If You Are Serious About Doing A Short Sale, Then You Might Not Want To Rent It Out!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp.

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If You Are Serious About Doing A Short Sale, Then You Might Not Want To rent It Out!


For those of you who have investment properties and were thinking of renting them out for below market rent to supplement your income while performing a short sale, let me take the time to explain the pitfalls this might have on your short sale.

First, the situation:

You either need to move or have a vacant rental property and need to perform a short sale. You get someone in who states that they will rent the place while helping you sell it. This nice new tenant is everywhere! Maybe they even sell you a sad story.

The Pitfalls of Renting this Property Out:

1. The tenant becomes hostile and does not allow any showings.

2. The tenant does not pay rent.

3. The tenant damages the property and sells everything they can (including the toilet) on Craigslist!

4. The tenant uses the property to commit crimes, such as the selling and using of narcotics. This becomes your liability!

5. The tenant violates your local Home Owner's Association rules and policies, which in turn, places possible fines onto the property.

6. The tenant sues you for breach of contract.

7. The tenant does not maintain your property, making it less likely that you will get an offer to purchase.

As a homeowner, I encourage you to think twice before allowing a tenant to rent a property in which you want to short sale.


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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good advice for sellers of short sales. Thank you for the post.

Sep 03, 2010 10:58 PM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Thoughtful and well put, thanks

Sep 03, 2010 11:25 PM #2
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Satar, good advice for owners considering a short sale.

Sep 04, 2010 01:24 AM #3
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Excellent. I know a sleazy agent in my area that does that, collects the rent. I refuse to do a deal with him.

Sep 04, 2010 02:09 PM #4
Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

Gita, James and Dan...Thanks Guys for the comments and kind words!

Missy - That's even worse when a licensed real estate agent is using their client's listing to collect rent!

Sep 04, 2010 06:11 PM #5
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I actually saw one of my sellers get in trouble for this because the bank sent them a letter stating that they had purchased the home under an owner occupied loan and now that they have only owned it a year and a half they were now renting it and they were considering mortgage fraud case against them. (Make sure you talk to a lawyer before you ever consider renting a home that is up for a short sale)

Oct 12, 2010 05:35 AM #6
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