But They Told Me the Short Sale Was Already Approved!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada NV Broker License #63939

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But They Told Me the Short Sale Was Already Approved!


Original content by Renée Donohue~Home Photography B.1000860.LLC

I have a very close acquaintance that is purchasing an “approved” short sale home in another city and is frustrated.  To protect the innocent, ILas Vegas Short Sale Homes for Salewill call him “dad” from now on.

Dad called me the other day, very frustrated as mentioned, annoyed with the banks taking their sweet little time on his “approved” short sale.  He has bought the furniture and cannot understand why they cannot close on this “approved” short sale ASAP.

I had to explain several things to dad about “approved” short sales.  First of all it has to be determined at what capacity the short sale was “approved”.  Did it have a buyer that walked away?  Did the servicing company mention to the seller that there is no workout solution available to them and they should “try” toshort sale?  Did they attend foreclosure mediation (Nevada specific) and was a short sale mentioned as a possible solution?

That brings other questions:  Who is the servicing company?  Who is the investor?  How many liens?  Is the HOA current? (and so on and so forth.)

Basically none of the above matter because an “approved” short sale – no matter the scenario – still needs to be approved for the buyer specific.  New accepted buyer offers will need a new approval.

Even if it seems like a “slam dunk” situation where dad can waltz in, many things can still happen in the approval process for the new buyer:

  • HOA can go delinquent or other liens may appear
  • Vacant homes may experience deterioration or vandalism which may affect the ability of the home to be financed
  • Servicer can order a new appraisal or bpo which comes in high and can skew the whole situation
  • Servicer may not think this is an arm’s length transaction

Then the question comes up – how long will this re-approval process on a short sale take?  Well for the most part it isn’t that long, you should know within a month – typically.  But it can be anywhere from two weeks to two years.  Hope that narrows it down for you dad!

The problem with short sales is that so many shenanigans can be pulled that the banks want to make sure that everything is in place:  valid hardship, solid pricing, arm’s length & so on and so forth (again.)  Every new approval will have new price, terms & conditions that the sellers will have to sign off on.  These price, terms & conditions may have lasting consequences for the sellers and they do not have to accept the terms and conditions if they don’t like them.  This means the home may not be sold via short sale.

There are no concrete rules or answers in the short sale game (purchasing or selling).  Each short sale selling scenario is like a thumb print – no two are alike.

Unfortunately.  The only thing “short” about a short sale is the payoff amount.

Sorry dad.

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Comments (4)

Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Thank you for the reblog Michele!

Apr 10, 2011 08:59 AM
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV


You are welcome!

Apr 10, 2011 12:30 PM
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Michele--Anyone planning to purchase a short sale should read your post.  There is just nothing you can count on with a short sale---aside from some frustration.  I always make sure my clients are fully aware of this going in.

Apr 18, 2011 03:56 PM
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV
Pat, I agree. My goal is to keep my clients informed, and as frequently as possible. Understanding what it feels like to be a buyer, we just want to know, now!! Whatever it is, we just want to know. Something. Anything! Now! :-)
Apr 18, 2011 07:46 PM