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Q. A little background...
Notice of Default filed in May.
Short sale listed on MLS
Signed a one year lease with 7 months left.
The listing agent wants to represent me and the seller. The seller feels bad and wants us to purchase the property if possible. I have never purchased a home nor do I know the process so this is all new to me.
Should I have a different agent representing me as a buyer?
What percentage should I put down for earnest money? Is it refundable? Should I have any contingencies such as a time length for approval?
Should I just start looking else where to live and forget the property?
What happens to the lease if I move out early before it's sold or foreclosed? Security deposit?
What about home inspections? Title clearances?
Any home warranty?
Any problems with a tenant purchasing a short sale property? Any advantages?
Thanks and any advice would be greatly appreciated since I have kids that just started school in the area and I need to be prepared to move if need be.
Hello I'm Don Alexander Real Estate Broker here in California. A Short Sale is not Guaranteed. When Buying a Home its always best to find out what you are Qualified for first. Once you are Qualified for a Home Loan, you have other homes to choose from. When a Home is on the MLS it gives notice to other Agents and potential Home Buyers/Investors. This could create a Multiple Offer situation causing the Price of the Home to go up.
Communicate with your Landlord(Homeowner) of Termination of your Lease( Seek Legal Advice). Be on the search of a new rental in the area.
Non-member response Submitted 08/08/12 02:43 PM
Thanks for the advice
As Don said above, if you are seriously considering buying the home you should talk to a licensed mortgage loan originator/officer to find out what you are pre-qualified to afford.
Michele's comments are also very pertinent.
Non-member response Submitted 08/27/12 10:56 AM
So I got my own agent, pre-approval letter, proof of funds and we submitted an offer only to be placed as a back up offer.
The listing agent is a scumbag and only wanted to submit my offer only if he was also my (buyer) agent so he can dual end the commissions. He even sent me an offer he prepared that listed him as my agent and some other person in his brokerage as the selling agent. He must think I am an idiot and not know dual agents need to be disclosed properly on the offer. That was the first sign I knew this guy couldn't be trusted. He told me I would be first in line, a week later after getting my own agent, my offer became a backup offer. He has no problem lying which is sad because I can tell a ton of people have been screwed by this guy. A complaint will be filed with the Dept of Real Estate.
I am currently looking at other properties in the area to rent/purchase. I want to move out asap as I am done paying any more money to the dishonest owner. It's just a sad situation because I have children whom go to school in the area.
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