Looking for a real estate broker/agent who is a "short sale specialist" in the Westside of Los Angeles

Asked by BentleyR, 90025 Tue Mar 24, 2009

Here is a little background on my situation. I paid 485k (80/20 loan) for a 2bd/2 ba condo during the peak of the market-- other larger units in the building are now selling in short sale for 330k (clearly, I am a tad underwater).

So, here is my two part question:

1. I'm looking for an agent who is very experienced with selling short sale properties in the Westside (has closed short sales as the selling agent, familiar with working with banks, etc...) I have not initiated the short sales procedure yet with my lender but would like to start to get agents info who I can work with from the very start.

2. If anyone has a recommendation of a good residential real estate attorney it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for any info that you can provide!

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inna ivchenko, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Sun Jan 12, 2014
I have a possible solution for you: on my short sales I partner with an attorney. He negotiates with lenders, I do the rest. Having a team of an experienced realtor, my assistant and legal adviser will cost you nothing( as you know, bank pays for our service if it is a short sale).

Let me know how we can help!

Inna Ivchenko
310 867 0698
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Brad Korb, Agent, Burbank, CA
Sat Jan 11, 2014
You can always Google short sale agents in your zip code & interview a couple of agents . I would also ask the agents for sellers that they have closed short sales with that you could talk to .The agents that you talk to should also be able to refer a few great real estate attorney s that you could talk to ! Good Luck !
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Richard "RJ"…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Wed Jun 15, 2011
Did you ever hire an agent? I know you go a lot of opinions including loan modification, however, I wanted to reconnect with you and see if I can be of assistance as I am a highly regarded and experienced short sale broker. Let me know if I can assist. Thank you.
Richard "RJ" Kas (SFR, SRES)
"Representing the finest properties from Los Angeles worldwide"
KAS Properties - Coldwell Banker Previews International - Beverly Hills East
9388 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.859-5334 office - 310.488.9826 mobile - 310-273-0670 fax ATT: RJ
RichardKas@gmail.com - http://www.RJforLA.com - DRE: 01352771
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Sara Mehrpou…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Feb 18, 2011

Sara Mehrpouyan
Rodeo Realty
Dre Lic#01712757
Direct: 818-903-2040
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Kamilla J Wh…, Agent, santa monica, CA
Thu Jan 14, 2010
Which is your bank? I don't know anyone that has worked with them all :) and practically every office is different, unf...
Web Reference:  http://www.kjwrealestate.com
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Jeri Creson, Agent, Studio City, CA
Wed Jun 10, 2009
I just received first and second approval in writing on two short sales this week - and what I can tell you is that the short sale/foreclosure market and knowledge base changes daily. The "rules of thumb" about what a bank will, or will not do changes often and rapidly. The general process of submitting a short sale package has remained fairly constant for the past year, however, as banks have been forced to refine their best practices and deal with unbelievable workloads, the intricate details have shifted - and continue to shift.

The reality for short sale negotiators is that you must be persistent and dogged in your determination and unwillingness to take no for an answer. If you try to negotiate a sale for the first time, what you will find is a never ending maze of phone extentions, disconnected phone numbers, departments that no longer exist and conflicting information "in the file notes" depending on whom you finally speak with. It feels to a negotiator as if there is a deliberate conspiracy and smoke screen to prevent your success.

The screen can be broken - the file can be pushed through the maze, but only if your negotiator is willing to spend countless hours, is talented in getting through roadblocks and unwilling to give up or just take the first answer. Nice doesn't cut it. Trusting what you are told and playing the waiting game will only accomplish getting your file moved to the bottom of the pile. A negotiator must be polite, appropriate, but firm and persistent. My professional negotiator was told on 4 different occasions during the process on the latest deal that nowhere in the file did they have authorization to speak with us (despite the fact we'd been working with them actively for 2 months.) Then magically, the authorization appeared again... It's mind numbingly frustrating - but can be done.

The process will take you at least 3 months, and up to 6 with a good negotiator. There are strategies for getting better results. Normal logic - i.e. submitting the very highest possible offer for approval isn't always your best approach. Many times the bank comes back with a net demand for the first, and an additional demand for the second. If you've pushed the buyer to their highest offer, you may have a dead deal, and you may or may not have time to start over with a new offer.

It's vital to stay on top of trustee sale dates. One department may be talking to you while the other is selling the property out from under you.

There are many things to know - interview a number of agents - ask very specific questions about how they would respond to various scenarios - if the bank says no? - how often do they check on the file? - how do they handle the bpo? what is their strategy for short sale success, specifically? Here's a thought - ask if you could possibly speak to the negotiator who will actually handle the process before you hire the agent.

If the agent can't or won't answer these kinds of questions for you in an intelligent and "not vague" manner, chances are, they are blowing smoke - move on. Not every short sale works even with the best team on earth - but your chances are infinitely better if you have the right team on the job.

Jeri Creson, Broker
TotalAccess Realty Advisors
(818) 448-1298
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Dale Ross, , 90094
Sun May 24, 2009

My first question to you would be is their hardship either by job loss, job transfer or health issues. The banks won't typically help just because your home is underwater.

Perhaps a Loan Modification would work. Please visit my website. I list direct bank contacts with phone numbers. You can do the loan modification yourself without paying any up front fees. My site also has up-to-the-minute short sale/foreclosure listings in the prime westside of Los Angeles. Please review them to get an overall idea of this market. I don't ask you fill out any forms for the answers. The listings and bank contacts are available now. Please contact me for honest straight forward answers.
Dale Ross
Certified Short Sale Specialist
New Century Realty
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Ron, , Los Angeles, CA
Thu Apr 30, 2009

Los Angeles/Beverly Hills Short Sale Specialist
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., , Los Angeles, CA
Tue Apr 7, 2009
You have significant borrower rights that must be applied to the process. Most times a complaint is the only way to really grab a lender by the tonsils and let them knonw you have rights. A short sale is a fools play for so many reasons. If you can get the lender to discount as we have two this month (currently and Charged off, pending free & clear) so you should consider repurchasing the home yourself.

I can only (ethically) work only with Counsel and / or Realtors so this is not spam or intended to violate california mandates against the Loan Mod Squad.

Use everything in your arsenal available to yu and prepare to anticipate the lender efforts to circumvent your rights which is an entitlement here in California to a benficiary and servicer under an accelearation and Power of Sale.

Realtors who know about these lawful angles are around....most are taken off the market and can be found doing cash for keys. Other names are available ? Let me know and a few questions and answers will tell me if they are on or not.

Who do you trust. . . .hmmm! Big retainer from a law firm must include recent success' and assurances for delivering the goods. Try Carl Kop Esq who likes to reduce his legal fees in these matters when a borrower is in distress. Also A Kulack Esq and S Rabin Esq. admin@borrowerhotline.com

Good Luck!
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Jonathan Ano…, Agent, Inglewood, CA
Fri Mar 27, 2009
Hello there,

It appears that you have done initial research with regards to the short sale process. You're leaps and bounds ahead of most owners who are under-water with their property. I am a Broker specializing in Los Angeles short sales at my firm and can answer any questions you may have about the process, how it affects your credit, how it affects your taxes, and positioning your property so that it draws interest from buyers given that your building has competing units.

Best regards,

Jonathan Anozie
Broker Associate
The Realty Exchange Firm
P: 310.216.9077
E: janozie@RealtyExchangeFirm.com

Feel free to take a look at our short sale guide:
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Grant Linsco…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Mar 24, 2009
Hi M90066,

A short sale can be a great solution depending on your situation. There are numerous factors that should be considered before coming to the conclusion that a short sale is right for you. When I have short sales I always work with another agent in my office who only does short sales. She is excellent and has the negotiation experience with banks to close the deals and weigh every best option.

Please give me a call and it would be great to meet with you and discuss your situation.

Best Regards,

Grant Linscott
Keller Williams Realty
323.333.6222 cell
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Mario Villag…, , Burbank, CA
Tue Mar 24, 2009
The key to getting your property sold is to price it lower than the others and have it ready to show but before that we must begin to negotiate w/ both lenders. The reason for this is that you want to negotiate w/ the lender prior to putting it on the market because you'll end up losing a lot of your buyer pool. In this market waiting might benefit you because you are obviously selling at a market bottom. If you would like to get started please give me a call and let's figure out why you want to sell and if selling is your best option. If I feel that you should consult with the attorney I will direct you that way but consultation with me is free of charge. It's what I do to try to earn your business.
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Monique and…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Tue Mar 24, 2009
Helloi M90066,

I know the feeling. Condos have been hit hard. We have closed short sales with Country Wide, GMAC, BofA, Wells Fargo to a name a few. My husband/partner is an attorney, broker and agent. You really don't need to do anything at the moment as far as starting the short sale process until you get an offer. There are steps you can take to prepare for the process (preparing your package) and if you decide to list with us we can assist you with the process and negotiang your short sale. One question I have is how far (in any) are you behind on your payments?

Give us a call when you have a moment or let me know a good time to meet to go over your questions/concerns.

Look forward to meeting you.


Monique Carrabba and Joe Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
(323) 899-2900
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Fred Glick, Agent, Mountain View, CA
Tue Mar 24, 2009
Attorney- Richard Ormond 213 891 5217 rormond@buchalter.com
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