Seller Cooperation is KEY to Short Sale Success

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Seller Cooperation is KEY to Short Sale Success

I've been a Northern Virginia Short Sale Agent since 2007.  If there is one thing I know about a Short Sale, it is that the banks will drive you crazy with requests.  Requests to get someone in to photograph your home and do an evaluation of your property.  Paperwork requests...those are endless and repetitive.  If you aren't up for the quick turnarounds required of you, a Short Sale may not be for you.  Cooperation is key.

Last week, I was scheduled to meet with potential Short Sale Sellers who had found me online.  We hadn't even signed a listing agreement and already, they were hot under the collar about the BPO.  I informed them that the agent conducting the BPO had to get inside to take photos and needed to have their report to the bank within forty-eight hours.  The Sellers were livid.  They felt it was my job to tell the bank NO to the interior photos and to get a more reasonable time frame for the BPO Agent to come by.  Apparently, twenty-four hours notice wasn't good enough for these two.  Needless to say, I walked away before the listing agreement was signed.  If you can't deal with a simple BPO request from the bank, your knickers are really going to be in a twist when they start requesting personal financial documents.  "It's none of your business," doesn't work on banks.  It IS their business.  If you won't cooperate with the banks, you are wasting your time pursuing a Short Sale.

The banks don't care that you can't locate your latest pay stub or last year's tax returns.  They don't care that it is a pain to get an arm's length affidavit notarized, or that is cost you x number of dollars for the notary's service.  They just want it DONE.  And if you can't do that, you aren't likely to get very far in the Short Sale process.  

A good Short Sale Agent like myself will prepare you for what your bank will want.  Listen to us when we tell you what we will need.  Start gathering those documents now.  If you wait until the last minute, you are only hurting yourself and making your own Short Sale more complicated. 

 

 

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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This is why I generally get the paperwork in advance and upfront. If they aren't willing to do the simplest thing such as write a hardship letter and send it to me for review, I'm not about to list that short sale. They have to prove that they want to do a short sale. That proof is in supplying financials and cooperating. They do that, and I'll move heaven and earth to get it approved. If they can't be bothered, neither can I.

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Good for you in walking away from what would obviously have been a big headache. If you want a great short sale agent in the Northern Virginia area, you need to look no further. But for both your sake's, please listen to advice. She will make this difficult transaction as smooth as it could possibly be. cheers cvc

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Good Morning Chris Ann, What a great point because if the seller is not willing to assist in what they need to complete and submit, the sale could be done before it starts. Have a great day.

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Michael:  Walking away is much easier when you've been in the business for long enough to know it's a waste of time.  As a new agent, I would have stuck that one out and been miserable with a listing that was never going to sell.

Ellie:  And it's often our job to be cheerleaders when they hit the wall and are tired of the demands.

Michelle:  Prepping them is definitely necessary.  

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Greg:  Cooperation is a necessary component of every real estate transaction.  I wish all the uncooperative folks out there could show their true colors before we put in all the time and attention that you did.

Elizabeth:  I may have to start doing that as a matter of policy too.  Great idea.

Curtis:  Thanks for the plug.

Scott:  Cooperation is addressed in the Short Sale Listing Addendum we have our sellers sign.  By signing it, they are agreeing to cooperate.  If they don't, they have breached the agreement with us and we can walk away.

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