If the appraisal is from the lien holders in consideration of approving the short sale, and the approval letter and/or agreement notice has not been received by the buyer, the negotiations can be continued. If you have a fully signed purchase contract including a short sale addendum and not the formal approval letters or agreement notice the lien holders could stipulate a price that would be acceptable to approve the short sale anywhere between the $300 and the $330.
In todayâ€™s Short Sale world the majority of Agents and Brokers use a Short Sale Addendum which clarifies the agreement notice as: If the Seller and Seller's creditors enter into a short sale agreement, the Seller shall immediately deliver notice to Buyer ("Agreement Notice").
Jacqueline Roersma, Broker, E-Pro, CDPE, CSSN, GRI, SFR and FiveStar Certified
Phantom Realty 623.580.1580 Ext 101
Is the appraisal your lenders ordered appraisal?
If so, no, you don't have to pay a difference.
That's the simple answer to your question.
North Phoenix and Scottsdale Area Specialist Realtor
As the buyer, you paid for the appraisal and it is your information. Great news for you! The value was higher than the agreed purchase price.
If the appraisal came in lower than the agreed purchase price and is part of a contigency in the purchase contract, it would be important information to share with the seller. At this point, you could cancel the purchase contract or negotiate a new purcahse price based on the appraisal.
Thanks for your question. In any residential purchase (Short Sale, Bank Owned Property, Traditional Sale, etc...) a Buyer is not required to pay the Seller the difference between the agreed upon purchase price and the current market value as indicated by a recent appraisal when the appraisal comes back above the purchase price. This is great news for the Buyer when this occurs because this means that the Buyer has positive equity in the home. This is particularly beneficial in today's uncertain and declining real estate market. This positive equity is considered a paper gain and is not actually realized until the home is sold. As a homeowner, we all hope that our homes will appreciate in value. This is afterall one of the financial benefits of home ownership.
In the event the appraisal comes back below the agreed upon purchase or sales price the Buyer's lender (If the property is being financed) will not authorize the sale. This finance contingency is discussed in the Purchase Contract you have signed. If this occurs there are several options for the Buyer. The Buyer may cancel the purchase contract and walk away from the purchase or may attempt to negotiate a new purchase price to match the current appraisal.
I hope this helps!
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI
Phoenician Properties Realty