6 tips to help you successfully buy a short sale

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If you are wondering what it takes to successfully buy a Colorado Springs home listed as a short sale, here are my top 5 tips

1. Be patient -- This is by far the most important thing to remember when buying a short sale.   If you need to move by a certainpink 1 small date, purchasing a short sale isn't for you.    Patience is everything, as it's not a quick process.

Don't put in an offer, and then a week later give up on it.  It's a waste of everyone's time, including your own time. Be prepared to wait a couple of months for an answer.

2. Decide what price to offer on the home --  Have your Colorado Springs Realtor obtain information on other homes that have sold in the area.    Also, ask your Realtor to obtain the listing history of the subject property that shows price decreased as well as prices on other comparable properties that are listed for sale in the same Colorado Springs neighborhood.    After looking at all the facts, decide what price the bank may accept.  According to the National Association of Realtors, 80% of the offers made on short sale properties are not accepted.    It's important to understand that lenders will not accept 50% of what the property is worth; but they will accept a reasonable offer.

3. Homework - Do your "Due Diligence" on the home before making an offer.  Most short sale homes are sold "as-is"; consequently you may want to have an inspection on the property before you put in an offer on it.  If there are "major" things that need repaired, you may want to get an estimate on them and take pictures of these items.   It may help the lender be more willing to accept your offer to have the repair information and estimated costs to fix the items.

If you are going to use VA or FHA financing, make sure there won't be any appraisal conditions for the condition of the property.

4.Pre-qualification letter - Give your Realtor a pre-qualification letter from your lender if you are going to finance the purchase.   This letter will be submitted with the contract to the lender.  (See:  Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval, which do you need to buy a home?)

5. Experience Counts -  Make sure your Colorado Springs Realtor has experience with short sales.  (I've seen more deals not go through because one or both of the Realtors doesn't understand the short sale process and didn't explain to the buyer or the seller what to expect.)    Don't be afraid to ask your Realtor if she/he have successfully closed any short sales.

6. Understand the short sale process.   Have you realtor explain the steps involved in the process.   The better you understand the process, the more it will make sense to you that it's a lengthy process to get done.   If your Realtor can't explain the process to you, find a Realtor that can.

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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

Patience is by far the number one key for the buyer.  If they have that then and combine that with an experienced short sale agent then it will work.

Feb 24, 2011 11:09 PM #1
Laurie C. Bailey-Gates
Robert Paul Properties - Barnstable, MA

I think it is also important to recognize how many banks are involved in the short sale.  Also, is there a mediator in place that is working on behalf of the seller.  Buyers need to be aware that there is a big difference between an approved short sale and one that is not.


Feb 24, 2011 11:12 PM #2
Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Morning Kathy

Thanks for the post and Short Sale information. Have a great day.

Feb 25, 2011 12:17 AM #3
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

Hi Kathy - Great List.  Make it 7 and add be patient again.  :) 

Feb 25, 2011 03:49 PM #4
Kathy Torline
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049

Laurie:  I agree, it's very important to realize how many lenders are involved in the short sale.

Steve:  Yes, it is all about patience and understanding the process.


Feb 25, 2011 09:21 PM #5
Kathy Torline
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049

Chuck;  Yes it's all about patience and experience on the part of both agents

Feb 26, 2011 11:35 PM #6
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