recently had clients that found homes on realtytrac too but we ended up finding them a foreclosure that was almost new, huge, in a beautiful community & better than anything they thought they could afford.

Get help! You'll be glad you did! Good luck!
I work from 595 to Wellington areas. I'd be happy to speak to you about your needs and concerns any time. Call or email me below.

Kindest regards,
Linda Strickland
LindaSellsRE@bellsouth.net
954-931-2506
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 22, 2008
Nadia, I specialize in short sales and would be glad to offer my assistance should you need representation from a Realtor knowledgeable in pre foreclosures and short sales
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 21, 2008
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