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It's true that FHA buyers in Sacramento sometimes get the bum rap, if you know what I mean. Especially when trying to buy Sacramento short sales. That's because many listing agents believe conventional buyers are better for the following reasons:
The credit score requirements -- FICO scores -- are higher than those for FHA
Buyers put down more cash
Appraisers rarely call for minor repairs
However, the fact remains that on a short sale, much of the time by the time short sale approval is received, the buyer has gone south. That's such a funny expression: gone south. I hope it's not discriminatory and, if you think it is, I apologize.
So, I ask you, which buyer is likely to hang in there for the long haul? The FHA buyer -- with an offer that often contains a closing cost credit -- or a conventional buyer? Conventional buyers get the edge 9 times out of 10 and can qualify to buy anything they want. Are conventional buyers more or less likely to wait through the short sale?
I propose that FHA buyers may be more loyal if, for no other reason, than their options are limited. It's all cash in the end.
The Short Sale Savior, by Elizabeth Weintraub, coming May 15th
Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate, midtown Sacramento office. Selling since 1974. Homebuying expert at About.com. Best short sale agent in Sacramento. Elizabeth sells homes from Galt to Lincoln.
Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, who specializes not only in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento but sells extensively from Elk Grove to Lincoln. Weintraub is prominently known as the #1 Sacramento Short Sale agent throughout the Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you.