Thread: Real Estate Resource for Buyers
Real Estate Resource for Buyers
Looking for real estate in the Destin or 30A area and want to be able to search easily?
Foreclosures and short sales have become a very large part of our local real estate market. Here are links to easily search them by area and price.
30A Foreclosures (Condos)
Looking for a property in Sandestin? Quickly search available properties in Sandestin by following these links.
Looking for a condo in the Destin or 30A area? Easily search by area or price.
Josh, are you saying that all of these are in foreclosure? If so, I think there is a problem with the list.
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No, the links have the categories listed on them. I also wrote a sentence at the top of each section separating them. Only the first section are foreclosures and short sales unless otherwise specified on the link. For example, I also have some links to Sandestin foreclosures under the Sandestin section.
What is the success rate with the short sales? Do you know which lenders are cooperative, length of time and general percentage they are accepting?
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From my personal experience and after talking to a few title companies it is very low. The title companies will give you a great idea because agents have to present draft HUD's with the offer to the bank. One particular company told me about 10% were closing.
Many of the short sales that don't close are due to buyers walking before a decision is made by the bank. If you find the right property and hang in there, your chances of closing will increase dramatically. One thing to have your agent ask before writing an offer is if there are two mortgages and if they are with the same bank. The second lien holders are having a hard time accepting what the first lien holders are offering to do the short sale. If there is one loan it will be MUCH easier to do,
05-21-2009, 08:28 AM #7
Success rate for shorties? If you have the patience then 10% is about right, but you may wait 6 months for your offer to be accepted only to get a counter.
This week has really been something. In areas 14 and 15 of the MLS (greater Destin area) there has been 38 properties that have gone under contract! We are on fire!
What is interesting is that there is a total of 134 properties that are under contract and of those 73 are shorties! They will drag on and on...
There has been 151 detached single family home closings this year in areas 14 and 15, of those 24 were shorties. So it is possible to close them but it is still a long shot and weighing the mortgages/lender/seller position is all tell tale in deciding whether to take the plunge.
If you do make an offer on a shortie be sure you do not put down a deposit (EMD) but instead make your deposit an X number of days after effective date of the contract, and make your effective date the day the lender accepts the offer. I just had a miserable experience trying to get back EMD for a client on a shortie where the contract had expired- the title company would not release the EMD until both parties signed off on a cancellation of contract and release of escrow and the seller was basically unavailable to sign off or did not want to be bothered with it. We did eventually get the deposit back but not after alot of consternation.Daily Destin foreclosures, new listings and price changes- TheWiredAgent.com
Excellent point about the EMD Joe.
05-22-2009, 08:23 AM #9
If the buyer is willing to work through the process and have patience they will also have a high success rate 80% and above. Any short sale transactiion must have the seller and buyer to be qualified and willing to do a short sale. In addition the offer must be in-line with two very important metrics: the loss severity ratio and a percent of fair market value. Finally the short sale process needs to be handled systematically and managed through a very methodical process.
If any of these things do not happen then the short sale will fail and thus the 10% success rate you are seeing on the other posts.
As for Banks. Almost all banks are good to work with once your learn their individual procedures and policies. Some take longer than others...such as Countrywide. However, we have never had a Countrywide short sale not be accepted.
Finally, short sale guidelines change daily and there are new streamlined procedures and incentives that have been mandated by the Obama Administration as part of the Making Home Affordable program. The process will only get better.
Don't be afraid of short sales. They are excellent alternatives to help our friends and families in distress and give buyers an opportunity to help clear out our inventory.
05-22-2009, 09:57 AM #10
I have a question on the board for all real estate agents. WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF A SHORT SALE FOR THE SELLER? It still goes on the credit as a default and they had to stop making payments to get the short sale going . It still destroys there credit and from what i understand if it was an investment property or second home the seller gets 1099'd for the loss. So please tell me why somebody wouldn't just let the home go?
05-24-2009, 12:43 PM #11
In my opinion Short sales and mortgage modifications are better alternatives than a foreclosure for the following reasons:
1. A foreclosure impacts your credit and credit history for 10 years and must be documented on all future loans for 7 years.
2. Banks will pursue a deficiency judgment against you. Short sales forgive the deficiency.
3. In some cases Employment, both future and current and special security clearance jobs will be impacted with a foreclosure.
4. Credit score 250 to 300 points with a foreclosure. Much less with a short sale
5. Credit can be repaired and your ability to purchase a home can occur in about 2-3 years versus 7 years with a foreclosure.
6. Short sale is typically noted on your credit as "paid in full, settled" or "paid as negotiated."
7. Short sales are being promoted as a preferred alternative to foreclosure by the Obama Administration and the Making Home Affordable Program. There are major changes coming down the pipe for sellers and lenders.
The 1099 is a big misconception with short sales. Every real estate transaction requires a 1099. Regardless if it is a standard sale or a short sale. This must be discussed with your accountant. But, your loss typically is more than the gain that the bank reports on your short sale. If you do owe taxes on the forgiven debt it can be negotiated. Again work with your accountant and lawyer.
If you want more information I have lots of info on my website and our most recent radio broadcast on 30a Radio discusses this topic. It airs Fridays at 9am. Ping me and I will send you the link.
I can also point you to some great places to do research about short sales and foreclosure alternatives including HUD, HopeNow and Making Home Affordable websites.
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