This blog has interesting data;I would like to see hard numbers about the percentage of short sales and REOs for 2009. Long and Fostet, my co. has access to a service that cuts through a many of the delays and problems that often occur with short sales and foreclosures. So if you live in the Williamsburg Va area and need to buy or sell a distressed property call Sybil at 757-897-5889.
Recently I was reading about a very telling statistic. The California Association of Realtors has published that more than 50% of all first-time homebuyers sales were either short sales or foreclosure transactions.
These short sales presented many first time buyers with great opportunities. To be able to step into the market which a few years ago looked like an impossible event? The buyers see many benefits to purchase a short sale. (As a Realtor who is in Escrow now for ten months on a short sale, I have a different perspective). Patience is an absolute necessity, for all parties, buyers, sellers, and Realtors representing all parties. This type of transaction as a Buyer you need to continue looking for other homes, otherwise it could be very disappointing if the property goes into foreclosure or the seller renegotiated with the lender and decides to stay in the home, rather than move on.
Foreclosures can be very tricky to buy for a first time home buyer. In order to get the property, generally the buyer needs to give a very "clean offer" forgoing investigations, appraisal and other contingencies.
The buyer should have done all their market investigations in advance, hence understanding that the property is worth the price they plan on offering. If it is not an all cash offer, the buyer should have -current pre-approval letter, proof of down payment and closing costs and solid credit worthiness.
As well as a Seasoned Realtor to be able to present the Offer in the best possible light to the Listing Agent who in turn would do the same to the Lenders.
If the buyer follows the above advice, the chances are better, that they will get the property and then ultimately get a great Value in a good neighborhood they would not have been able to get into a few years ago with the current prices.
The best advice I can give is have patience riding thru all the emotional rollercoaster rides of Short Sale Offers and REO offers. Also a bit of good luck will not hurt either.
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