Wellington FL Short Sale Agents – Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Wellington FL Short Sale Agents - Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Wellington Short Sale Agents Wellington Short Sale Services and Information - Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset bring you short sale facts and lay to rest the myths.

What is a Wellington short sale?

A short sale is when a homeowner owes more on their mortgage than what their home could sell for in their present market. It just may be the best solution for a homeowner who does not want to have a foreclosure against their credit. Below is a series with more information to help you through the short sale process. Some of the information has been updated as the rules change quite frequently with the short sale lenders.

Part 1: What You Need To Know If You are Buying Or Selling Short Sales

If you live here you most likely have heard about short sales in Palm Beach County Florida.

You may have heard about them from your friends down the street, the news media, your neighbor or even perhaps one of your family members. We will go through important information that you need to know before you buy or sell as a short sale in this series. This is part 1 of the series.

If you live here you most likely have heard about short sales in Palm Beach County Florida.

We will be going through some important matters regarding short sales in Palm Beach County Florida that you should understand whether you are buying or selling a short sale. In both instances, you must have patience.

We will be going through some important matters regarding short sales in Palm Beach County Florida that you should understand whether you are buying or selling a short sale. In both instances, you must have patience.

What is a short sale? A short sale is when the homeowner owes more to his/her lender than the market value of the property. For an example: You have a loan on your house for $500,000 but in today's market a buyer will only pay $350,000 based on the last properties that sold in this neighborhood. Well, no buyer will pay $500,000 for this house so the seller will have to ask his lender if they will take less for the note that he owes to them. If the lender says yes, than that is a short sale.

Just as there are many different lenders there are just as many different policies governing the short sale procedures. The lenders all have their own criteria of what short sales they will accept. Just because your house falls in this category does not mean that every house will be approved for a short sale.

The next thing to understand for both sellers and buyers is that a short sale does take time.

We have had some short sales in Palm Beach County that have taken as short as one month to others that have been taking over 3 months to just get to the person at the lender who can make that decision. It is not as simple as just sending some documents in and that is it. There are formulas and procedures that lenders use and as I said above not all lenders use the same ones.Some lenders outsource their short sales to a company that is proficient in the business of negotiating short sales. In these situations the lender gives the company a bottom line that they will accept, that is basically how much they are willing to lose to do the short sale.

And if you have mortgage insurance on your loan then the mortgage insurance company will also need to approve the short sale. What happens in this situation is that the mortgage insurance company will pay the lender the difference in the loss. Please be aware that many times the mortgage insurance company will want the seller to take back a note for some of the loss and pay some of that loss back to the mortgage insurance company.

The lender who you are sending your house payment to every month may own the note or they may just be a servicer for the lender. If they are the servicer for the loan there is an additional amount of time in the short sale process because there is yet one more entity with whom the short sale will also have to be approved by. This happens a lot in situations where your note has been sold several times in a short period of time or when the lender holding the note is an investor. In this situation, the investor must approve the short sale as well.

If you have a first mortgage and a second mortgage with different lenders that will certainly complicate matters more and also puts a kink into getting the short sale approved since the second note holder will want something to accept the short sale and usually the first note holder offers a mere token to the second note holder however you will need the approval of both lenders in order to close and pass a clean title to a buyer. Sometimes the second note holder will accept the sale if the seller agrees to owe a note to them and pay for some of the loss.

Why would a lender want to do a short sale in Palm Beach county in the first place? Well, sometimes the loss they will accept on a short sale is less of a loss than if they foreclosed on the property. Foreclosing is not a cheap process at all and in Florida it is very time consuming. Most homeowners can keep the lender at bay for months and sometimes even over a year. At times the lender feels it is better for their bottom line to accept a short sale.

Find Out If You Qualify For Short Sales

Just because you own a house in Palm Beach County Florida and you have found out that you owe your lender more money than what a buyer is willing to pay for your property does not mean you are going to be able to just sell your house for less than what you owe your lender.

You must pass the Hardship Test. There must be a good and provable reason why you are not able to keep your home any longer.

The Hardship Test

Look at your situation and ask yourself these questions to see if it will pass the hardship test:

  • Since you bought the house, have you lost your job?
  • Did you have a bad accident or illness in which you got injured and could not work?
  • Do have large new medical bills that you incurred after you purchased the home?
  • Have you been relocated to another city or state?
  • Has your interest rate gone up so much that it is now a hardship for you to pay your mortgage?

Now each short sale request is looked at individually because each situation is different. But you must be able to prove that there is a hardship.

What is NOT a hardship?

  • If you have used your house as your ATM machine and took all your equity out of your house and are now in debt, well, that is a hardship that is going to have a tough time being accepted. I would suggest that you do what you have to do to be able to keep your house.
  • If you bought your house on the tip of the market and now it is worth less than what you paid for it, that is not a hardship and not a reason at all to sell your house as a short sale in Palm Beach County.

The Asset Test

Do you have assets that you can liquidate to bring to closing when you sell your house short of what you owe your lender?

  • Do you have money in CD's and Savings Accounts?
  • Do you have stocks and bonds?
  • Do you have equity in other properties?

If you have these types of assets your lender is not going to take all the loss and not have you bring some money to the closing table. They will only accept the short sale if you are contributing as well to the loss. However, you may be able to negotiate the loss with your lender.

The Fraud Test

Did you commit fraud when you applied for your loan for this property? This means when you filled out your loan application, did you lie about anything on it like:

  • Where you worked?
  • How much money you were making?
  • What your assets were?

Any of these lies or untruths, whatever you want to call them, will be checked out by the lender. They will match up what you are saying now to what your application said when you applied for the loan. If there is a big difference in the information, than you better have a very good explanation of why the change. A good reason for a drastic change in income would be, losing your job.

We will not list your property as a Short Sale In Palm Beach County if you committed fraud because you will be required to turn in a short sale package which we help you put together and send to the lender along with an offer and then you are exposing the fraud and that can have serious legal implications to you.

The next post in this series of Short Sales In Palm Beach County will cover the documents that you are required to put together in the short sale package. 

How To Put Together A Short Sale Package

So now that you know what a short sale is and you have passed the qualifying tests as set out in the parts above you are now ready to put your short sales package together for your agent and your lender.

Before you even list your property with your agent you should have your short sale package put together. This way your agent will be able to expedite the short sale process. Once an offer is made on your property your short sale package must accompany that offer. You will be delaying the process and possibly lose the buyer if you are waiting until you get an offer before you gather up all your documents for your short sale package as this can take some time to prepare. There are no exceptions to this process that I have experienced or even heard about.

  1. The very first thing that you need to do is call your lender, to confirm who the lender is and tell them you are putting your house up for sale. Make sure that the lender you are calling is still the note holder or servicer. We just went through sending out a short sale package for one of our sellers only to find out that the note was sold to another lender which this can happen often and because of this, we had to start the process all over again. Therefore, you may be able to save some time by confirming your lender.
  2. The next thing that you will need to do is write out an authorization letter for your agent to discuss your loan standing, details and short sale offers with your lender. This letter has to have the name of the person the loan is under and the loan number, as well as the name and company of your agent. Also, please make sure you date the letter. Most lenders have a period of time in for which the authorization letter is good for and after that time has expired you will need to write another authorization letter.

Here is the list of all the short sale documents you may be required to submit.

If you put together a package and then you find out they don't need one of these documents then just take it out of the package. It is better to be prepared and find out you did more than required than to submit an incomplete package. Your agent should be checking the package to make sure there is nothing missing. The lenders receive so many files each day that they can not even look at the incomplete packages.

  • Your authorization letter as stated above.
  • A handwritten hardship letter explaining your hardship. This hardship letter needs to explain why you are needing to sell your property as a short sale. 
  • A completed financial statement that your Realtor® has received from your lender. We have found through our experience that each lender has their own financial statement that they provide, which is not difficult to fill out. It is in a form format with fill in the blank areas. There is an asset column and a debt column and they will have a place to write in all your income and all of your expenses. This is where it is important that you told the truth on your loan application.
  • The last 2 pay stubs for all the signers on the mortgage.
  • The last 2 years of tax returns for all the signers on the mortgage.
  • A copy of your listing agreement with your Realtor®; your agent will provide that.

Once you have put all these documents together, you need to give them to your Realtor® so that they can get to work on your short sale package and make all the proper notations that might possibly need to be made. Each document will have to have your loan number written on it as well.

After you get an offer you and your agent will have to put together the rest of the package and that includes:

  • A fully executed offer of sale and purchase agreement.
  • The prequalification letter for the new buyer.
  • A HUD1 settlement statement from the title company with all the fees listed correctly. The lender will need to approve the expenses prior to accepting the buyer's offer.

Your agent should put together a sales package along with the short sale package. They should have your current market value paperwork and evidence showing that the offer is reasonable. We also put newspaper articles in the package showing our current market conditions. Documentation beats conversation. This is one of those times you can take all the bad news and work it in your favor. Nestor makes a very thorough and compelling argument and we have met with good responses to going the extra mile with the lenders. He is also putting together another short sale package as I am writing this post.

Stay tuned for part 4 of our Short Sales In Palm Beach County Series as we discuss what happens after the short sale package and offer is sent in to the lender. If you are interested in buying a short sale property, understanding what happens after the lender receives your offer will be beneficial to you.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 2: How Long Do Short Sales Take?

Short Sales In Palm Beach County and Port St Lucie will take anywhere from 30 days to 180 days to close. Homeowners and the buyers must understand this when going on this path of a short sale. Buyers need to be committed to the process and the sellers (homeowners) must get the necessary documents in order expediently.

We have had closings within 30 Days of an offer being received to 5 months on one of our closings. Why are there such vast differences?

Based on our experience we have discovered the following:

  • The smaller the lender, the quicker the answers thus the quicker the closing can take place.
  • The more of a relationship we have with the lender, big or small, the more we can get things done faster.
  • Homeowners with 2 mortgages whose notes are owned by two different entities take the longest to close because you must go through the short sale process twice. We begin these simultaneously but the second note holder is not going to give any answers until they see the bottom line of the first note holder.
  • If the note is being sold in the middle of negotiations you have to start all over again. These take the longest. We had a closing that took 5 months because the note was being sold like a hot potato. This note was sold 3 times to 3 different investors while we were in negotiations. Each time it changed owners they also changed servicers and therefore we had to start the entire process all over again right from the beginning. But once this note did settle down with the final lender, the process went very smoothly and closed within 30 days.
  • The faster closing we have on record for a short sale was 3 weeks from the offer date with SPS. They are a smaller servicing company and very easy to work with. They had their process streamlined and it worked well. The other companies that seem to work smoothly are EMC and Aurora. Both of these companies get their BPOs ordered expediently.

The longest closings we have are with Countrywide. But we don't have many problems with them other than the backlog of files they have to work with. But we always have good and clear communication with them. We have a good working relationship with Countrywide.

The absolute worst company we have worked with is CityBank. This may just top the longest closing that we had not because of a note being sold and floated around but just by the inadequacies of them knowing how to move their files along. We have one that the BPO was not even ordered for nearly 90 days! We have had to go up the chain of command on this one.

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar and Nestor is the King of flattery and buttering up those that answer the phones as well as the negotiators. He is also very upfront while he is being so nice that if we are not getting the response time we expect he is going up the chain of command. That will light the fire under a negotiator's butt!

Remember always, running a business is always about being in the service of others. If you will care, empathize and go the extra mile for your homeowners who are in distress you will be rewarded financially as well as in many other ways that money can not buy. Knowing that you saved someone from an impeding foreclosure and helped to relieve a lot of stress from their lives helps you sleep well at night. Every negotiator Nestor has dealt with has told him that they are amazed at his passion.

Yes, short sales are time consuming and are work, but in the end the referrals and testimonies you will get from short sales will pay much larger dividends. Look at is as investing in your business.

We find this work very rewarding. To top it all off the benefits are great too! This is the one time where you have a seller who is not going to complain about your fee, they are not going to complain about the pricing, they are so willing to keep their home nice and clean and to make showing easy. This is one of those times when they are so happy to have an agent and they are so grateful you are helping them. They write and video wonderfully moving testimonials and they tell us that we are not getting paid enough! How much sweeter does it get! Click here to view our short sales sellers' video testimonial.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 3: What Are the Costs to the Seller for a Short Sale?

Short Sales in Palm Beach County and in Saint Lucie County Florida are rising at a steady pace. You cannot look for a house for sale without noticing that there are short sale listings everywhere, due to the fact no community is really immune to this. At first I thought that the waterfront was immune but then we discovered an 18 million dollar home in Highland Beach that is on the market as a short sale.

Most homeowners do not know that a short sale is an option. If you have been served with foreclosure papers, a complaint that must be answered within 20 days of you being served; please call us right away so that we can put you in touch with our attorney who you can talk to about your defense. At this point time is of the essence. You need foreclosure defense at this point and you need to know what your options are.

Each short sale listing we have received from our blog has been because the homeowner that has defaulted on their mortgage payments was told by their attorney or their financial adviser to find a Real Estate agent who knows how to do short sales and list their home as a short sale. So the homeowner get on their computers and Google; Short sale real estate agents in Anytown Florida and then they call us to help them.

But there are many people out there that qualify to do a short sale but have no idea what a short sale even is much less what to do to accomplish a short sale on their property.

Hence, we started our series on Short Sales in order to educate both the homeowners and the agents about all that you need to know about a short sale. This is the 11th article in this series on short sales.

A short sale is when you owe more money to your lender than you can sell your house for. The lender agrees to accept less than what you owe them so you can avoid foreclosure.​

What do you as the homeowner have to pay in order to do a short sale and what will not come out of your pocket?

  • ​First of all, there is no cost to you to list your home as a short sale. If you need foreclosure defense that is a different and separate from the short sale and there is a fee that you will be charged by an attorney or a foreclosure defense company but it is very small compared to losing your home to foreclosure.
  • When you list your home for sale as a short sale you are signing a listing agreement with us saying that there is a X percent commission to be paid to us at closing. That commission is not coming out of your pocket and your not having to bring it to closing. The commission will be deducted from the proceeds that your lender is getting from the buyer. So relax about that.​
  • Your lender will pay for most all the closing costs. Each lender has different policies and rules regarding certain fees. If you are behind in your taxes, usually the lender will be paying those at closing from the proceeds of the sale.​
  • One thing is for sure: Your lender will not allow you to have one penny from this sale. Any moneys that you get must be given to your lender, which makes absolute sense. So if you are approached by people telling you that they are going to give you money on selling your house as a short sale, that is called mortgage fraud and we suggest that you do not take any deals like that.​
  • Your short sale lender is going to require that you pay all of your utilities. Some utilities can and will place a lien on your property if you get past due. Especially your water bill as that is a bill that in most towns here in Palm Beach County and Saint Lucie County will place a lien against your property for. You can not sell a property with clear title to a buyer with outstanding liens on the property. So don't get so far behind in your utilities and HOA fees that you can not catch up before closing. Keep a close eye on that.
  • Also, some lenders will pay the HOA fees and some will only pay a portion of them and some won't pay any of them. Try your best to keep your HOA fees current because they are also a lien item. We can usually negotiate that bill down, depending on when you bought your house. A new law was passed that now HOA's can come after you even after a foreclosure for money you own them but that law was just passed so it may or may not apply to your circumstances. Ignoring your HOA fee bill is not going to make it less or make it go away. The late fees and collection fees really add up fast, so make sure you watch that closely.

Call us today to get your house listed as a short sale as soon as possible. It takes time to market and prepare short sales so every day counts.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 4: How Does An Agent Qualify A Homeowner For A Short Sale?

Whenever a homeowner calls us and tells us they want to do a short sale we ask first understand and what do they know about selling their home as a short sale.

Most homeowners do not really know what a short sale is. Most of the time they have spoken with either their attorney or their financial advisor about their financial situation and were told the best option in their situation is to sell their home as a short sale and avoid foreclosure, so the homeowner looks for an agent to list their home without any clue of what a short sale actually is.

After we explain what a short sale is and disclose that there is no guarantee their lender will approve a short sale we do an 'intake interview'. This is just like a buyer applying for a mortage except backwards. When a buyer is qualifying to purchase a home they want to be in a good financial situation, have good credit and have money to put down on the purchase. The homeowner in a short sale wants to show a hardship, show they cannot afford their home any longer and for a good reason, for the best chance of their short sale being approved.

We do this qualification interview on the phone with the homeowner. We do this before we do a CMA, listing agreement or anything else because we want to evaluate the chances of this short sale going through, the chances of this homeowner getting a deficiency judgment and the chances of the lender asking the seller to contribute to the short sale. We are in the business of helping people however we also need to keep in mind that we are running a business and there are many homeowners who just will not get approved for a short sale in the realm of what they are hoping the outcome to be. So we need to know what we are up against before going any further. We also will not accept short sales that have more than 2 mortgages on the property.

Another reason for doing the interview is to find out if we get a sense that they were not telling the truth when they obtained their loan in the first place. If they tell us that they were not honest on their loan application than a foreclosure is their only choice because we will not take that listing and neither should any agent take a listing like that. Their lender is going to want to see their financial history and if they lied on their application and things have not really changed as far as a hardship goes than you are putting yourself in a precarious position, which is not worth it.

During the qualification interview we disclose to the homeowner all the possible outcomes of a short sale so they know going in this what can possibly happen and it helps to get their commitment to the process. This is a very emotional and frustrating time for the homeowners and being a good listener is a must for them. Yesterday a husband and a wife in their 60's were crying on the phone as we went through this process. It is a tough time and we seem to get the real hardships.

The process includes a list of financial questions like how much money are they making now, what has changed financially in their lives since they got the house, how much are all their expenses and we go down a list of expenses, how much do they have in savings or retirement accounts, the list can go on and on.

The reason we need to know about retirement accounts is because the lender can not require you to cash out your retirement account to pay the deficit but they can turn down the short sale or ask you for a small note and things like that, however, that really depends on how much money there is in the retirement account.

We have been doing short sales for a long time and know what will work and what will not work. The short sale can still be approved with no hardship but the homeowner is going to have to contribute to the sale. If they know this going in to the listing than we may entertain accepting this type of listing. What we don't want our homeowners not committed to the process since we don't take any upfront processing fees and the time and money is coming from out of our pocket. We certainly don't want homeowners who are going to change their minds after we work on their file for 3 months!

Make sure your short sales listings are qualified through their hardships or through their commitment to contribute to the deal. Then make sure they will remain committed throughout the process.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 5: Why Is It Important To Find An Experienced Short Sale Agent?

Palm Beach County Short Sales- Short Sales- Information For Sellers and Buyers.

At least 3 times a week, we get calls from Sellers who no longer can make the payments on their home and are trying to find out what a short sale is and how it works. Most of the calls we have received this last week are from sellers who have already spoken to their attorneys and their attorneys are recommending that they sell their home using the short sale process.

We listed 2 short sales this past week, where the seller found us on our Active Rain blog and called us after reading our posts about how to do a short sale. We had one owner call us to list his house but it would be better for him if he does whatever he can to keep his house, so we did not list his house. Instead we are sending him to resources that may be able to help him keep his home.

Pricing your property competitively enough to encourage offers from buyers is one of the most important things to know when you list your property as a short sale. And if you are an agent you must not only have the foresight to know what a BPO will come in at but also to have some understanding on what a buyer's appraiser is going to be looking at for comps. Pricing a home too high will create headaches for a seller and in the end, possibly making them lose their home to foreclosure. At the same time, pricing too low will get offers that have no chance of being accepted since the lender is not going to approve sales much lower than their BPO.

Please read the story below of a seller that wanted to price her home correctly but her agents priced her home too high.

A note to agents: If you are taking overpriced listings without any notion of reducing the price of those listings within the first 30 days on the market please read this story. If you do not take overpriced listings please read this story to reaffirm why you will not do so. If you are thinking about taking overpriced listings then read this story.

Whenever you take a listing it is your duty to find out why the seller must sell. I am amazed at how many sellers we talk to who tell us their agent never even asked them why they needed to sell. Don't you think that the motivation of why a seller needs to sell needs to be taken into consideration with your pricing? Of course it does.

Beware Of Damaged Goods!

The Human Consequences Of Taking Overpriced Listings


A seller calls us in dyer straights and needs to sell her home with a short sale and asked us to list her house. As I began to inquire about her property and qualify her for the short sale process she informed me a very sad story.P Please keep reading, you will see there is more to this story than her husband getting laid off of his job.

Two years ago, yes, read that again, 2 years ago she listed her house with an agent who over priced her house. Now, the seller had no idea at the time of what price to ask. She depended on her agent to tell her what that price was. She asked the agent to be honest with her about what she the house should be listed at. This agent had all the opportunity in the world to price this house to sell. The seller told the agent of her financial situation.

The house gets listed too high. Now at that time they only had one mortgage on the house and they could have sold it for a profit because they had equity in the house. This was in 2006. The market was already heading down, however, the amount they owed compared to even a low ball offer was still a great deal to this seller.

Now, the agent takes the listing, puts it in the MLS, can not even do the 4 P's because they don't allow signs in this community and walks away. After a few months of not hearing from their agent and after looking online to start to see what the other homes around her were listing for and selling for the seller calls her agent to ask for a price reduction!

You read that right! How many of you who fight for price reductions wouldn't kiss her feet for being the one to suggest a price reduction! This agent should have been embarrassed that the seller was calling her. Now the seller gets the agent on the line and says,

Seller: "I think we need to drop the price of the house."

Agent: "Oh O.K."

Seller: "What do you think we should drop it to?"

Agent: "Ah, I don't know, what do you think we should drop it to?"

Seller: "Well, I don't know, If you think, $5,000, $10,000, $25000 would help to get it sold?"

Agent: "OK, we will reduce the price by $5,000."

Please tell me this agent is one of those agents who did not pay her dues and is out of business! I would not wish this agent on my worst enemy!

​So 6 months goes by and nothing happens, no showings, no offers. The seller is a nice lady who knows nothing about real estate and hired an agent to do what she did not know how to do. So then they list with another agent and basically the same thing happens again. The market was falling fast at that time and the agent had no clue about pricing a property to sell in a falling market. So again the seller was behind the eight ball with no room to get out.

And now what does the seller need to do because of the inept and inconsiderate agents she had to deal with? She had to get a second mortgage on her house just to keep living in this house and keep her payments up on the house and the bills. She never would have had to take out this second mortgage in a falling market if the agents had priced this house to sell in the very beginning, they would have walked away with money in their pockets and a song in their hearts.

And now what does the seller need to do because of the inept and inconsiderate agents she had to deal with? She had to get a second mortgage on her house just to keep living in this house and keep her payments up on the house and the bills. She never would have had to take out this second mortgage in a falling market if the agents had priced this house to sell in the very beginning, they would have walked away with money in their pockets and a song in their hearts.

This is not the end of the story!

Now the seller thinks that all the agents do is to put her listing in the MLS. The logical thinking is, Gee, if that is all the agents do then I can do that myself. The seller pays a $395 fee to a company that places her listing on the MLS for her. This seller becomes a FSBO with still no idea of what to price her house to sell at. After about a month, another agent promises her the moon and talks her into listing her house again. This must have been his prospecting technique, to solicit the sellers who pay the MLS listing company to enter their listings on the MLS. Again, this agent, O.K. now, this is the third agent that has overpriced her house.

I want to have a word with these agents!

I just about had to pick myself off the floor after hearing this story. I had to pause just to regain my composure. This whole story was related to me over the phone. I could feel her distraught right through the phone.

They are the ones who should be paying her second mortgage payments! This is plain and simple irresponsible and totally uncalled for. Why are you taking listings that are not going to sell? Why are you not asking for price reductions after there are no lookers! This is over a 2 year period of time!

The seller knows the only recourse now is either foreclosure or doing a short sale. The reason she has to do the short sale is because the agents did not list her house at a price that it would sell. She watched as houses around her sold and hers did not. There is nothing wrong with the condition of her house. It was the pricing. If we had the listing in the first place the house would have been priced to sell and she would be walking away with cash in her pocket 2 years ago!

She Googles our keywords for Short Sales and we are all over page one. The seller reads our articles on short sales and calls us. We took her listing over the phone and priced it correctly to sell quickly. Low enough that the buyers will come and reasonable enough the BPO the lender will order will come in very close to what we have it listed for.

Sellers: Beware of agents who hang their reputation on their sales when the sun was shining and the market was hot. Make sure to choose an agent who has weathered all the real estate climates and knows how to handle the storm of a falling market.

Agents: Please do not take overpriced listings. You may just be contributing to damaged goods. Remember, these are human beings and there are human consequences to your actions. Please govern yourselves accordingly.

If you read the story above, you would know why it is so important, and I can not stress this enough, that you choose an agent who knows how to do Palm Beach County Short Sales and has experience working with Short Sales. Ask your agent if they have closed on any short sales in your area. Selling your home as a short sale takes commitment, perseverance, patience and expertise in negotiations and follow through of actions. Do not leave your Short Sale to chance.

Time is of the essence in doing your short sale.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 6: How Can A Buyer Submit An Offer On A Short Sale?

This series on Short Sales In Palm Beach County Florida continues as we explore what happens once an offer is made on a short sale listing. This post is of special interest to buyers who are interested in making offers on short sales. You should know what is involved and your agent should also be able to follow and understand the process of making a short sale offer.

Let us assume for this post that the seller knows what a short sale is, their Realtor® has experience working in short sales, the seller has met the qualification test to do a short sale and the seller and their agent have put together all the documents the particular lender requires to do a short sale, except for the offer from a buyer.

Now we are ready to receive an offer from a buyer. A buyer's agent should know how to help a buyer to understand all that is involved from both the buyer and seller requirements in order to have a transaction that runs as smooth as possible in this given situation.

The first and most important thing to understand about the short sale is that the seller of the property still owns the property, still holds title to the property and still has the say so of what offers will be accepted or not. The seller has mortgaged their property and the lender to whom they pays the mortgage payments to each month is the note holder or in many cases, the note servicer. The bank does NOT own the property. A Lis Pendens may have been filed and foreclosure proceedings may have started but until that property is sold on those courthouse steps the owner of records is still the person that is on the county records.

That being said the owner/seller can accept an offer from a buyer but since the offer falls short of what the seller owes to the lender, there must also be a third party approval to the offer, which is the lender, to whom the seller owes their loan to.

This third party lender will require the property to be sold in "as is" condition and will also have to approve all the closing fees on the side of the seller.

As a buyer you will also need to prepare a good presentation with your offer to this third party lender.

  • Submit your offer on a FAR/BAR AS IS Offer to Sale and Purchase with the new FAR/BAR Short Sale Addendum. Your agent should have these documents.
  • If you are obtaining financing for this purchase, you need to have your lender's approval letter. To receive this you need to make sure you have been approved for your loan. This means that you have already submitted a loan application, had your credit checked, provided all the documentation to the lender like your W-2's and tax returns. Please be advised that should your offer be accepted it is highly likely that the short sale lender will require you to close within 3 weeks of them accepting the terms and short pay off amount.
  • You should choose a mortgage company who is on the ball with short sales and knows how to get your loan through underwriting in a short amount of time.
  • Your earnest money deposit needs to be ready to place right into the escrow account the moment that the third party lender approves your offer. Make sure to get a signed and dated receipt of your earnest money deposit. Keep in mind that if you are paying by a personal check most title companies will require 10 to 14 days for that check to clear. To help speed this along, you may consider getting a cashier's check to the title company so that there is no hold up at closing for funds that have not cleared yet.
  • Along with your offer you should submit a nice hand written letter explaining to the third party lender why you want to move into the home and that you are an end user. We had a single mom tell of her plight to get into a home with her children and that her offer was the highest she could go. She is the one who got the house in spite of their being multiple offers on the property.
  • Your agent should arm your offer with comparative sales in the area and other market appropriate documents to prove the case of your offer.

The next post in this series will be about how to decide what to offer on a short sale, myths and truths about offer prices on short sales.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.

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Part 7: What Short Sale Agents Should Know In Negotiationg Short Sales

So now the buyer has made an offer and turned in all his/her supporting documents. The seller and their agent have put together all the required seller documents for the short sales in Palm Beach county package.

The agent will now make sure that every document required is correctly filled out and make sure that the loan number is on every document. The agent will contact the third party lender and get the instructions to get the package to them, usually more often than not, the lenders want the package faxed to them. If they want you to express mail the package make sure you have a duplicate package prepared to keep for yourself. On one of our short sales; we expressed mailed the package and it was signed for but it ended up in the lender's black hole. Then they lost our two faxes of a package that contained over 100 pages and they even said they never received our email when we emailed the package. So make sure you have a back up.

Super Tip! I would recommend buying one of those stamp kits at Office Depot so you can place the loan number on the stamp and use that to stamp all the pages of the short sale package instead of hand writing the loan number on 80 to 100 pages of documents. Doing this will save you some time.

Once the Short Sale package is delivered to the third party lender we will call the lender to make sure that they have received the package. This one action is an act of patience! Some lenders are easy to get through and some lenders are a nightmare. Sometimes Nestor has been on hold for over an hour just to reach the right person to simply find out if the package is there! Please do not work in short sales if you have a hot temper or are impatient as your blood pressure will surely rise while on the phone with certain lenders.

Super Tip! Call the lender early in the morning, get on that phone before all the other callers start calling. Be the first in line!

Once we get someone on the phone Nestor confirms that they have received the package and that they have our authorization letter from the seller so we can talk to the lender. The first thing Nestor does is to confirm that this lender actually holds the note for this property. We had one short sale where the lender our seller was sending his payments to had sold the note to another lender and that lender in turn sold it to someone else. Since the first day of giving this lender notice that we were doing a short sale that note ended up being sold twice in a period of just a couple of weeks. The lenders were playing hot potato with his loan!

Super Tip! Make sure that you call ahead before you even get an offer to the lender to confirm that they are still in fact the lender. Notes are being sold every day so you need to stay on top of this.

There are note holders that service loans that they do not own. In these situations the servicer takes care of all the short sale paperwork and acts in behalf of the note holder. For instance, we have a file now where the servicer is GMAC and the note holder is Deutch Bank. GMAC is like the negotiator for Deautch Bank.

There are also companies that just do Short Sale processing and negotiations that lenders will contract out their short sales to. We have had the best results from these types of companies. Obviously this company is also getting paid upon the completion of each short sale so they are quick to respond to us. Nestor usually can get right through directly to the negotiator on the file.

Then there are the lenders who are trying to do it all themselves. These lenders own the note, service the note and handle all aspects of the Short Sale. These tend to be the hardest to get through to, as they are totally swamped with files and they do not have experience in doing Short Sales. A salaried employee who knows little to nothing about the real estate business is what you end up with. Most of the time, by the time these lenders do something with your short sale package the buyer is long gone!

Super Tip! Don't sweat losing the first buyer. Once the counter is made from the lender you will know exactly what they will accept for the property and the next buyer that comes along will be able to close quickly. There is more on this in the next post, Part 7.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 8: Short Sale Agent Strategies For Communication

Short sales in Palm Beach County Florida take a winning and well thought out strategy in the lines of communication. I certainly recommend that if you are a seller that you find an agent who is very good with communication and knows how to work with others well. If you are an agent than please make sure you know what you are skillful in as far as communication styles. .

Great people skills is another quality you definitely need to be successful in. The reason your agent needs people skills is that he/she must be able to break through all the walls and obstacles that the lender has in their path to a successful closing of your short sale. Nestor is very good with this type skill, as he knows how to flatter the people on the other end of the phone. He can dazzle them with his fun compliments and charm, making many become putty in his hands. He is able to get through.

Do not treat the customer service people ( no matter how ignorant they may sound) with disrespect, having the attitude that you are better than they are. You also should never act like a weak beggar and you must communicate from a position of strength and knowledge. In the business of short sales in Palm Beach county; the true power is in your people skills and your knowledge of the market. But coming from a position of strength does not mean being overbearing, rude or disrespectful. Keep a smile on your face as you are conversing.

In our series of posts on short sales in Palm Beach County Florida we mentioned that this is not the business for those with hot tempers and I as I have stressed throughout this series, you must be patient.. It will do you no good to yell and lose your temper while talking with the short sale lenders' negotiators on the phone. Your lines of communications must be kept open no matter how frustrated and upset you may get. Your file will just get put to the bottom of a very deep pile and might just end up in a lender's deep black hole.

In order to be successful you must get to the chief, the negotiator, somehow. The most assured way to do this is by talking your way into that negotiator's line of communication. This is done through making great fun small talk with the receptionists and customer service representatives. The best way to do this is by understanding their perspective and where they come from. They are just like worker bees. All they are there for is to collect their check at the end of the week, nothing more, nothing less. They are the lowest paid on the totem pole of the company and the lowest skilled. So you need to think about where in life they are coming from and meet them at their level.

There is no sweeter sound in any language than for a person to hear their own name. Learn the names of the people who are answering the phones, the assistants' names and the negotiators' names and then use them in your conversations with them often. Saying a person's name, grabs their attention. You can learn a lot more about this fascinating subject in the classic, How To Win Friends And Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

When you get through to the negotiator make sure you have your file in front of you. They will get impatient with your being unprepared so make sure you have all your notes ready, the list of questions to ask the negotiator and the list of things you need to let them know about. Although don't ask questions that would lead the negotiator to believe you have no experience in doing short sales. Make sure you know how the process works before you talk to the negotiator. Always have your authorization letter from the seller with you, their loan number and their last 4 digits of their social security numbers. This information will be asked of you every time you call them and many times when they call you.


Part 9: What Happens During The Short Sale Negotiation Process?

Depending on how the lender is handling their short sales, this is the point where you need an agent who is working with the seller to really know what they are doing and how to negotiate with the seller's lender.

For illustration purposes we will call the person we are dealing with at the lender the 'negotiator'. Different lenders have different titles for this person but to make things simple we will stay with the term 'negotiator'.

The negotiator takes the file and checks to see if all the documents are in the package and if the file is complete. Each negotiator may have upwards of 140 or more files coming in per day and they must process these files quickly as possible. Any incomplete file is not going to be attended to in a timely fashion so make sure it is all correct to begin with before you send it in.

Once the negotiator has checked the file and has determined it to be complete he or she will order a BPO.

What is a BPO?

A BPO is a Broker's Price Opinion. The lender will hire a real estate agent to do a pricing report and come back to the lender with the information as to what that individual believes the fair market value of the property is right now. The BPO must consider the last solds in the neighborhood that the property is in and if they can not find any comparables in that neighborhood then they may go outside of the neighborhood to find a property of like kind. Usually this process does not take long. We often see then done about a week after the negotiator has received the package. Then that agent will send their BPO back to the lender.

The lender then calls us to tell us what the note holder will accept as a net figure. This net is based upon a formula that is used to estimate the losses the lender can incur. What we have seen for Short Sales in Palm Beach county Florida is about a 10% to a 15% discount off of the BPO. The BPO defines what the current market value of the property is.

We then take the net amount that the lender has agreed to accept and work with the present offers we have to see if any of them will meet these numbers. If all of the offers are too low then we will call each of the buyers' agents and tell them the offer is xxx amount of dollars away from happening. The agents can then tell their buyers what the price will need to be for them to get this particular house. If the buyers want to meet the price then we have a deal and we start all the closing procedures and loan procedures for the buyer's side.

If the price is too far away to work then we put on all our marketing and Multiple Listing Service the price that is going to get this property.

Once the BPO is in; generally it is easier and faster to sell the house. When agents call us for showing instructions we can tell them about the BPO and that their buyer is now in a position to have a quick closing. We just closed on two short sales last week and both of them had their BPO's done in December and we closed in February. That was not that long of a time to get to closing. In fact one of them was ready to close in January but our seller had some bankruptcy issues that needed to be addressed before we could close.

The problem that we see causes the most problems with the successful closing of the short sale is the lack of experience from the real estate agents that are involved. Nestor is on that phone with the lenders every 2 to 3 days checking on our files. Someone who knows how to deal with people must be on that phone with the negotiator, checking on the progress of the file and the state of where in the process this file is at, to ensure things are going smoothly.

The HUD1 Settlement statement is the other item that needs to be perfectly correct when it gets sent to the lender with the offer and short sale package. Make sure every single fee is on the HUD or else you won't have a closing and you as the agent will have to pay the difference in the errors on the HUD. Once the HUD has been approved by the third party lender it is highly unlikely to approve any changes so pay attention to detail for a smooth closing!

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.


Part 10: We Close 100% Of Our Short Sales

We've closed 2 short sales, yet again, and both were our listings.

They were both difficult transactions but in the end we got our checks, the other agents got their checks and 2 new homeowners got awesome deals on these 2 homes. Patience is the principle quality you must have to follow a short sale through. Nestor is very good at following up with the lenders and wielding all the influence possible in order to get the sellers approved with short sales below market value. Knowing what to say and how to say it, is very important.

Why is below market value important right now? Because our market is not quite finished going down, we are just about there but not quite.

One of the units was a condo, we originally had it listed for $249,777 and kept reducing the price as per the instructions of the seller's note holder. As soon as we reduced it to $150,000 we became just about the hottest listing in town. We had 4 offers on this unit within days. One of the offers was way too low at $130,000. But one single mom put in an offer of $150,000. This was good enough to get the ball rolling. Nestor made sure the BPO agent would have to meet him at the property. The problem with this unit was that in this development there has not been a sale since October of last year. That comp is not workable in a down turned market. The agent received it and was able to pull comps from outside of this development. The BPO came in at $167,000. The other buyers all went away when the counter offer came back. All of them except for the single mom with her FHA loan. We actually prayed that she would get this condo because there is nothing else like it in Wellington for that price. So the highest she could go was $155,000. We sent in her counter offer to the lender even though it was still so far off. The negotiator talked to the note holder again and he finally said go for it. Although, he only approved our commission at 5%.

Her FHA appraisal came in at $208,000. We were so happy that our seller was able to get a clean fully satisfied, no 1099, no default judgment, no promissory note! And we are happy that this unit went to a mom who is raising her child in this new home that she can call her own. That is what makes this business worth what we go through!

How did we get this listing? Of course, through our Expired Listing Program.

Our second closing on a short sale was for our wonderful and loyal seller who is a great referral source. She had her house on the market for almost a year, way too high. We sent her a letter notifying her that a lis pendens had been filed against her 2 houses.

She moved here from Africa, from Uganda, escaping some of the most vile and cruel may ham and ethnic cleansing murders you can not even imagine. She told me stories of how women's breasts are cut off so they can not nurse their babies, so that their babies will die of starvation in their mothers arms with mothers helplessly crying and being able to do nothing to save themselves or their babies. She came here to live in a country that would never tolerate this, to live the American Dream.

Her son and my son have become friends, they are the same age and play together. She now lives in a rental right down the street from us so we have become friends as well. Well, she rented this house out to a lady who made her living out of not paying rent. Our seller was totally scammed. The woman would come crying about how her mother had cancer and the next time, how she was in a car accident. Well, the seller has a kind heart and at first believed her sorrows but they were all lies. When she realized the scam; she hired an attorney and it took another year to get the woman evicted. This scam artist would not let us show the house either. Needless to say, our seller could not make the payments and pay the attorney's fees and this caused her to go into default.

We listed her house right below market value but we received no offers. This was when our market was just not moving. There were months where there were just not any buyers for any of the homes in this community. The worst part about this community is that the builder is still in there building houses. He is giving away mega upgrades, low interest teasers and selling the same model for less than what any resales were on the market for. We reduced the price to $374,000 and then in December buyers started buying again. We had 5 offers on this house. The BPO was done right on this house too. The offer came back that the note holder had to net $311,000 on this house. Most of our offers were in the high 200ks, which was not going to work. But then we had an agent call us who had a buyer who just lost a deal on a short sale offer and needed to close quickly. He made an offer of $330,000, we were able to make the numbers work and he got the house.

Our seller was not 1099'd, she has no deficiency judgment and no promissory notes to take care of. The buyers' appraisal came in at $380,000! He got a great house at a great price, we got our check and so did the buyer's agent, which made everyone happy!

Both of these houses were closed at the end of February and both of them took less than 6 weeks to close from the point of the first offer to the BPO, to the acceptance, to the closing.

So have faith, it can be done.

If you are a seller please read through our Short Sale Series and make sure you choose an agent who had closed short sales and knows how to close them.

If you are a buyer read our Short Sale Series and make sure you have an agent working with you that understands how to present you in the best light to the third party lender.

If you are an agent please read and understand our Short Sale Series and partner with an agent who had closed a short sale successfully on your first short sale. It is worth splitting your fee to get it done right and to have the hands on experience before you jump into Short Sales.

Please be aware that no matter how great our success is with getting short sales closed; there is NO guarantee that your short sale will be successful. Please keep in mind that each short sale is different, each seller has different circumstances and different lenders.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be or to provide legal advice. We recommend that you speak to your attorney and your tax accountant regarding specifics and to find out if this is the best option for you in your situation.

The information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice. Wellington Homes Blog does not guarantee or is any way responsible for its accuracy, and provides said information without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Entries on Wellington Homes Blog represent the opinions and ideas of the author(s). Wellington Homes Blog does not express the views of International Properties and Investments, LLC or those of the broker.

Call Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset today at 561-753-0135 for a confidential phone interview regarding your options.

Please seek legal advice. This information is for informational purposes only.

Contact Nestor Gasset and Katerina Gasset, CIPS, Realtors®, International Properties and Investments, LLC Licensed Realtors® in Florida at 561-753-0135 to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in Wellington, Boynton Beach, Manalapan, Manalapan Point, Lake Worth, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, West Palm Beach and the rest of Palm Beach County Florida and Port St Lucie Florida. We are accepting referrals.

To view Wellington Florida Homes For Sale Click here. We know Palm Beach County Short Sales and Port St Lucie Florida Short Sales and will help you get your home Sold if you need to Sell your home and help you buy your home in Palm Beach County Florida: Call us today.

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