How Does the Realtor Get Paid On A Short Sale

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Action
IL – A potential home seller asked The Stop Foreclosure Institute how we get paid on a short sale transaction. So I decided to answer that question in today’s blog post. Here is how most Realtors get paid on a short sale. They make a real estate commission from the sale of the property. When the property sells a percentage of the sales price is paid as a commission. Discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale to avoid foreclosure by clicking here. Man sellers mistakenly think that since there is no equity in the property, then there is no way for the agent to be paid. In this situation the seller’s lender pays the commission. They are willing to pay a commission on a short sale because if the property is foreclosed upon, not only will the property sell for less money, but they will also have to pay a commission on the sale of the foreclosed property. Here is an example. You owed $500,000 on your home. The home is now worth $400,000. After real estate commissions, attorney fees, property taxes, sales taxes, and other miscellaneous fees, your lender will net $370,000. Most people would be horrified at losing $130,000. However, lenders know there is risk in their business. They grant loans knowing that a certain percentage of them go bad. After they have realized that a loan has gone bad, all they want to do is reduce their losses as much as possible. So they will sit down and calculate the losses on their different options. We all know the short sale will net them $370,000. How much will a foreclosure net them? Let’s run the numbers. If the house is worth $400,000, then it will probably sell for 10% less after a 12 month foreclosure process. So they have a sales price of $360,000. Now, they have to add in real estate commissions, attorney fees, sales taxes, and all the other costs. They could end up netting around $310,000 after the foreclosure. Accepting the $370,000 on the short sale and paying the realtor is a good alternative. Therefore they are glad to accept it and pay us to sell the property. 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 and answer any questions you may have. Or, if you prefer, you can call me at (847) 338-0180 Discover how other sellers successfully completed a short sale and request a free consultation by clicking here. Thinking about a loan modification? Our loan modification kit has the instructions you will need to get a loan modification approved with your bank. Click here to request a copy. Thanks for reading this, Dennis Toomey. Dennis is a Real Estate Broker at RE/MAX Action. Short Sales Realtor: Phone: (847) 338-0180. For Real Estate that's hassle free, just pick up the phone and leave it TOoMEy! View My homes for sale at Dennis Toomey specializes in loan modification assistance and short sales in Elgin Illinois. Elgin Loan Modification Help, Elgin Short Sales. Elgin Short Sale Realtor IL Short Sales. Realtor. Copyright 2011 SFI Marketing Institute, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Important Notice Dennis Toomey, RE/MAX Action, and the Stop Foreclosure Institute are not associated or affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the government. Our services have not been reviewed, endorsed, or approved by the government or your lender. Most lenders willingly work with agents on short sales. Why? Because most short sales are beneficial to a lender. If you accept our offer to help you on a short sale, your lender may not agree to a short sale or to modify your loan. We do offer a loan modification kit. However, the likelihood of negotiating a modification is like everything else in life. It takes work and persistence to convince your lender to modify your loan. No matter what you or we do, your lender may not approve a loan modification. If you stop paying your mortgage, then you could lose your home and damage your credit. Because we know avoiding foreclosure is so important to any homeowner, we recommend that you speak with the appropriate legal or tax advisor before making any decision. This is not intended as legal, technical, or tax advice. Please speak with a licensed professional before making any decision. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed as of the date of writing. You have the option to reject a short sale or loan modification from your lender if it does not meet your approval. If you decide not to go thru with the short sale, then you do not have to pay us our fee. We normally make a real estate sales commission for helping you on a short sale. The views expressed here are Toomey's personal views and do not reflect the views of RE/MAX Action. This information on How Does the Realtor Get Paid On A Short Sale is provided as a courtesy to our viewers to help them make informed decisions.

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