Currently there are 142 homes listed as short sales in the Gainesville Florida area. They range in price from $69,000 all the way up to $649,900 for a 4500+ square foot executive pool home.
What is a short sale, and why should I care?
A short sale happens when a homeowner ends up owing more on the home than it is currently worth in today's marketplace, and the lender is willing to take less than what the homeowner owes.
Why would a lender want to do that? Because they will be able to collect more money than if the homeowner ends up going into foreclosure and/or bankruptcy.
Why is a short sale a "good" thing for sellers? "Good" here is a relative term, because being in a "short sale" position is not a situation that would give any seller the warm fuzzies. Knowing you can no longer afford your house, and knowing you will have to make other plans for your family while not knowing for sure what those plans will be is a stressful position for anybody to find themselves in. But a "short sale" is "good news" for sellers, because if they are able to sell their home before the bank reposesses it, their credit is dinged for 2-3 years, as opposed to 7+ years in a foreclosure situation.
Why is a short sale a "good" thing for buyers? Buyers generally get a lot more house for their money in a short sale situation, because these properties are usually very competitively priced in order for the sellers to unload them before they end up in foreclosure. Although there are a lot less short sale properties available in the Gainesville Florida market than in other parts of the country, there still are plenty to choose from.
How do I buy a short sale?
1 - Find a Realtor who has experience working with short sales. As a Certified Distressed Property Expert, I am well-versed in what it takes to buy and sell short sales in today's Gainesville, Florida real estate market.
2 - Get pre-approved. No short sale offer will be considered without a pre-approval or a proof of funds letter. If you have not yet been preapproved by a local lender and are not sure who to call, please feel free to contact me and I will provide you with the names of some lenders that I deal with regularly in our area.
3. Be patient! Once you submit an offer that is approved by the seller, the seller has to then submit your offer to their lender to see if the lender will accept the offer as well....remember, in a short sale situation the lender is agreeing to accept less than what the homeowner owes on the mortgage.....and the lender is going to do whatever they can to minimize the amount of that loss to their bottom line. Parting with their profits is not something that comes easy to lenders.....so it takes awhile to find out if they are willing to take the level of financial beating that is inherent in the amount you are offering. Sometimes the wait can be up to 60 days....sometimes more (though this is becoming less prevalent). Look at the frustrating wait time as the price you pay for getting the chance to get a home you might not otherwise be able to afford.
Cool! What am I waiting for? The heck if I know! Give me a buzz at 352-359-2797 to find out more about short sales in Gainesville and to arrange a tour of the properties that will work for you.