In escrow on short sale in Venice. Bank is countering over 100 grand. Discovered neighbours are encroaching property can I use this 2 lower my counter

Asked by Claire, Venice, CA Thu Jul 21, 2011

Using an encroahment issue as a Negotiating tool?

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Andrew Jones, Agent, Venice Beach, CA
Fri Jul 22, 2011
Hi Claire,

You should be talking with your agent about both of these important issues since none of us here can possibly know what the material facts are.

In general, yes can you negotiate with the bank. Yes you can challenge their assessment of the home's value with examples of comparable sales and broker's price opinions of your own. The bank may not agree, but you can try.

I don't know if the encroachment issue is the deal-breaker that Ron is suggesting, but you need to talk with your agent about this as well. If you don't do some serious exporation regarding the potential liabilities of this before you agree to the sale in the first place you should consider thoroughly investigating it before your inspection and/or disclosure periods expire. Though I don't know the nature of the encroachment, it's hard for me to imagine that this won't involve talking to a real estate attorney in many cases. You may also think about holding off on spending money pursuing this sale until you really understand this issue.

Best of luck.
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Emily Knell, Agent, Huntington Beach, CA
Thu Jul 21, 2011
Ron the funny man...seriously that was funny.

Regarding your short sale woes. WOW that's a big counter difference, but then again I don't know what price range you're talking about OR what you offered vs. what current fair market value is OR if the listing agent priced this short sale listing originally at a figure way way way below what fair market value actually is.

I have a LOT of experience with short sales & would like to talk to you some more about your particular situation, if you could email me directly , I know I can give you some pointers. It is not my intention to steal you away from you current agent. I may be able to give the listing agent a good referral to help with your transaction & show you, your buyer agent, the listing agent a way to smack some sense into the lien holder(s) you're having to deal with for this short sale.

I won't check back on this same thread for new answers after mine.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Thu Jul 21, 2011
This sounds like the case for my newest invention; a Twenty Foot Pole:

It's for things that you wouldn't touch with a Ten Foot Pole.

Why would you want to pursue this; it has Red Flags all over it!

Good luck and may God bless
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