Short Sales: Short Sale specialists in Philadelphia for those behind on their mortgage.

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What is a Short Sale ?


Short Sales in PhiladelphiaA short sale is when your bank agrees to accept a lower payoff than what they are owed in order to approve a sale of the property.

Short sales are becoming increasingly common as the housing crisis has accelerated and many home values have depreciated since an owner purchased.  In all these cases, the value of what a house can be sold for is less than what it is worth.

In our Philadelphia real estate market, we have noticed that the average realtor will list a property for way over what it is worth in hoping that it sells.  Of course, it rarely does and even if an agreement does come in, chances are it will not appraise.   The better solution is to look at the circumstances to determine if the house should be marketed as a short sale candidate.


Without going into too much detailed discussion, the process is extremely complicated and time-consuming.  But it can be very beneficial to a seller who is in desperation and does not want their credit ruined as a result of a foreclosure and very beneficial to a buyer who has an opportunity to procure a property below market value.  As real estate agents, we have successfully completed many short sales for our clients who were so appreciative of the outcome.  In several cases, their properties were even listed with prior realtors (in one case 3 prior realtors) who never even explored the option of doing a short sale.

Typically for a short sale to be approved a seller has to have a level of hardship and is behind on their mortgage.  Although we did have one short sale approved for a seller who never missed a payment on her Northern Liberties condo, but had a case of extreme hardship due to her husband passing away.

Are you in a predicament where a short sale may be your best option ?  If so, contact Chris and Stephanie Somers at 215-400-2612 or to discuss further.

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my compliments! best looking and most user friendly web or blog site i've seen in years!!!

Sep 21, 2008 09:37 AM #1
Richard Stabile
Re/Max Real Estate Limited - Oradell, NJ
Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor

Christopher and Stephanie:

The public needs to know their are proper procedures to get to the goal of making a successful sale.


Sep 21, 2008 11:43 AM #2
Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA

IL Realtor - thank you for the compliment !  We have worked hard on both our website and blog, making them user-friendly and providing relevant and informative content.

Richard - You are right.  Most agents do not even know the proper procedures so it can mystify the public.  Short sales are hard and complex.  But when done correctly, can really benefit all the parties involved.


Sep 22, 2008 01:13 AM #3
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Great advice for consumers and realtors alike. I especially like how you layed it out so i concur with IL REALTOR"s comments as well.  Keep up the great work you 2!

Sep 26, 2008 05:43 PM #4
Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA

Castellum - thanks !  The short sales are very tricky and a LOT of work !  But they can certainly help fulfill a clients goal.  And in some cases, they are the only option that is overlooked by other realtors.

Matt - Glad you enjoy our site.  We appreciate the feedback.

Sep 30, 2008 12:08 PM #5
Mike Davis
Keller Williams Realty, Augusta Partners - Evans, GA
Realtor, Selling Buying Homes Fort Gordon, Hephzibah, Augusta, Evans

thanks for the information about short sales


Oct 01, 2008 07:11 PM #6
Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA

Mike - thanks !  Short sales are definiitely more and more in common and will continue that way for awhile.

Oct 02, 2008 01:02 PM #7
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

It is amazing to me but people ask me all the time what a short sale is. How can you bebreathing and not know what a short sale is? But folks don't so this is a great post.

Oct 22, 2008 02:39 PM #8
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