St. Petersburg FL – We received a lot of feedback from yesterday’s post. One agent said, “You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. Bank X won’t give us a response on the file and we have been waiting 5 months for an answer. How dare you suggest that I am incompetent because they haven’t replied?” (The bank was a large national bank whose name I changed for this post.) Discover how other sellers successfully did a short sale to avoid foreclosure by clicking here. First off, we are not saying that all agents are incompetent. However, we do see some agents with no experience with short sales attempting to sell them. Here is the issue. Banks do have responsibilities. In 80% of cases, the bank we negotiate with does not own the loan. That means they don’t take any of the loss from short sales that aren’t handled properly. In order to reduce losses, the people that do own the loans have laid out specific guidelines. Those guidelines state exactly how the bank should process the short sale. In addition, they give deadlines for how long it takes to process the file. For example, VA gives 45 days for a bank to process and approve or deny a short sale. If the bank doesn’t meet that requirement, then they can be fined by VA or lose their Mortgage Servicing Rights. By the way, those rights are worth $1,000 to $5,000 per loan they handle. We hold banks accountable on short sales. It is their job to handle the short sales quickly and competently. If they don’t do their job, then we let the people that own the loan know about it. 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 email@example.com. 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 727 560 2222 Discover how other sellers successfully completed a short sale and request a free consultation by clicking here. Thinking about a loan modification? Our St. Petersburg 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, Steve Busse. Steve is a Real Estate Agent at Remax AllStar. Phone: 727 560 2222. firstname.lastname@example.org. View My homes for sale at . Steve Busse specializes in loan modification assistance and short sales in Safety Harbor Florida. Safety Harbor Loan Modification Help, Safety Harbor Short Sales. Safety Harbor Short Sale Realtor. St. Petersburg FL Short Sales. St. Petersburg Realtor. Copyright 2011 SFI Marketing Institute, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Important Notice Steve Busse, Remax AllStar, and the Stop Foreclosure Institute are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the government. Our services have not been reviewed or endorse 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. We do not recommend that you stop paying your mortgage, because this will cause damage to your credit and could cause you to lose your home. 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 Busse's personal views and do not reflect the views of Remax AllStar. This information on St. Petersburg Short Sales: Do Short Sales Really Take 6-8 Months? is provided as a courtesy to our viewers to help them make informed decisions.