I was going to BOOKMARK this but decided I wanted it in my blog ! Scott is spot on with his list of ill-fated practices that are killing Short Sales ! This list would be great for conducting a in-house training session on Short Sales ! Enjoy reading through this post and look for ways to tweak your own service practices.
The one thing most people agree on is that Short Sales will continue to be a large part of our market for at least the next year. I work on a lot of Short Sales both as a Listing Agent and a Buyer Broker here in the Manchester NH area. The short sale process is not regulated, therefore the way agents handle it varies widely. There are some outlandish trends happening that are making the process frustrating that just do NOT have to be. There is no easy way to say it and this is no time to be polically correct when the result of a poorly handled short sale can lead to foreclosure.
What is KILLING All the SHORT SALES!!!
1. INEXPERIENCED AGENTS Listing them
2. PRICING THE HOME BELOW MARKET VALUE
3. OUT OF TOWN AGENTS taking listings
4. DISCOUNT BROKERS not providing full service
5. INEXPERIENCED NEGOTIATORS
6. SUBMIITING MULTIPLE OFFERS FOR APPROVAL
7. INCOMPLETE SHORT SALE PACKAGES
8. NO COMMUNICATION OR FOLLOW-UP BY AGENTS
9. UNREALISTIC TIME FRAMES
10. BUYERS WHO ARE NOT EDUCATED WHAT A SHORT SALE IS AND HOW THE PROCESS WORKS.
THE TOP THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT:
1. CHOOSING A LISTING AGENT: When choosing a listing agnet to conduct a short sales the seller should note that all agents are not created equal. They should also know they have a choice.
a. EXPERIENCE: Choose an agent who is experienced in Listing, Negotiating and Selling Short Sales. This is not the time for "on the job training". Do not settle.
b. CHOOSE ONLY LOCAL AGENTS: Too many home owners see flashy TV commercials and think that is their only choice. It is NOT. Interview and choose a local agent who will be there through each step of the short sale selling process.
c. FULL TIME AGENTS: Whether Buying or Selling you want and need a FULL TIME agent whose sole job is to assist buyers and sellers with Real Estate.
d. FULL SERVICE: Using a discount Broker could lead to discount services. In a short sale you need every advantage you can. This is not the time tio skimp. For sellers commission is deducted from the proceeds teh bank is willing to accept. Choosing a full service broker does not cost more but could mean the difference between an approval or losing the home.
2. PRICING THE HOME: When listing short sales the practice of listing the home "way under market value" to attract more offers is leading to an increase in short sale rejections. This practice should be avoided as it is not helping out sellers who are losing their homes to foreclosure becuase of it.
3. Some of the trends and practices you should avoid are:
a. Paying up front to List your house as a short sale
b. Paying up front for a negotiator
c. Paying for an appraisal to submit an offer.
d. The bank is not the seller in a short sale - the home owner is the seller.
CONCLUSION FOR BUYERS: If you are considering buying a Short Sale, whether you are in the Manchester NH area, Southern New Hampshire or located aywhere else thoughout this great country of ours, the short sale process is the same. As a buyer there are some things you need to do in order to have an advantage and opportunity to have your short sale approved. The short sale process can be long, it can be frustrating but it does NOT have to be.
CONCLUSION FOR SELLERS: If you owe more than your house is worth, if you are behind in your payments or if you have to move. A Short Sale could be for you. The most important tips is to list with an agent who is well experienced in listing, negotiating and selling Short Sales. If you live in NH, call me first. I use a professional negotiator that works on the sellers behalf when negiotiating with the bank at no cost to you. Most often the home owner can complete a short sale at no cost to them.
It does not take magic to turn your "For Sale" sign into a "Sold" sign. it takes a full time Local Agent who specializes in Listing homes like yours.
If you need to sell your home and you owe more than your house is worth, i may be able to help. I specialize in working with home owners to get your home sold. There are many options such as a short sale whcih may be able to help you.
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Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH. With 25 years of Real Estate experience Scott specializes in Listing and Selling Bank Owned Homes, Short Ssles, Residential Properties, Condominiums, New Construction and Investment Properties. Scott services the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap. To contact Scott Godzyk please call 603-661-2121 or email email@example.com. his website is www.ScottSellsNH.com.
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