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Fannie Mae Artificially Inflating Home Values???? Could it Possibly Be????

Fannie Mae Artificially Inflating Home Values???? Could it Possibly Be????

Does anyone learn from past mistakes? Does this sound at all familiar to any of us who here in the real estate boom and then the bust??? 

It appears that Fannie Mae is creating their own values through their Homepath program and through their outrageously laughable counter offers to short sales! 

This is market manipulation. This is one of the reasons the real estate market crashed. So is anyone going to learn from the mistakes of the past? Or are they bound to repeat them? 

When we list a short sale we make sure to market the property at the fair market value according to comps. All agents should know how to do this. 

But Fannie Mae took away delegation authority of appraisals from the servicers and orders their own values. Let’s say we have a short sale that is listed at $189,000. How did we come up with that price? 

Well, we take into consideration the solds in that neighborhood of similar properties and we make adjustments to those sold properties based on condition of the property, pool or no pool, lake view or no lake view, etc. That determines the price. 

Once a buyer puts in their offer which will most likely in our market be full price at $189,000 we begin the negotiations on the short sale. If the investor on the property is Fannie Mae, they order a BPO on the property. 

But the Fannie Mae counter offer comes back at $263,542!!!!!! How did that happen???? Well, ordinarily we would blame the BPO agent whom Fannie Mae ordered the BPO from. 

Well, don’t attack the BPO agent so fast!!! 

Agents that we know have found out from some of these BPO agents that they were TOLD by Fannie Mae what price to come back with!!!! WTH!!!!!???!!!! 

Does this sound familiar to any of you who were in the real estate market back in 2005 and 2006???? 

Remember the mortgage brokers, lenders and banks were ordering appraisals from their buddies who would come back with appraisals of inflated values? That is why the government decided they needed to make more appraisal regulations. Those regulations included keeping the agents and mortgage brokers away from the appraisers ears. But we know that regulations always have unintended consequences because they are mostly made in haste without much though or sense. 

Fannie Mae, according to agents around the country, are telling the appraisers and BPO agents to NOT take ANY short sales or REOs into consideration in their values. So let us get this straight… you have a short sale listing and Fannie Mae does not want that short sale listing to be compared to any closed short sales???? A short sale is a short sale is a short sale…

The average out of whack counter values are about $60,000 difference between list price and appraisal price by Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae is apparently dictating the market values. There just are not that many listing agents and brokers around the country that are 60K off all the time! 

Fannie Mae does not want to do short sales and they have made this very clear through purposely inflating the values of the homes. They know darn well that even if the buyer accepts their outrageous counter offers the buyer’s lender is going to order an appraisal and that appraisal will reflect the real market value and the buyer will not be able to get the loan unless they are paying cash for the property. 

So when the deals fall apart…. Fannie Mae gets to take the property back into their asset column, cook their books some more and then offer the property up for sale through their Homepath program which guess what!!!! DOES NOT REQUIRE AN APPRAISAL!!!!!! 

Now, our next question becomes…. once that inflated market value loan is closed, do the appraisals moving forward on traditional sales and non Fannie Mae short sales reflect those inflated values? Most of the time the appraisers call us and ask us the details on our closed sales when they are evaluating the market value of a property. 

Fannie Mae gets to make up its own rules. 

Here we go…. again…. 

 

Wellington Short Sale Market Report – An Overview from 2007 to 2013

Wellington Short Sale Market Report – An Overview from 2007 to 2013.

Wellington Florida is a great place to live and is the first choice of many people moving to Palm Beach County Florida. When the South Florida market took a hit in the beginning of 2007 it affected every town in the tri-county southern part of our state. 

We started to list short sale properties at an increased pace starting in September of 2007. There were a lot of short sales in 2008 through 2010. In 2011 Wellington was getting back up and prices started to stabilize. But of course, there were still many homeowners over 50% under water. You could easily find 200 short sale listings back in 2008 and 2009. In 2012 the market turned around and the prices started to go up again but not at the toxic pace from before the bust. 

Today we are down to only 19 short sale listings for sale in Wellington. That is a huge drop. 

There are three reasons for this: 

1. The market has turned and so people are deciding to keep their homes and not selling them even though they are upside down. After all, a home is a home. It is not just an investment to many families and retirees. 

2. Many homeowners have not paid their mortgage payments in several years, some upwards of 4 years and still get to live in their homes. This is going to stop soon because of new legislation to help speed along the courts processing the foreclosures. But of course, when there is no incentive to list a home as a short sale when you can wait it out as long as possible and save up your money to move. 

3. The banks are not foreclosing on homes as fast. Wellington has a tough code enforcement division and the banks don’t want to pay the city for all the fines and code violations that REO properties are known for. 

The highest priced short sale is listed at $1,499,000 on Sea Mist located in Palm Beach Point- an awesome equestrian gated community with homes on 5 acre lots.  

The lowest priced short sale is listed at $179,900 and is an approved short sale that was just put back on the market in an older area of Wellington. 

There are two short sales available in Buena Vida a 55+ community in Wellington. This is very unusual to have a short sale in Buena Vida. One home is listed at $350,000 and the one is listed at $280,000. 

The Isles of Wellington is another nice gated community. There is one short sale available and it is an approved short sale. This home is listed at $325,000. 

There are only three short sales now listed in Olympia of Wellington. Now that is the lowest number of short sales in Olympia in years! Olympia was the short sale factory as well as heavily dominated with REOs. This is because so many people bought on speculation in Olympia. Many people including agents bought 6 to 7 homes pre-construction and flipped the properties before they were built. But many people got caught holding the bag. They could not sell those properties when the bust happened. It appears that Olympia has come out of that phase and is now doing well. 

To view all the Wellington Short Sale Listings click here. 

Should I Short Sale My Wellington Home?

Should I Short Sale My Wellington Home? 

This is one of the most frequently asked questions and also one that receives the most judgmental responses. There are many reasons why a homeowner would choose or should choose to short sale their Wellington home. Some may be laid off from work and can no longer afford their payments while others are looking at their savings- having watched it all get depleted through loss of equity in their Wellington FL home. These homeowners can no longer accept throwing their money down the drain so to speak. These are all considered in the decision of short selling your Wellington home.

The first thing you need to ask yourself and go over in your family meeting is your budget. Are you laid off from your work? Are you unemployed? If so, what are your job options and how realistic is it that you will get a job or start a business where you will be able to keep making your mortgage payments or where you can catch up if you are late.

How far behind are you on your mortgage payments if you are behind? Have you been turned down for a loan modification with your lender? If you do short sale your home, where are you going to move? Sometimes we have helped a homeowner discover that paying rent to a landlord will cost them more and get less space then trying to figure out a way to keep their home. In that situation it is not in the homeowner’s best interest to sell their home as short sales.

Do you own properties that are your investment properties but the rents are not making the mortgage payments because of the real estate market crash?

Are you thinking about just walking away from your home or property and leaving the keys on the table? 

These are many of the questions that are constantly being tossed around in a homeowner’s mind here in Wellington Florida and other places in Palm Beach County.

Most of the time doing a Wellington short sale is better than having a foreclosure against you and the judgment that the banks are entitled to after the foreclosure.

Did you know that there are some programs that you may qualify for where your lender will give you up to $20,000 in some cases and in many cases at least $3000 to help you relocate?

We can not promise that you will qualify for one of these incentive programs but the call to us is totally confidential. We will have a short sale intake evaluation with you over the phone and go over your foreclosure options with you. Call Nestor Gasset or Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 today to get your short sales questions answered.