Jean, Home Buyer in Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Three times I have made an offer on an Indian Rocks Beach condo short sale, and three times the owner has

Asked by Jean, Indian Rocks Beach, FL Sun Jun 7, 2009

declared bankruptcy. Do these short sales ever work, or am I just wasting my time bidding on them?

Help the community by answering this question:



Everyone is going to have a different opinion on short sales but I will tell you that the vast majority of agents avoid them like the plague - both on the buyer & seller side. Filing bankruptcy is only one of many reasons that the fall apart. Of course, some close but usually it is a long & laborious process regardless of how dilligent the agents or their negotiators are. Many listing agents on short sales don't really have any idea if a lender will accept your offer & when they price these properties, it's not unusual to for the seller with imput from their Realtor to put an unrealistic price on the property. So, even if you & the seller come to an agreement on the price, the lender (or lenders) won't accept the contract - & it's taken you 3-4 months to find that out.

My advise is if you're serious about trying to get a bargain on the beach, consider a bank-owned property. The lender/seller has already gone through the time & expense of the foreclosure process & they have a good idea of what they'll accept. As their inventory of properties continue to increase they have become very motivated to move them. Another option is to buy from a normal seller (whatever that is) who has either a lot of equity in their condo or has paid off any mortgage they'd had. Sometimes you can find estate sales where the kids have inherited their parents or grandparent's condo & they just want to sell it & distribute the proceeds.

If I can help you look for anything feel free to contact me.

Jim Moran
Broker Associate/Realtor
Quality Service Certified (QSC)
James D. Moran, P.A.
Cell: 727-278-4711

Prudential Tropical Realty
2539 Countryside Blvd Ste 3
Clearwater, FL 33761
Work: 727-799-2227 x 223
Work Fax: 727-799-0388
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 7, 2009
You may wish to see 42 Gulf Blvd #C and # F, Indian Rocks Beach, FL as multiple units on one deed make it very unusual for income and residing in this beach to bay Old Florida condotel complex. Not Owner financing available. I have several units listed. Please call me directly to answer any of your questions and to submit your offers at 727-688-8885 or 1-866-888-4565 thank you! Search and Save anytime at ( This market area information is given in response to question posted, if you are already working with a Realtor please disregard and please have your excellent agent contact me. If you are not working with an agent, I do accept new customers. Thank you.)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Jean, you have voiced the frustration that 100's of potential owners have experienced. Please be aware the process is as aggravatiing for the one trying to sell as it is for the one trying to purchase. As a buyer in the short sale process, you have little, if any influence in the outcome.

A GIANT componet in determining success in short sale transactions is the resources the listing agent can bring into the process. If the process starts poorly it will end the same way. There is an unimagineable chasm between the resources brought into the process by real estate agents. When you make your next offer on a short sale property, ask the agent why their last few short sale deals fell apart. If the answer sounds something like, "It was beyond my control" you may just be starting out poorly.

Please, if you are a agent seeking solutions or a citizen experiencing a challenge, and would like more information give me a call.
Annette Lawrence
ReMax ACR Elite Group, Inc
727. 420. 4041
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 8, 2009
Jean, there are many answers to your question, as Jim points out--but there is also rampant misinformation about short sales, in particular--so allow me to clarify a couple of points:
1. If you choose to make an offer on a short sale property, be sure that the listing agent as well as the buyer's agent are experienced in short sales, preferably with some sort of certification. If either agent does not know what thy're doing, the transaction will be a mess and you will most likely end up frustrated and homeless. It's not worth your time and energy to go through this!
2. Bankruptcy should not necessarily kill a short sale--I'm curious how that could have happened three times(and I'm assuming on different properties). It does not sound as if the seller's situation is being checked thoroughly.

Here are some facts about short sales:

1. The seller must be able to show insolvency in order for the bank to accept the short sale. If the listing agent has merely taken the listing without proper fact-finding, you could be wasting your time with offers.
2. If the short sale is approved (in other words, if the bank deems the owner to be insolvent), they will be looking for MARKET value on the property, with adjustments for condition. If there have been many foreclosures and short sale in the area, the market value will be lower, if not, it may not be such a great deal.

The fact is, you can get some great deals on short sales, but there are also great deals on foreclosures and motivated sellers who are not 'upside-down'. Moral: work with an agent who knows what they are doing!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 8, 2009
Hi Jean. I agree that dealing with properties subject to lender approval of a short sale takes experience and patience. I work with a team of three Agents in my office who specialize in short sale listings and sales. We have successfully negotiated and closed many of these transactions this year, both on selling and buying representation sides. If I can be of assistance, please call me any time at 727-541-3743.

Darla Schroeder, Realtor, GRI, e-PRO
Century 21 Real Estate Champions
4350 Duhme Rd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
cell: 727-541-3743
office: 727-398-2774
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 7, 2009
Jean, are you making the offer on the same property each time?
We are in a different market and strange things happen with these short sales, foreclosures & REO's. They require a lot of patience and then at the last minute when you think you are going to be the new owner, another offer can come in better than yours and you have lost the deal.
My advice is to be sure you are working with a knowledgeable Realtor trained in short sales, etc. The listing agent must stay in touch with the lender 2-3 times per week so the process stays on track.
I am in your area. If i can help you in any way, please contact me.
Best regards,
Brenda Wooldridge, G.R.I.
2501 W. Bay Dr.
Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 7, 2009
I dindnt know that one could declare bankruptcy 3 times in a year

sit back, wait til the bank takes back the home, then make your offer thru the listing realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 7, 2009
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2016 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer