There may be short sales available, but be really careful and fully understand what you are getting into when you enter into a short sale. In all honesty, they are almost always messy and stressful for all involved. You are dealing not only with an individual seller, but also the bank who has the final "say so" in the deal. It can take upwards of 90 days to even get a response from the bank as to whether or not they will even allow a short sale. Then if they agree to allow it, the negotiations are just beginning.
Another reason they are such a mess is because, after the seller and then the bank come to an agreement, that may just be on the first mortgage. People who are doing short sales are highly likely to have other liens on the property. And unless all banks make an agreement to accept less than is owed, the deal cannot go through.
As an agent I feel it is my duty to not just try to "capture" a buyer's business, but to educate when I feel it is important. I hope this helps--sorry to put a damper on any plans. With all this said, there are plenty of good deals out there that will be a lot less messy. I wish you all the best with your home search!
I am Jon Tucker with RE/MAX 100. Yes, there are quite a few pre-foreclosure, shorts, and bank owned properties. Shoot me an email and I can set you up to receive daily updates.
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