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5 Questions for Short Sale Sellers - 08/29/12 07:13 AM
If I write it here, then you might want to heed the advice. That’s because I’ve closed over a thousand short sales, and I know what needs to happen to get the job done. One common thing that we see is agents so eager to take the short sale listing that they forget to ask some of the key questions at the listing consultation. What happens is that oftentimes borrowers would really prefer loan modification to short sale. Learning the answers to these key questions can be the difference between short sale success and short sale failure and frustration. Here are (4 comments)
Zillow May Have the Crystal Ball (and other distressed property news) - 08/25/12 06:37 AM
Each and every week, there are things going on that impact the short sale business. Some weeks there are big changes to federal and local policies that impact short sale processing. Other weeks, there is news about government programs for distressed borrowers. Read below to learn about some of the interesting stuff that went on this past week in the distressed property arena: Zillow Calls Bottom Zillow called it. They must have the Magic-8ball. Nationally, there are still 3.25 million distressed properties that need to funnel through the system. Will you be listing and selling some of those? Renter’s Markets Across the (7 comments)
If you do not want to close your next short sale... - 08/23/12 06:42 AM
If you are a California agent and you are actively representing buyers and sellers, then you may have noticed that the California Residential Purchase Agreement mentions something called a State of Information (a.k.a. Statement of Identity). You know the form, right? It’s the one that asks about your last three marriages, your last jobs, and your previous addresses. While this may seem like overkill, it is actually really important to have short sale sellers complete a Statement of Information form at the time that you take the short sale listing. Then, provide this form immediately to escrow or to your title (8 comments)
HAFA Short Sales and Second Mortgages - 08/19/12 06:53 PM
Perhaps by now you have heard that the HAFA guidelines changed in June. You are probably already familiar with HAFA, the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program that provides short sale and deed-in-lieu of foreclosure options to distressed borrowers. The HAFA program has been around for a few years now. And just like anything else in the world, with age comes change. Most recently, the guidelines have been amended to change the way that HAFA transactions are reported to credit reporting agencies. Additionally, there have been changes to the rules with respect to occupancy and the HAFA program. The change that appears (6 comments)
Weekly Wacky Short Sale News - 08/18/12 06:41 AM
Each and every week, there are things going on that impact the real estate world and the wacky world of short sales. Some weeks there are big changes to policies that impact short sale processing. Other weeks, there is news about government programs for distressed borrowers. Read below to learn about some of the interesting stuff that went on this past week in the distressed property arena: Increase in Short Sales This Chicago Tribune article reminds us that we are likely to see in influx in short sale listings between now and the end of the year. But, you probably already knew that, (10 comments)
Ready to Sell in Vista California - 08/15/12 08:41 PM
Dear Melissa: I’ve had my home on the market for six months and it is not selling. I am getting frustrated because I need to move closer to my family. What should I do? –Ready to Sell in Vista, California
Dear Ready to Sell in Vista, California: I’m sorry to hear that your home has not sold yet. It’s actually quite surprising given the fact that we are in a seller’s market—meaning that there is less home inventory than there are buyers. These are three principal reasons that a home does not sell: 1) price, 2) seller motivation, and 3) (5 comments)
Weekly Real Estate Roundup - Latest Tech Info Directly from Inman - 08/11/12 11:17 AM
Each and every week, there are things going on that impact how short sale agents (and real estate folks, in general) do their jobs. Some weeks there are big changes to things that impact the real estate world. Other weeks, there is news about government programs for distressed borrowers. Just last week, I attended the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference (as an emissary of my local real estate board), and here I will share with you what’s trending on the real estate scene: 7 New Technology Tools These 7 new tech tools were showcased at the conference. However, while there were many tech (4 comments)
Agents Buying Short Sales - Should you represent yourself? - 08/09/12 06:44 AM
Since we process so many short sales each and everyday, we often come across purchase contracts where an individual broker or real estate salesperson represents him or herself (as buyer or seller). It’s also very common to see an agent represent a relative who is purchasing or selling a home as a short sale. Did you know that most short sale lenders will not pay a real estate commission to an agent representing himself or representing a relative? Here are some questions that a broker friend of mine asked me the other day about this very topic:
These are all great questions, and it definitely helps homebuyers in Escondido, San Marcos and beyond to have the skinny on the open house.
Is the home really for sale? If a seller has agreed to hold his or her home open for an open house, this means that the seller wants the property to sell. This does not (11 comments)
Distressed Property Roundup – More foreclosures on the way? - 08/04/12 10:53 AM
Each and every week, there are things going on that impact how short sale agents do their jobs. Some weeks there are big changes to policies that impact short sale processing. Other weeks, there is news about government programs for distressed borrowers. Read below to learn about some of the interesting stuff that went on this past week in the distressed property arena: Foreclosures Increasing Again According to this US News article, foreclosures are on the rise again in certain parts of the United States. It seems hard to believe that there are any distressed borrowers left. But, it would appear that the (5 comments)
Short Sale Transactions and Electronic Signatures - Do the two mix? - 08/02/12 05:10 PM
“I’ve heard that you cannot use Docusign for short sales. Is that true?” It’s a great question, and there is tons of conflicting information out there about the use of Docusign® (and other esignature tools) for short sale transactions. We’ve closed over 1000 short sales, so we have a good about trends in the field. Here is what we have learned about electronic signatures and short sales: The major lending institutions really do not like to see Docusign® in the contracts they receive. Despite an announcement in late May 2012 that Freddie Mac now accepts Docusign®, the servicers really frown upon (6 comments)
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