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Short Sale? What's THAT?

Short Sale? What's THAT? (Short Answer) 

Some houses are sold below what is owed on a mortgage. Sometimes there is more than one mortgage, like a 2nd mortgage(equity line). Usually, on the second mortgage, the lender will have to be willing to take little of nothing. It is a bit more difficult to get bank approval if the mortgages are at separate banks.

When an offer is made by a buyer for a short sale it may be accepted by the seller, but then it has to be approved by the lender(s). This may take 30-45 days or more.

The buyer may be required to provide bank approval, earnest money, commitment letter and a HUD(settlement statement w/ title search prepared by a real estate attorney). It just depends on what the bank asks for.

All sellers need to have their documents ready to submit to lenders if they are listed as a short sale and they recieve an offer. The seller will need to provide the past 2 years tax returns, last 2 pay stubs, bank statement, hardship letter and other supporting documents that the bank requests.

Even after all this... it may not be approved. The lender may send back a counteroffer. Or it could just be rejected. The wait may all be worth it in the end because you will close on a house priced below appraisal value.

During this time it can be stressful on all parties. There are a lot of unknown factors that the listing agent must deal with. It's just not business as usual.

Please take note that I am not a short sale expert. My comments are only based from my personal experience with short sales. Not all transactions will be the same.

It's just a part of the real estate landscape that we will all have to see for awhile. On a good note... I have seen a lot of action with buyers and sellers this week.

Things are getting better in Central Kentucky!

Hey, I even saw gas at $1.49!

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Lizette Fitzpatrick- Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • December 11 2008 09:28PM


Hi Lizette, Thanks for the quick lessons to buyers and sellers on short sales. Good info for all to know. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) about 10 years ago

I love the education  a person can get here.  You're a good part of that.  Thank you!

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( about 10 years ago

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