Aug 072014

From the Brochure: “The Four R’s of Short Sales…and More – The Transparent Approach to a Real Estate-Related Crisis”

Homeowners… Recovering and regaining control

For answers to questions like these and many more, contact me for your free booklet,”The Four R’s of Short Sales….and More.”

Q. How do I know if my property and I may be considered for a short sale?
A. Eligibility for a short sale resolution is determined by your lender’s short sale policy. Your lender will also direct you as to what you must do to comply with their process and procedure. You can either contact your lender directly or authorize an attorney, real estate agent or other representative to contact them on your behalf.

Q. Should I contact a real estate agent?
A. Absolutely. But before selecting a real estate agent to represent you, determine whether or not they are knowledgeable about preforeclosure, foreclosure and bankruptcy options. Your agent should not be giving you advice regarding your personal financial situation.

Any real estate agent who asserts that he or she is prepared to assist you as a homeowner in a potential short sale outcome must also be willing to follow the specific administrative procedures of the particular lender involved. In addition, the real estate agent should also acknowledge that they essentially confine their guidance to determining the property’s value and how to best market the property, versus advising the homeowner on the best preforeclosure/foreclosure resolution.

Q. Am I responsible to continue to make mortgage payments if I have intentions of applying for a short sale on my property?

A. Unless you have received information to the contrary from the lender in writing, you are responsible to continue to make mortgage payments.

Q. As a homeowner, what incentive do I have to assist in the sale of my property if I am not going to receive any proceeds from the sale?
A. The authors of this publication believe that homeowners first and foremost have an ethical responsibility to expend the necessary effort to support as high a sales price as possible-even though they will not experience a financial gain-when expecting the lender(s) to forgive any and all of the homeowner’s outstanding mortgage debt.

We also believe that the higher the realized sales price, the more likely the lender will be in granting a short sale outcome for the homeowner and possibly either fully or partially waive a deficiency judgment. Moreover, we also advise homeowners to be wary of any real estate agent who, for the sake of facilitating a guaranteed sale in order to collect a commission before a property is foreclosed (ruling out any possibility of a commission), demonstrates a less-than-professional marketing commitment. Such real estate agents will often justifies this lackluster attitude by saying to a homeowner, “No matter what the home sells for, it really doesn’t affect your pocketbook-only the lenders.” This disregard for marketing on behalf of some real estate agents seeking to facilitate a short sale at all costs (but not to them) is one that lenders readily recognize.

We find that this unprofessional approach to real estate marketing, notwithstanding the special circumstances surrounding a proposed short sale outcome, is to the detriment of well-intentioned homeowners who are hopeful of gaining lender cooperation. Lender cooperation is, without question, influenced by how honorable they believe both the homeowner and the real estate agent are, despite the difficult circumstances facing the homeowner and the challenging marketplace facing the agent.

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