I'm a eastside real estate agent that has been helping homeowners avoid foreclosure by assisting them with short sales in the Kirkland, Seattle, Bothell, and Eastside area. Short sales are challenging and very time consuming, but when you have the right tools, education and experience, the process seems to be easy and smooth. I have help so many families that any of them would be happy to provide a personal testimony on my services. Great informational site for short sales is www.SearchEastsideShortSales.com
The biggest question that I get from homeowners is, "how much would it cost me to sell as a short sale"? The answer... nothing. I provide a free consultation and on options, then I suggest a homeowner speak to a CPA and an attorney to better understand their options when it comes to the pros & cons of doing a short sale.
There are agencies that charge a consultation fee between $500-$2,000 were I don't charge that. I could but if a homeowner isn't able to make their mortgage payment, how could I ask them to pay me up front. Short sales are no solid guarantee, but my success rate is between 90-95% I have lots of experience and can show all of my closed short sales.'
When hiring a real estate agent to help or assist you with a short sale, ask the following questions before hiring them;
- how many short sales have you closed total and within the past 6 months
- How much do you charge for a consultation and whats your going rate
- What Banks do you work more with and why
- Please provide me with 2-3 previous homeowners that you have helped close their short sale
- what type of education or training have you had with short sales ( CDPE designation is most favorable)
- Do you have a CPA or attorney that you recommend me talk to about my options?
- Can I cancel the short sale process at anytime, if so, is there a fee/charge I will have to pay
- what is a Deficiency and how does that affect me
- what is HAFA and do I qualify for any governement programs or Bank programs