I asked about short sales. It was answered by Mr. Murphy. In general, how does the selling price compare to

Asked by Susan Mirro, Goodyear, AZ Fri Apr 4, 2008

the market rate? What is considered a lengthy process - 3 months, 6 months?

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Joe Bourland, Agent, Avondale, AZ
Fri Apr 11, 2008
In my experience in today's short sales, banks are taking 3-5 weeks to return a response to an offer. This is just to determine the contract price. After that, the typical closing process will take around 30 days with a new loan.
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Donald Keys, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Sat Apr 5, 2008

I can tell you that other agents I have talked to have had short sales completed in as little as 75 days and other agents have been waiting 9 months. It all depends on the lender and the investor(s) that hold the note.

Here is an example that may or may not be true - this is just my thought process.

Susan let's say that you are wealthy (25 million) and decide to take 5 million dollars and invest it in real estate. You become in a sense "the bank" and loan people money to purchase homes. To make it simple let's say you loaned $500,000 to 10 different people to buy 10 different homes. Now let's say that one of those homeowners gets behind on payments and is trying to do a short sale. The home that was worth $500,000 is now worth $350,000 because the owner bought at the peak of the market. A short sale contract comes in at $300,000. You were getting a nice 7% return as an investor on the $500,000 but now you are getting 0% and they are asking you to loose $200,000+ of your money. Do you 1) approve the short sale and cut your loses 2) disapprove the short sale and pay additional fees to foreclose and then after it forecloses A) sit on the property until values come back up or B) sell it for what the market will bear and cut your loses? This is a possible scenario that investors are facing and that is why the process could take a long time.

I have looked at a few SOLD short sales and found out that some of them are obtained at below market value and some of them are obtained at market value.

I hope this helps.
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ILONA POKA, Agent, Chandler, AZ
Fri Apr 4, 2008
Hi Susan
I'm unaware of your last question but it would depend on how much you paid or refiananced for. What is at the tipy top of the market or in the middle. What are comps going for now? These #s would determine how much of a short sale it would be. I've seen it ranging from $30,000 - 200,000+
Hope this helps!
Good Luck
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