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Nia,  in Phoenix, AZ

Bank canceled our file! Hovv is this right?

Asked by Nia, Phoenix, AZ Wed Dec 31, 2008

After being told that our offer was accepted by the bank (we had submitted a preapproval letter vvith offer), and then vvaiting almost 1.5 mths just for them to sign documents,and then asking us last week to submit within 2 hours proof of our downpayment funds and a certified check of $1000,our agent tells us that the bank canceled our file yest.!
The selling agent said that it's because the bank said it didn't have a name on our proof of funds and the certified check hadn't gotten to them yet.Our agent told them that as for the name, that can be fixed (vve can get them one vvith our name on it), and as for the earnest money, they just need to vvait one more day!NO go there.The selling agent even told our agent that they took him off the listing.He also added that he thinks there's some sort of internal conflict vvith the bank.

They just vvanted to find a reason to cancel our file.VVe did everything they vvanted!Is there something vve can do from here to restart our file vvith them

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Nia, something just does not seem complete about this event? I deal with bank owned homes nearly every day and while they have challenges and require more patience than a normal purchase your situation seems very unusual.

What were you told as the reason the bank had not signed in 1.5 months?

I wonder if another opportunity may exist soon on this same home. If you could give me address I will do digging and try to find out a little more for you.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008

It is extremely excessive for a bank to take 1.5 months to sign the contract on a foreclosed home. It looks like there is more to the story than what you know. The fact is that banks are being borderline abusive with the clients when it comes to short sales and/or foreclosures - the same way that they are borderline abusive with everything else (credit cards, etc...).

Even with all that what happened to you is very uncommon. Is the property still active? If it is and you really want it you can try placing another offer, this time submitting all the correct documentation from the begining, along with some other information.

Beyond that you can try some legal means, if in fact they violated the contract, which we do not know. But the trouble will be too much for what you can gain. Your best plan of action, if possible, should be to find another property that fits your needs. Stay away from short sales, and if placing an offer on a foreclosure make sure that you get all the documentation and be aware that they might not want to play fair. Work with an agent who is experienced in foreclosures.

To avoid all that completely you can find a regular sale. Regular sellers know they have to compete with foreclosures and also price their properties agressively.

Good luck!!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
Sorry to hear of your trouble but this is not unusual wit h bank owned property, there is probably some conflict with obtaining clear title to the property, I have had this happen before when there are multiple loans on the property. You can try and wait until the property comes back on the market or you can try to find a new property. I know that supply is becoming more restricted, good luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
Sorry to hear this HOWEVER with any bank foreclosures or short sales there is drama, recommend continue your search.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
Hi Nia,

Based on your story, you never had a signed contract with the seller's signature. So, there is no agreement to enforce. I've never heard of a bank owned property taking 1.5 months to respond with documents. It really sounds like a short sale. Without knowing more details of the transaction such as the address or mls #, there isn't much advice anybody on the forum can give you.

And yes there is a good possibility that you can restart your file/offer with them. I invite you to contact me with more details.

Buyer's Agent REALTOR
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008

It sounds like you had a short sale happening here, is that right?

I am guessing that it likely is. In this case, you don't have a done deal until it's recorded and funded.

Sorry to hear about your dilemma.

1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
Nia, I have more answers for you this morning, please contact me.


Doug @ 602-751-7577
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 1, 2009
Nia- It would appear the bank did not take your offer seriously- They REQUIRE proof of funds. They REQUIRE earnest money. Without those two items, YOU ARE NOT A BUYER in their eyes. PERIOD.

Often, when banks get low ball offers or they are dealing with what the consider to a wacky buyer, they will reduce the price significantly to either A) Motivate the existing buyer with an offer on the table to "get real," and B) Motivate you or another buyer with a competing offer/lower price. They are attempting to create "urgency." Apparently, it worked!

Simply put, play by their rules, or you dont play. PERIOD. Re-submit your offer WITH ALL REQUIRED AND REQUESTED DOCUMENTATION, ASAP.

As far as not getting some of your paperwork back immediately, this is fairly typical. Banks consider their verbal acceptance of a contract sufficient. I have closed transactions with foreclosures where I did not receive the sellers signatures on the documents until 5 days AFTER the close of escrow. This is VERY contrary to the way most deals normally operate and it appears this has lead you and your agent to have suspicion of the banks intentions. In your particular situation, its sounds like they didnt get your paperwork back...so why should they send yours???

I dont say this very often, but it appears as if your agent is not well versed in foreclosure sales- I am NOT saying you should dump your agent, obviously they are doing their best to represent your interests, however the lack of familiarity with foreclosures seems to be causing you some problems. You may wish to call the broker and ask them to oversee the file a little more carefully, or ask your agent to enlist the help of an agent in their office who is familiar with institutional sellers. OR, do exactly what you are doing- get advice from people who have experience with them.

Above all, listen to what the listing agent is telling you is required. He or she is familiar with what the bank requires. Yes, he or she works for the bank, but they also know they have a seller who will sell, so they dont care if YOUR deal closes or not.....there will be another buyer for that property down the road, because banks want to sell. Good luck to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 1, 2009
Hi Nia,

Nobody here can help you without the address or the mls# of this property. If you really indeed want assistance aside from your agent, you need to give us more info (address and/or mls#).

Buyer's Real Estate Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
The house was just reduced TODAY by another 15k!!! Can someone please tell me what in the world is going on???
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 31, 2008
I forgot to mention. This was a BANK OVVNED HOME.
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