Not all of the time, of course, but every so often in one of my Sacramento short sales, I get stuck with a negotiator who has a bug up her butt. I use the feminine sense because it's generally a woman who is underpaid, undervalued and overworked at the bank, but it could just as well be a man, too. Although, English may be his second language. Because it's no secret that women and minorities often get the short end of the stick. But I digress.
The point is sometimes a Sacramento short sale agent may find that it's best to let go to win. Bank negotiators are famous for uttering those scary words: If you don't do X by X deadline, I will close the file. If I were in their shoes, I'd probably say the same thing. Who wouldn't want to reduce that pile of 500 files down to 499?
It's difficult to juggle a short sale file when you've got one or more sellers, a buyer's agent, one or more buyers and, if it involves fees or financing, an escrow officer who needs to prepare a new HUD. If one of those parties is computer deficient or unavailable for some reason, you're hosed. You might not get 4-hour turnaround for an addendum or other newly signed document.
I have an active contingent short sale at the moment that had 3 IRS liens filed against it. We managed to get 2 of the liens released. The third IRS lien needs a release so we can get approval from Wells Fargo. We sent the appraisal completed by Wells Fargo to the IRS. However, the IRS wants the signature page of the appraisal. Wells Fargo won't give it to them. It won't release the document the IRS requires to give Wells Fargo the document it wants. It's a Catch-22. On top of that, Wells Fargo is insisting that we produce the release in two days or it will close the file.
The icing on the cake is the IRS won't issue an opinion. The seller and title both have called the IRS. The response received from the IRS is it will look at the file when it's good and ready to look at it. There is no priority at the IRS. Well, you expect that kind of attitude from a government with a mind-boggling budget deficit that has spun out of control but not from a struggling banking institution that is accountable to stockholders like Wells Fargo.
Go ahead. We'll open a new file and the seller will pay for an independent appraisal, which will contain a signature page for the IRS. And we'll get a new negotiator assigned at Wells Fargo who will work with us to get this short sale closed.
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