Being Held Hostage By 2nd with 5th/3rd

Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Short Sales Group, LLC

Wow! It is amazing to me that some of the deals you think will go quick and easy(FHA short sales) turn in to a huge ordeal when you have an uncooperative 2nd lender, or mitigator.  We have a deal we got approved on the first with Citi that is FHA which are easy deals to get done, but the caveat is Fifth Third wont do a full settlement on the 2nd for the $2,500 allowed under FHA guidelines.  Not always a big problem but the seller wants it settled and not looming in the darkness to creep up at some unknown time in the future.  So 5th/3rd wants a note for the full balance no interest paid over 10 years.  Why would a seller want to pay for ten years on an asset they don't own anymore?  Most banks(obviously not Fifth Third) will give you a full settlement proposal that may or may not work into the deal.  I asked the mitigator is there an amount that you could do a full settlement for?   He tells me he can get it done for $3000 more or a full settlement for $5,500.  I relay this to the seller who says he can borrow it from family so the deal is settled.  I tell the mitigator lets go with the $3,000 contribution from the seller, but alas he comes back and says management wants $7,500 for a full settlement.  "What?!?  You suggest the amount to me and I go get that approved by the seller and you then say I want $2k more."  What world do these mitigators live in?  So the buyer and seller are waiting to get this worked out and I send an email and call this bonehead mitigators supervisor to try to make this deal work.  I am currently waiting on a return call or email so stay tuned....

Comments (4)

Elizabeth Melvin
RE/MAX Revealty - Columbus, OH

That's stressful just reading about it..

Mar 10, 2010 03:09 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

The advice that you have given us is so good.   Thanks for being  candid  and sharing it with us.


Mar 16, 2010 10:17 AM
Jason Childs
The Short Sales Group, LLC - Commerce, MI
The Negotiation Ninja

So here is the update... We got an approval from the 2nd but the caveat was that the seller has to pay $5,000.00 additional for the full settlement of the loan.  My seller went and borrowed the money from family so we can get the deal down.  I am truly thankful he had someone in place to step up to the plate.  We are scheduled to get it closed within 3 weeks.  I will update the progress...

Mar 19, 2010 03:53 AM
Lisa Coates
Level Ten Construction Consultants - Halifax, NS
Residential Home Sales Specialist

Well Jason, it's almost June...did it close?

May 16, 2010 11:30 AM