It's Not a Costa Mesa Short Sale. Is that Better or Worse for a Buyer?

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It's Not a Costa Mesa Short Sale. Is that Better or Worse for a Buyer?


Okay, it's not a Costa Mesa short sale, why should a buyer care?  Does it matter if you're buying a home whether or not it's a short sale?  What difference does it all make any way?


If you're buying a Costa Mesa home, you may have heard that many of them are short sales, and you may be uncertain of what that means to you.


A short sale occurs when a seller owes more on his home than it's worth, and the bank agrees to accept an amount less than is owed upon sale of the home.    For more information about short sales, please see


So, what does this mean to you as the buyer? 


The Short of It:


  • Frequently less expensive than a "standard" sale
  • Typically better maintained than an REO/foreclosure
  • Sellers are typically more familiar with the home and provide disclosures
  • Long wait time for bank's decision on short sale.
  • Unlikely that repairs will be made
  • Uncertainty of whether or not offer will be accepted or countered or denied after waiting months.
The Long of It:

If you decide to purchase a short sale, you can expect to have a delay before the sale actually occurs. Typically it takes the bank between 1 to 6 months to make a decision on a short sale, with the average being about 90 days.

If you need to move into a home in a specific timeframe, ie. if you have a lease expiring or are selling your home own home, then a short sale may not be the right choice for you.

However, if you have the time to wait and have found the right home with a listing agent who understands how to properly do short sales, you may have found the best of all worlds - a great home at a great price available for those who have the patience to wait.

So it a short sale better or worse? It really depends upon your needs and your perspectives.

If you would like to know if a short sale is right for you, please give me a call at 714-319-9751 to discuss it.

If you're wondering what's for sale in Costa Mesa, please see the list below the video.


Originally posted at Costa Mesa Short Sales.



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About the author: Christine Donovan is a California Residential Real Estate Broker with experience in assisting clients buy and sell residential real estate.

Are you upside down in your home? Is it worth less than you owe? Are you concerned about making your mortgage payment? For more information see Options to Foreclosures, understanding short sales or contact me at to discuss your options.

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Christine - you've laid out the pros and cons of short sales pretty clearly, and simply. They are not right for everyone but there can be some great opportunities out there.


Jan 25, 2011 03:31 PM #1
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Christine, You've explained the the upside and downside of short sales for buyers.  Very even handed blog post.  It's true short sales can be bargains but you have to be prepared to wait!  Tni

Jan 25, 2011 04:31 PM #2
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert


Excellent summary of the pros and cons of buying a short sale. If the buyer can wait, there are opportunities out there. Sellers and buyers of short sales need a Realtor who specializes in short sales to help them navigate the process.

Jan 25, 2011 10:31 PM #3
Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX


Very nicely done. Its not an easy thing to handle a short sale correctly, hopefully a few more people now understand whats involved.


Jan 26, 2011 05:39 AM #4
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Jeff - Whether or not a buyer should consider a short sale has a lot to do with their own situation.  Also, they need to increase the possibility of success by choosing the right short sale.

Tni -  Thank you. I think there are a lot of pluses and minuses for buyers who are considering jumping in to the short sale arena, and I've seen both good and bad.

Dave - Thanks.  It definitely helps to have someone who understands short sales to walk you through the process.

Brent - I hope so.

Feb 12, 2011 08:20 AM #5
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