Equator, BOA Short Sale Redemption?

Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker, Vanguard Realty

The last time I wrote was several months ago. Frustrated with the lack of process on behalf of the banks.

 I felt that if we, as agents, doing any kind of volume we needed to hire an outside source to sit on the phone, or refax documents all day. That required giving up a portion or percent of our commission while at the same time we had to sell the house 3 times before wee got the approval letter. 3x's more market time, 5 x's more work and sometime 33% less money in economy where it is already hard to survive. WHY?

We don't even get into the banks motivation to do or not do short sales based on where the make more money. (is Foreclosing) My point is no processes at all the where orchestrated to work with the real estate community. Remember the one they required the sellers to list their home with.

Much has changed. The banks overall are moving quicker. BOA/Countrywide short sales caused an across the board Ugh.. Now with Equator I am seeing some measurable results. It's my understanding that they hope to funnel them all through this process.

I have several in various stages. I have gone from 2-3 months from submittal of a complete package to getting the appraisal/BPO completed to 3 weeks. I got an approval on a property in 7 weeks. This is BOA mind you.

What I like about the program is you submit all documents. You can look and see them and so can they. No confusion there. It alerts you to exactly were you are and the negotiator responds in a timely manner to your internal emails.

I like many agents have been ready to pull my hair out at times during this transition in our industry. I am pleased to see what is actually~ real progress.


Kim Knapp


904-334-7425 (anytime)

Do it Right, Keep it Real!  

Top Agent Northeast Florida

Top Agent Vanguard Realty


Comments (3)

Kim Dove
Watson Realty Corp - Jacksonville, FL
Realtor - Jacksonville FL

Hi Kim! Thank goodness BOA is finally getting their acts together. I believe that there is still room for improvement but this is a small victory.

Feb 14, 2010 11:42 PM
Patty Keller
AnotherME, LLC - Atlanta, GA
AnotherMe - 770-414-9393 - RE Virtual Assistant

Kim - I agree, the Equator (REOtrans) system at Bank of America is much better.  And I've also found there's a difference in the support and updates we receive from the different service centers.  (the one in TN is the best!)

Feb 14, 2010 11:49 PM
Ariana Loucas
RE/MAX Specialists - Columbia, MD

Equator is a rip off.

I joined Equator.com in Jan. I paid the expensive fee for Platinum ranking, and I have been paying around $40 per month for BPO opportunities in the zip codes where I work. For 2 months I received email notices that new BPOs are available. All of a sudden I stopped receiving email notices and I hadn't changed a thing in my settings.

Now granted, anyone working with Equator knows that BPOs are posted the 2nd of each month, around 10:02am eastern time. So of course since it's first come first serve, everyone and their mother is logged in and refreshing the screen to snag the 3 bpos that may become available out of 40 zip codes I pay to get bpo business. Now sometimes a BPO will be posted mid month, and not everyone is logged in for the rat race like they are the 2nd of the month, so if I got the email from equator as I should, stating a new bpo has become available, maybe I'd have a shot at getting that mid month post, but I'm not receiving the email notices.

I called customer service for the 3rd time to complain about this. The rep, after basically calling me a liar and telling me he has no other calls noted for me, proceeds to blame my email provider, as did the other 2 reps on my prior complaints to their customer service. When I said I get emails from everyplace else, and used to get them from equator, how is it verizon.net as the problem. I even tried changing my email address I use a few months ago and still nothing received from equator month over month.

The customer service rep suggested I add an alternate email address. I asked him "Ok so if I try that, and it still doesn't work, since that's your only suggestion, come Aug. 2nd for the next BPO post, or if you happen to add another one this month, and if I still don't get the email notice of availalbe BPOs, will you credit back the money I'm paying you monthly to get those notices of BPOs in my selected zip codes?". He said "NO." I warned him that I would be sharing this info in the Bank of America short sale seminar, with Activerain for fellow agents, and any place else I can. He still offered no remedy.

So do yourself a favor, save yourself the time and money. Don't pay the expensive fee for Platinum or any membership fees. If you get a short sale to post on Equator, you can do that for free, so don't pay with the expectatin that you'll get REO or BPO opportunities because you will not make a return on your investment. I've only gotten 4 bpos, that never resulted in me getting a REO listing, and at a sad pay of $50 per bpo, and with me paying over $400 for the membership and $40 monthly for my selected bpo zip codes, I have no roi (return on my investment.)

Hourly, I'm worth far more than $50 for the time it takes to even complete a BPO. With such poor customer service, and lack of intent on Equator's side to right the wrong of their inferior technology system, other than blaming your email provider, I hope this post will save some fellow Agents money, and wasted time.


Jul 22, 2010 08:15 AM