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Sure - you can ask for closing costs to be paid by the seller. Ultimately the short sale lender(s) has the final say as to if that is permissable or not. Generally speaking the cost of the credit for your closing costs will be factored into the overall cost of the sale.
In all of the short sales I have negotiated and closed, only once has the short sale lender ever not allowed seller paid closing costs. One other time, a short sale lender reduced the allowed amount paid for closing costs. That's 2 of around 20 transactions, plus others that are not yet closed.
Hi there Ray, I have a great chart that shows CA real estatepricing trends for the last 20 years. If you drop me a line and I will send it to you. Again nobody has a crystal ball and can see into the future. All we can predict is trends. Real Esate does appreciate over time . Not sure how much time you are willing to invest. Ask someone you know who bought their home 10 years ago are they happy they bought and what is their home worth today compared to when they bought it. I would agree with previous answer, be prepared to hold onto it for a few years. Get the largest and highest number of rooms is good. Also pick an area that is in progression. If you an hold onto a property for the lobg term , the better appreciation you should see
Hope this helps
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