Shady Sales or Short Sales

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cam Realty and Property Management

Shady Sales or Short Sales

I wish I could say short sale listings are behind us but we are not there yet. Although Clermont FL real estate market is no longer driven my Short Sale and REO/Bank Owned listings, they are out there.

As a buyer or a homeowner having to list your house is a short sale, it is essential for you to work with a REALTOR® who has extensive Short Sale experience. Take my advice on this, you’ll thank me.

What do I mean by Shady Short Sales?

Do I have proof they are shady? It's very easy to follow the transaction and figure out what really happened. My question is do banks like Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America really care?

I spoke to a homeowner who is having to list her house as a Short Sale. After talking to her for about ten minutes and asking the right questions, I knew I couldn’t help her. She doesn’t want to move out of her house, she would like to buy some time and that doesn’t work for me. That’s shady. My heart goes out to all who are in this position, however, I list homes to get them sold.

Not all shady business is on the selling side but could be on the mortgage side as well. Have you ever tried to see a short sale listing and couldn’t only to find out it was under contract and the buyer’s agent was also the listing agent? A straw buyer comes to mind!

Then there are those where the home is listed by the Broker but the selling agent’s contact from beginning to end is the Realtor who’s also on the mortgage..hmm..shady sale or short sale? You decide!

Purchasing a home is probably one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime, why take chances and why have a bad experience? Select an agent who is going to work for you by going above and beyond.

We all have our ups and downs in life, if you are behind your mortgage payments, don’t add a Foreclosure to your credit report. You do have options. Did you know you can purchase a home two years after a short sale with a conventional loan and if you wait three years, you may qualify for an FHA loan.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Clermont, Minneola, Groveland, Winter Garden areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. Call or text 407-929-1852, email or visit

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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I tell them they can live there while I workout the short sale. I'll see if they can get some Relocation Money from their bank. If that's not good enough then they are just looking to live it out in the house as long as they can & I'm not interested in that. I don't however judge those looking to ride it out. There are reasons & sometimes it benefits them to, but that's a whole other conversation. 

Nov 10, 2017 09:05 AM #17
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Beth very good exposing the shady sides to short sales.  Thankfully we don't have many anymore in my area but we ran into every scenario you mentioned above - and it was frustrating at times but we learned to navigate the short sale waters quickly.

Nov 10, 2017 09:54 AM #18
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Beth,  Shady and arms-length come to my mind.  There is still a lot of dishonest and unethical people out there ... 

Nov 10, 2017 10:55 AM #19
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Beth - It takes a true professional to navigate those waters and find a positive outcome for their clients, and I've always been in awe of your ability to provide that. Have a great weekend!

Nov 10, 2017 11:18 AM #20
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There is no doubt that you understand the nature of short sale, and good for you for exposing the shady side.  A

Nov 10, 2017 11:52 AM #21
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Beth Atalay Way back in the '0[8 Era of Short Sales, we did have one self-serving agent who manipulated a purchase of one of our listings and it turned out he was in cahoots with the Wells Fargo asset manager. I reported him, but nothing ever came out of it. Guess the thieves still get away with their crimes.

Nov 10, 2017 12:08 PM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a bummer to hear this stuff is still going on. :( Shady anything doesn't fly. Transparency is everything in this business. 

Nov 10, 2017 01:09 PM #23
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I believe it to be fact that Chase, B of A and Wells Fargo truly don't care about anything other than their bottom line.

Nov 10, 2017 01:57 PM #24
John Van Hogen
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Beaverton, OR

Just a handful of short sales exist in the Portland market Beth. Some are 'shady' deals for sure, but some are owners who made an unfortunate choice and/or bad decision. Always seems to be someone ready to put their interests before the client's.

Nov 10, 2017 02:14 PM #25
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Beth Atalay ,

Yes Beth we don't list houses unless they can be sold. SS are a pain because of the trauma the sellers are going through but they need to play that card.

Nov 10, 2017 06:44 PM #27
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Beth-Good for the honest agents who can help people in a short sale situation but I don't intend to do this type of sale because of the foot dragging by the lenders who don't communicate with the agents or the short sale negotiators.

Nov 10, 2017 07:38 PM #28
Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!

I feel for you if your market is still short sales.  For a while those were the only properties for sale.  Glad to say I don't see many these days.

Nov 10, 2017 07:48 PM #29
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It would be to our best interest to steer clear of the shady sales.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 10, 2017 08:05 PM #30
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on a well deserved feature on your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 10, 2017 08:06 PM #31
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  interestingly I loved Sally K. & David L. Hanson  comment,  just to be clear I never bothered but had I turned this guy into the FBI I still do not believe it would be taken care of... just look at what is going on at the highest political level... just sayin...Endre

Nov 10, 2017 09:20 PM #32
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Each morning, I want to be able to look myself in the face Beth Atalay and be happy with what I see.  I leave  "Shady" alone ... 


Nov 11, 2017 08:12 AM #33
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Beth Atalay,  You come up with a excellent topic and you tell it like it is which is what I like about you always.

Nov 11, 2017 08:42 AM #34
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Beth, I think the best point you make in your post is:ASK THE Right Questions.

We can often get so excited about getting a listing that we miss critical information that really say: You don't need this listing it is not for you.

I also agree that people that have a situation that requires a Short Sale, should use an experienced agent to guide them through the process.

Nov 11, 2017 11:14 AM #35
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Beth Atalay - I really feel for your situation. We had asmall amount in outlying areas but they are almost non-existent now.

The big banks don't care and yes, there are a lot of shady things going on with some ot these homes. 

Nov 11, 2017 12:26 PM #36
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very smart advice.  I stay away from those situations, too.  It's funny how people think that's legal and don't understand that just telling someone outloud is a bad idea!

Nov 12, 2017 07:23 PM #37
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