Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.)

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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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 January 1 of 2019? 

  No problem.

Dec 20, 2017 10:31 PM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
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These are the same buyers who think:

  • that they can qualify because they just bought a new car, so it is OK
  • that a VA loan "guarantees" they can buy a home
  • that the listing agent is on their side...and will "help" them.

Eve

Dec 21, 2017 04:42 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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I have not... most of my transactions close in 30 days and often even less. For me, 40 day closing is long. I have fantastic lenders. I'm closing on a VA loan today that took about 25 days from contract date to closing date. But 10 days for any kind of loan, especially at holiday time, is a bit of a stretch.

Dec 21, 2017 04:11 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Sure kid, we can do that. Just one thing you'll need. Cash!

Dec 20, 2017 11:46 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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My VA girl can close in 3 weeks, if they already verified docs, but 10 days wold be a stretch. 

Dec 20, 2017 11:32 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

It's not going to happen unless if they are using cash.  I had something like that a long time ago.  An out of town potential buyer wanted to purchase a "bargain" home, meaning short sale or reo and needed to close in a month. They were in the process of loan modification for their current out of town home. So go figure.

Dec 21, 2017 06:29 AM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Ho, ho, ho...

Dec 21, 2017 12:48 AM
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Bob Crane
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Most people need educating.

Dec 21, 2017 12:41 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

That is 5 business days since they are expecting to close on the 29th! Many lenders work a half a day on Fridays the next two weeks also. And it's a VA. VA loans have to use the VA appraiser and it could take up to 7 days just for that. If you get the file submitted today, you'll get it underwritten by the 22nd, maybe the 26th. Lender then submits the conditions on the 27th, and gets those cleared by the 29th. So you could close by maybe the 2nd or 3th, but it's the VA appraisal that takes the longest.

Dec 21, 2017 06:20 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

I explain to every new client the average speed of the market, which changes over time. I had a VA buyer once ask me on a Monday if he could own the home he bought by Friday before he deploys?!? Yikes, that was a real short meeting. Although, I have opened escrow on a Monday and closed that Friday with a cash buyer.

Dec 21, 2017 05:55 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

What they all said plus an "Oh dear" with a shake of the head and slap to the forehead...! 

Dec 21, 2017 04:58 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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This seems to be a question that everyone asks, regardless of time of year!

Dec 21, 2017 03:11 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Paul.

Dreams vs reality, the two are weeks if not months apart.

Dec 21, 2017 02:23 AM
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Pete Xavier with X Group Real Estate Advocates
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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That happens, some have unrealistic expectations...the hope is that they soon understand reality.

Dec 20, 2017 11:47 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I always discuss the process with my buyers so I can mange their expectations. 

Dec 21, 2017 06:56 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Yes every time, i like to go over this up front to eliminate issues when FHA or VA takes 60 days to close. Yes i got a call to asking if they can be in for Jan 1, they were approved they said, with an internet lender who said they can get it done. Send them $495

Dec 21, 2017 06:01 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Merry Christmas to their dreams! Now for the reality of the situation.

Dec 21, 2017 05:24 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Of course. That is when the choices the buyer makes prove crucial. Those choices a buyer makes can harm the seller and extend time to close. So, I would advise, make your decision align with your goals. "Want to close FAST? I have the solution." 

I want to hear someone say, "Raise the bar for home buyers!"

Dec 21, 2017 05:22 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Well it ain't gonna happen! Sometimes they think it's like a rental, they just move in on a certain date. Yes have had this a few times & I'm always surprised that they think 2 weeks tops gets it done.

Dec 21, 2017 05:06 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Good luck with that on a VA.

Dec 21, 2017 04:43 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Not yet, unless a home is vacant there is usually a 60+  possession date after the offer has been signed and accted and all conditions met.  If the home is vacant I have had closings in as little as 14 days.

Dec 21, 2017 04:39 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Yes, I try to avoid 30 day closings

Dec 21, 2017 03:15 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
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Good luck with that one. Usually, the lender will give them the bad news. Either way, we always mention it.

Dec 21, 2017 03:00 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

they're dreaming.... bring them down to reality..... 

Dec 21, 2017 01:33 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Ain't gonna happen

Dec 21, 2017 09:54 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, just about every buyer I've worked with.

Dec 21, 2017 09:52 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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This kind of information should be shared with all prospective purchasers.

Dec 21, 2017 08:15 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Paul, that's a good one. Some people don't have a concept of how long something will take and just need to be informed. That is just one of the services we provide. 

Dec 21, 2017 07:39 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Yes. I am having that conversation with all agents writing an offer on a new listing of mine.  I caution them to be realistic about the time it will take given the upcoming holidays, vacation time people are taking and bank and title company closures. 

Dec 21, 2017 07:29 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH WOW, Paul! Now, THAT is a challenge...I'd explain temporary housing in addition to the lending process!

Dec 21, 2017 07:22 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

ROFL!

Dec 21, 2017 07:13 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I enjoy that conversation but always emphasize to do their parts with haste

Dec 21, 2017 07:12 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

That discussion is always a priority when financing is involved. It's a process with many steps.

Dec 21, 2017 07:02 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes.

Dec 21, 2017 06:45 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sure.  I will go over a time line as to what needs to take place.

Dec 21, 2017 04:46 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I hav e to do this all year long

Dec 21, 2017 08:22 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck

Dec 21, 2017 01:07 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Paul,

Miracles can happen, one tries their best.  I am sure you explained it beautifully.  A

Dec 21, 2017 10:52 AM
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Sam Shueh
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ha ha ha

Dec 21, 2017 08:26 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Definitely, this should be done.

Dec 25, 2017 09:52 PM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

You have to have these conversations with them, and start with when their lease expires.

Dec 23, 2017 07:07 AM