Vacant homes are bad for our community! Everytime I preview or show a vacant property owned by a bank I feel our community has suffered a loss. Wouldn't it have been better to have that home pass from one family to another. Wouldn't it have been better for the buyers to have disclosures from the actual owner of that home? Wouldn't the owner of that foreclosed home have benefited from consulting with a real estate agent trained to ask the right questions and help them get appropriate referrals so they can avoid unnecessary tax and legal consequences?
For quite a number of reasons, even after 18 years as a licensed real estate broker, I felt it necessary to get additional training. I am a Certified Short Sale Specialist and a Certified Pre-Foreclosure Specialist. Yes, it takes longer to get these transactions completed, but everyone benefits: buyers benefit by buying (often, at a discount) from a person rather than a corporate entity; sellers benefit by knowing that their home, though they are losing it, is passing to another family rather than going vacant and dragging down everyone elses property values and agents benefit by showing their clients all available properties so their client's get just the home.
I know this is an unpopular view and that some people have not had success with short sales. The banks are increasing the size of their short sale departments and getting much more pro-active.
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