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The great thing about doing a short sale is that you get to list the home with a Realtor and market it just like a typical sale.
The Realtor will list the property, then they will have you sign an authorization letter to act on your behalf. This way they can communicate with your lender.
As long as your Realtor knows what they're doing they should be able to hold your hand through the entire process from beginning to the end. 90% of the work will be done by your Realtor.
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Your best bet is to talk with a firm that specializes in short sales. A lot of places do. Feel free to call me and I would be happy to explain in further detail.
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
Talk to experts in your area so you understand specifically for your situation. But intent is always a big part of liability. Talk to an attorney.
First Weber Group
Certified Distressed Property Expert
There are many questions/conditions that need to be addressed before a solid response can be provided. Is this your primary residence, what's the hardship, your assets, etc... That being said, it is in your best interest to meet one on one with a Realtor in your area to better assess your situation.
In addition to the SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosure Representative) designation, in Illinois, we also have the ADPR, Accredited Distressed Property Representative.
It's one thing to have the "book smarts" but experience is the key. it bridges the gap between knowledge & application & helps to ensure a smoother process. It definitely helps avoid some of the pitfalls a person with less or little experience can face, circumvention.
Please feel free to contact me directly for more information. Good luck!
Evelyn S. Fred
Accredited Distressed Property Rep.
Short Sales & Foreclosure Rep.
Is this your primary home? Short sales on investment properties or second homes are much harder to obtain approvals, particularly if you have equity in other properties or assets. If you have assets, a lender is unlikely to simply "forgive" all of the debt in a short sale. In the alternative, you may be able to work out an arrangement to pay some, all, or most of the deficiency after the sale. You will need to propose a solution to the lender which makes sense for the lender. The lender will simply not walk away if there is an oppty to recoup their asset (the outstanding loan.)
Look for a boutique real estate firm that handles short sales, or look for an agent or agent team within a larger brokerage that markets themselves as specialists in this area. Attorneys who specialize in foreclosure defense often know Realtors who have expertise in this area. You can also look for agents who have the designations CDPE or SFR, both of which indicate some education in the field of distressed properties and short sales. I do hold the SFR, and have considered pursuing the CDPE. While I do hold the SFR, I wouldn't recommend making a hiring decision solely upon this merit. The SFR is rather basic, and experience in this field will go a long way further than simply having taken this class.
Deborah "Deb" Madey
Peninsula Realty Group
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