Short Sales: How to know when the short sale negotiator is lying to you.

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Tacoma

Hi! This is Nathan Olotoa from Today I want to talk about Short Sales: How to know when the short sale negotiator is lying to you.

- Negotiating short sales is tough. In my opinion, some of the banks are not making good financial decisions. "We won't approve the file without the financials completely filled out," they say.

Or, they tell you the numbers won't work when the investor guidelines actually say to approve the short sale. If the agent doesn't know who owns the loan (or their short sale guidelines), then the bank negotiators can lie to them. They don't know any better. Let me give you an example.

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The Stop Foreclosure Institute recently closed a short sale that where the owner of the loan was the Federal National Mortgage Association, also called Fannie Mae.

The bank's appraiser said the home was worth 220k. Because of prior experience with Fannie Mae Short Sales, I knew what they would accept as a percentage of the value. The short sale offer being presented would net them $6,000 more than that number.

The negotiator countered. She said the buyers needed to pay even more for the house. We asked the buyers if they would raise their offer.

They told us that it was their highest offer. They had looked at a bunch of other homes for sale. If their offer wasn't accepted they already had another home in mind that they would purchase.


Most agents don't know the guidelines for short sales. They would have taken the short sale negotiator at face value. As a result, the short sale would have been rejected.

The buyer would have bought the other house and the seller would be at risk of losing the home to foreclosure.

Fortunately, we knew the short sale guidelines. Because we knew the numbers and the guidelines, we were able to push the negotiator for an approval. The file was approved and the sale closed a little while later.

Thinking about a short sale? I can help you short sale your property and never pay the bank another penny. Send me an e-mail at I will contact you for a free consultation.

When we talk, I will explain how the process works in detail. If you prefer, then you can call me at 253-310-1177.

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Thanks for reading this, Nathan Olotoa.

Nathan is a Real Estate Broker at Keller Williams-Tacoma.

Phone: 253-310-1177.

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