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Unless you've been sleeping under a rock and avoiding ActiveRain for the past weeks, you've probably caught wind of the meltdown that's been happening in the subprime lending sectors, with 30+ lenders shutting their doors and many more in trouble. It's fairly obvious that rising credit guidelines and risk premiums will make it harder to get your buyers approved; far less obvious are the steps you should take to survive in an interest rate and lending environment the likes of which we have not seen in perhaps 10 years. Here's a few tips that from me on how I think the top professionals will weather the storm; please share your thoughts with me too.
1. Become a Short Sale Expert. Working with a distressed seller and a reticent bank with a pending foreclosure on its hands meets no one's definition of a fun and easy sale, but creating this skill set early could reap great dividends. Developing a good working relationship with your local bank representatives will likely set you on a course for steady business in which you and only you are the local expert.
2. Start Creating your Buyers. Now is the time to start creating new buyers by having First-Time Home Buyer Seminars, Credit Repair Seminars, and coaching these new would-be buyers to expect higher down payment and credit requirements early. A good lending representative and perhaps a financial planner would be great partners to have to help you pull these off successfully.
3. Slash Marketing Costs Now. With so many homes on the market, traditional marketing may be a case of too many dollars chasing too few buyers. Are you taking advantage of free listings on Zillow.com, Oodle, craigslist, LiveDeal, Propsmart, GoogleBase, Trulia, HomeGain, and not to mention blogging your listings on Localism.com? No? Then why are you spending bucketloads of cash on traditional (read: print) advertising when the ROI on free advertising is limitless? Failure to do this quickly enough may see you in a cash crunch when listings you've dumped huge advertising money into won't sell.
Hopefully this perks up a few ears and sparks a few ideas on successfully navigating the impending foreclosure wreckage. If you have any comments or questions, I'm all ears.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.