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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA BRE# 01499004
2553 Highland Hills Drive - El Dorado Hills CA
2553 Highland Hills Drive - El Dorado Hills CA
2553 Highland Hills Drive - El Dorado Hills CA
This Short Sale home in El Dorado Hills came on the market in March 2011. Eighteen months later and it still does not have bank approval. This is one of the great "Whys" that still stump us as Realtors regarding short sales. The two lenders on this are Suntrust for the first loan and Chase on a second. Granted it took the sellers almost 6 months to accept an offer and get it on to the banks for approval, it has still taken an additional year. Meanwhile, all the landscaping, including native oaks have died. What a shame!!!!




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Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
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DeeDee, whenever a short sale doesn't have bank approval after 18 months, chances are it will probably end up as a foreclosure. Oh well, it will eventually become a loved home for someone again...eventually! :)


Sep 23, 2012 06:37 PM #1
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, that is a shame.

And, if it was here in NY and waited 18 months, I'm sure all the pipes would have frozen and then burst and then mold. 

It really makes you wonder.

Sep 23, 2012 06:45 PM #2
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Wow, what a different in the photos DeeDee.

It is a shame that this could happen to such a great asset.

Sep 23, 2012 11:01 PM #3
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

DeeDee And then banks wonder why their local reputation stinks - there is no excuse for this

Sep 23, 2012 11:33 PM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing this sad story.  Unreasonable delays almost always lead to higher costs.

Have an outstanding week as we celebrate the beginning of autumn.

Sep 23, 2012 11:54 PM #5
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

DeeDee.... No words needed with this one.  Your photos summed it up quiet right my friend.

Sep 24, 2012 12:05 AM #6
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

DeeDee - Why, why why???  Your question is one I ask all the time.  Why is this short sale taking so long when every one else is done with theirs?  It's so sad to see a beautiful property like this one destroyed! 

Sep 24, 2012 06:56 AM #7
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

DeeDee, I have dealt with Suntrust who held the first on a short sale.  I’d like to think they have gotten better over the years … apparently my thinking is flawed. It is a shame that the darn banks and servicers can’t get it together.  Maybe the election year create inspiration for the lenders to do a better job!

Sep 24, 2012 12:30 PM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

DeeDee, this is a perfect example of banks being screwed up.  It looks like a hobbit house now.

Sep 24, 2012 01:09 PM #9
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

DeeDee what a shame.  I like the way you used the photos to show the dramatic change in eigtheen months.  What are these banks thinking?

Sep 24, 2012 03:31 PM #10
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Thank you all for you comments!

Leilani - I agree with you unfortunately.  I had buyers waiting 10 months for it and then had another offer submitted by the listing agent without us knowing that bumped my buyers out.  Might be Karma!

Debbie - Another whole set of problems. 

Tom - It really is a shame.  Custom neighborhood.  I was glad to see things make it through last summer but there was no way it could survive another one!

Karen - I agree!

Roy - They will have to totally clear the landscape and start over.

Thanks John!

Laura - It makes me crazy as it doesn't make any sense.  Look how much the value has gone down on this property.

Kathleen - When short sales first started showing up in this market and there were so many, the excuse was that they were understaffed.  We have been seeing them for 5 years at least so the banks should have figured out a system better than this by now!

Pat - They are so screwed up aren't they?!!!

Jennifer - I have no idea!  Maybe that prices will go up and they will get more? Not now that everything is dead.  The roof is shake... that will be the next thing to give!









Sep 24, 2012 04:05 PM #11
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

The trees dying are a shame, but did that have to do with the short sale?  Did they need to be watered, I don't understand the correlation on trees dying and the stubborn lenders.  A pity, nonetheless.

Sep 25, 2012 05:24 AM #12
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Hi Carla,

Yes as hot as it is here in CA, many of our shrubs and trees are drought tollerant but not to this extent.   Oaks are actually native here but if they were water for years and years they become dependent on it like these had.  Had it not taken so long, new owners could have been in there taking care of it. I blame the short sale lenders!

Sep 25, 2012 07:10 AM #13
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi DeeDee, it looked beautiful then and it need some care now. Is the seller abandoned the property?

Sep 25, 2012 12:37 PM #14
Amada Slade
Island Realty of the Lowcountry - Beaufort, SC

Good grief, how awful.  It is a huge shame. Hopefully whoever buys it will restore and nurture the garden back to its former glory.  Thanks for sharing.

Sep 30, 2012 09:03 AM #15
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
Man, I hate it when properties just sit and Run down through no fault of its own. Banker can be real scourge for re-selling.
Sep 30, 2012 09:08 AM #16
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