Although the word “short” in Wellington short sales technically refers to the decrease in the home’s selling price, most people nevertheless assume that it may also means a minimal waiting period – or maybe even none – for its processing. Unfortunately, the opposite’s more often true than not and here are the five most common reasons for it.
You are your own worst enemy. No doubt you’ve heard that line before, and it certainly applies to the short sale process. Short sales can be pretty distressing and especially when you find it particularly hard to admit to financial difficulties in your hardship letter. Just be reminded that the longer you delay the inevitable, more debt would be piling up on your doorway.
Banks don’t always have in-house professionals capable of appraising the fair market value of your property. Most of them contract appraisers to do this, and if they are dealing with a very busy appraisal company then that means more waiting on your part. In other cases, a BPO or broker price opinion is used instead. This, however, can also consume a lot of time.
Mortgage Insurance Company
Getting approval from the bank is hard enough as it is, but that’s just the beginning. The second hurdle in getting Wellington short sales approved will be to get a nod from your property’s mortgage insurance company instead. Paperwork that you get from the bank will have to be submitted to insurance companies. If you are lucky, you could have those papers reviewed and approved in several weeks. The average, however, would be around thirty to forty-five days.
Last but not the least, there’s the bank to consider. Banks play a very integral role in the short sale process and if they don’t give their green light to the deal then nothing would happen. Unfortunately, even if they do want the short sale to push through as quickly as possible as well, it still doesn’t end up that way.
If you’ve followed recent foreclosure reports, you may have noticed that a lot of banks are under fire for not showing up in mediation sessions with all the required paperwork. Well, it’s the same with the short sale process.
As you can see, even if you have a really good realtor working for you there are just some things in the Wellington short sales process that is entirely out of his or her hands.
If your Wellington short sale agent has told you that the value of your property makes a short sale imperative, one of your first reactions could be shock or denial. Many homeowners are resistant about the idea of short selling their home as it could mean a tediously long process of negotiation with their lender as well as the risk of selling at a loss. Nevertheless, there comes a point in time when you need to learn how to let go of a home that’s steadily draining your bank account – and shows no signs of stopping from doing so.
If you want to confirm what you have learned so far from your short sale agent, you should consider asking the following people about it.
Again, you can ask either your personal accountant or anyone you know who’s in the accounting profession. Accountants take into consideration your financial standing. They can help you understand just how long you can probably last before you start having trouble paying the bills, and it’s all because of your decision to stick with a property that is no longer financially practical to hold on to. Of course, you are going to need a place to live so you will need to figure that out to.
Financial Manager or Adviser
If you have someone managing your finances, you can definitely ask him or her about whether it’s a good time to short sell your home. It’s possible that your financial manager may have long thought of the same thing but refrained from broaching the topic out of concern for your personal feelings about it.
People you know who had previous success with short sales
Last but not the least you can confirm what your Wellington short sale agent is telling you by asking advice from family members, friends, and neighbors who had previous experience with short sales. They may even have some particularly helpful insights to share about the process and the kind of advice that may make it easier for you to adjust to the idea of short selling your home.
What is a Wellington Short Sale?
We created this very short 2 minute video for you to answer the question: What is a short sale?
Short sales have been around since the origin of the mortgage and loans for homes- properties and other tangibles and non-tangibles. But most people had not really heard what a short sale is until the real estate bust in 2007. Most real estate agents did not know what a short sale was until recently either. Most homeowners did not know what a short sale was and many homeowners still don’t know that a short sale is a great option to foreclosure in many circumstances.
If you are looking for an easy way to explain what a short sale is this video is simple, fast and straight to the point.
Contact Nestor Gasset or Katerina Gasset for a confidential short sale interview to go over your short sale options and avoid foreclosure today.
Authored by Katerina Gasset
We take pride in closing our short sales and treating our sellers with dignity, respect and empathy as they deal with this chapter in their lives. It is great to help sellers close this door and move on with their lives. With tenacity and assertive proactive actions we make sure that the short sale lenders understand our sellers’ positions and see that it is in everyone’s best interest to not go down the foreclosure path.
Here is another testimonial from one of our short sale sellers that we closed on:
Dear Nestor and Katerina,
I am writing this letter to express my complete satisfaction and gratitude for helping me short sale my property. I cannot thank you enough for helping me through my short sales process. You guys have gone above and beyond what I had expected and have made me feel as if I was a dear friend and not another client. I am especially pleased with the professional service you and your staff provided me, it has been first class. Your knowledge and timeliness has saved me time and money. I could not believe how quickly you worked to get my property sold. I am happy to recommend International Properties and Investments to any that ask, confident that they will experience the same satisfaction in service that I have.
Not paying your HOA Fees is the #1 Killer of Short Sales and Deed in Lieus.
Many homeowners who are behind in their mortgage payments are also behind in their HOA fees. When we take on a short sale listing it is very important for the seller to understand the ramifications of NOT paying HOA fees.
In the state of Florida the HOA can foreclose on you, they can lock you out of the pool and clubhouse, they can evict you after the foreclose on you and rent your condo or property out, they can deny you access through the gate.
And the HOA can do this very fast. Many people here are being told by their agents, by their attorneys and by their friends and family members that their HOA can not foreclose because the first bank, the main lien holder, is in first position and if your bank has not foreclosed the HOA can’t. Well, that is NOT TRUE.
The HOA can foreclose on you subject to the first lien holder. They don’t need your bank to foreclose on you first or at all.
If you are planning on doing a short sale then you should do all you can to keep up with your HOA payments. If you are far behind and the HOA has their legal council contacting you- make some arrangements to pay towards the part you are behind.
If your HOA fees get too high, your lender is not going to approve those to be paid out of the net loss they are getting at closing.
If you want to do a deed in lieu you have to be current with your HOA fees or you have to negotiate with your lender to pay a portion of those fees for you because you must give clean title in a deed in lieu.
Attorneys tell us that for deed in lieu- the number one killer is the homeowner being behind in their HOA payments.
Most every attorney we know that understands the short sale process advises their clients that even if they are not making their mortgage payments they should keep current with their HOA payments.
We are not attorneys and we are not giving you legal advice. Consult an attorney if you are behind in your HOA payments.
If you or someone you know is behind in their payments consider a Florida short sale.Contact Nestor or Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 today for your private confidential interview to go over your short sale options.
Florida Foreclosure Update- Banks Must Prove They Own Your Note!
The 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled that the banks must prove they own your note before they can foreclose on your property.
This ruling may force the banks to dismiss some of their cases against homeowners and go back to start the foreclosure process over again after they get possession of the real note. This is good news for homeowners in the state of Florida- they get to have their day in court in order to prove their case. This of course, is also good for foreclosure defense attorneys and it is also good for Florida short sale agents because it gets us some more time to get a short sale approved for sellers who want to move on with their lives.
The Florida Supreme Court decided to take a case that had already gone to foreclosure. The bank had the note backdated ( allegedely) when they went to court against the homeowner. Even though the homeowner had lost his home the court still wanted to rule on this case because they said it would impact the foreclosure crisis in the state of Florida.
Then after that decision, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled on the matter of the banks having to prove ownership of the notes they are foreclosing on.
Thousands of homeowners have said that the banks did not have the original note in their cases. Most of the banks end up finding the note before the final disposition of the foreclosure summary judgment but the appeals court ruled that the banks have to have ownership and prove ownership before they can even get started in filing a foreclosure summons and complaint against a homeowner.
The court said that if the bank has any doubt about the note, they should dismiss the case and then refile it later once this is resolved. The homeowner is entitled to an evidentiary hearing instead of the summary judgment hearing.
The summary judgment should not be used in cases where the homeowner wants a hearing. Summary judgments are not that common except in foreclosure cases.
Contact a Florida foreclosure defense attorney for futher information. We are not attorneys and we are not giving legal advice.
There are options to foreclosure. Contact Nestor and Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone evaluation to go over your options to foreclosure.
Wellington Short Sale Agents Help Homeowners- Testimonial Video- Hear What Clients Say
This is one of the more emotional testimonials we have received after completing a Wellington Short Sales for homeowners who were in foreclosure.
Wellington short sale agents– Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset understand what you are going through when you are up against losing your house. We understand that this is a normal process in this economy through no fault of most homeowners. We understand how to work with your banks in order to come to the best conclusion of this part of your life as possible.
Make sure you ask for testimonials from homeowners who actually have done a short sale with the agent you are going to list with. We list short sales throughout Palm Beach county, Broward and Miami/Dade counties. Don’t just read and accept testimonials from buyers and sellers that are not about short sales. Make sure that the homeowners you are reading about had a short sale that was listed and sold.
Bank Of America Extends Florida Cash Incentive For Short Sales
Bank of America has a program to help short sales move along that is being piloted here in Florida. If your loan is being serviced by Bank Of America you had until November 30th to apply for up to $20,000 cash incentive to you, the homeowner at the successful closing of a short sale on your home. The incentive program is $5000 to $20,000.
This cash incentive is based on the amount of money you owe on your mortgage and you do not have to be late on your payments in order to begin the process of seeing if you qualify for the cash incentive.
Bank of America has extended the deadline to apply for the Florida Short Sale cash incentive to December 12, 2011. So you still have another week or so to get your request into Bank Of America. Call us because we can help you get this process going for your short sale.
In order to qualify for this program you CAN NOT have an offer on your property. We initiate the short sale and make the request. You must close on your short sale by August 12, 2012. You must also be eligible for either the HAFA program or the Bank of America Proprietary program.
The eligible short sellers will also be granted deficiency waivers in this program.
The following are NOT ELIGIBLE for this program:
ONLY FLORIDA Properties are ELIGIBLE.
Contact Nestor Gasset or Katerina Gasset at 561-753-0135 right now to get your file moving so you can see if you qualify for the short sale relocation assistance.
Wellington Short Sales – You Can Do A Short Sale Even If You Don’t Think You Can
Many times you get advice from your family, friends and associates at work. Sometimes their advice is based on hear say and sometimes it is based on past events that have taken place in their own lives. In 2007 the short sale market really started to happen here in Wellington Florida but most agents and most sellers and most people did not even know what a short sale was. The banks did not even know how to handle them and were ill equipped to take on the enormous case load of thousands upon thousands of short sale files that hit their loss mitigation departments across the country from Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada.
So many of the stories you hear about how a short sale was done in 2007 is way different that how they are handled today in 2011 and into 2012. It used to be as I have written in many of our earlier articles on short sales that you had to have a hardship to do a short sale. That is not always the case any more. In fact, some lenders are not even asking to see your financial statements any more. Some lenders are paying your moving expenses up to $20,000 at your short sale closing.
We have been getting sellers who have old WAMU loan and old Wachovia loans up to $20,000 at the closing. This is sometimes a dream come true and a huge surprise to sellers who are so upside down. Just imagine what twenty grand can help you- you can even put a down payment down on another property through an FHA loan if you relocated because of your employment and you were not late on your mortgage payments or you were only late because your bank told you they would not process your Wellington Short Sale unless you were late.
Times have changed. We are not attorneys and we are not giving you legal advice. We have great attorneys that work with us, that we confer with, that our sellers can hire if they choose to and that we help in short sale situations.
Wellington Short Sales Where Cash Is King!
Does having an ALL CASH offer on a Wellington short sale listing give you an advantage?
Yes, it does!
Cash is King and there are many reasons why having an ALL CASH buyer or if you are the buyer, an ALL CASH offer on a short sale listing in Wellington Florida. As long as the cash offer is a reasonable offer there are benefits to having ALL CASH to close.
1. When you have an ALL CASH offer we do not have to submit an approval letter from a lender to the seller’s short sale lender. You do have to have a statement from your financial institution or stock brokerage that you do have the cash to make the purchase, that is called a ‘verification of funds’. This will save a little time in the negotiating process.
2. When you have an ALL CASH offer on a Florida short sale listing you are the boss of your cash and you don’t have a mortgage banker telling you what you can do with your cash. Therefore, should a short sale seller not have the funds to pay off his HOA fees or his lender needs a cash contribution and he does not have all of it, a cash buyer can help out.
3. When you have an ALL CASH offer in many situations with many lenders we can get them to move faster on an approval. We have been able to get approvals with ALL CASH offers from certain banks in 3 days or less! It is all about having Wellington short sale agents who really know how to negotiate the terms and who know who to go to at the seller’s lender to get the answer.
4. When you have an ALL CASH offer the seller’s short sale lender will expect you to close quickly once they send us the approval letter. This is great because if the seller is close to foreclosure you will be able to close and the seller won’t get foreclosed on. Many times buyers who get loans need extensions because their lenders are not ready in the time the seller give to them to close.
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