Buyer’s market or seller’s market in Cape Coral Real estate

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The number of foreclosure has hit the its lowest level. Today, when I checked those bank owned properties for Cape Coral, there were only 214 units. For your information, there were 1085 in December 2010. And that’s most likely why we see more interest in the non distressed market, often with multiple offers.

All is all, there are 1774 properties for sale in Cape Coral and we have experienced 451 sales in the last 30 days. That’s mean we have about 3 months inventory out there, making it a seller’s market now. And if you add the fact that multiple offers occur more often now, buyers have a harder time to have their dream home under contract. That is exactly what my french speaking buyers from France experienced. They use to make a search online for ” maisons a vendre a Cape Coral “, find me there, give me a call to begin the search and get very frustrated after looking around for a few weeks, seeing nothing good is available anymore.

Cape Coral luxury foreclosure

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The thing is, today, if you plan to buy a property here, be prepared. Get your financing handy, bank letter, pre-approval. And once you see a property you like, make that offers good enough to have the seller put his signature on your contract. Unfortunately, if you don’t act quickly, chances are the property will be pending before you realize it. Prices are still the lowest in the nation here, especially if you compare the amenities that Cape Coral is offering with cities in the middle of Tennessee for example. Not only the weather is more attractive, let’s face it, but also the proximity of the water, with the gulf of Mexico and the beaches.

So, in my opinion, 2012 shows the switch from a buyer’s market where sellers were waiting for a single offer to show how low was the price offered to a seller’s market where the buyers are competing so ferociously to have a chance to buy that property at often a price above the asking price.

If you are entering the market for selling or buying a property in the Cape, give me a call or send me an email. There is still time to find your dream house at an excellent price, but don’t delay.

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Comments (0) Mar 25 2012

Do you really need a Real Estate agent to purchase a property?

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Do you think you can write an offer on a Cape Coral foreclosure for sale without the help of an agent? The answer is a big YES!

If you think about it, my guess is you want to save the typical 6% commission that we make. If it’s the case, you are completely mistaken. First, our commissions are not set to be 6%. It’s negotiable. And in the foreclosure and REO world, it’s the bank that decides how much they really want to pay. Most agents doing foreclosure make about 1 to 2% of the closed price as the seller representative. So the buyer’s agent is really doing something like 2 to 4%. In that case, if you represent yourself for that foreclosure home purchase, you’re really saving about those 2 to 4% commission.

Now, prepare yourself to get an accepted offer on that Cape Coral foreclosure house for sale. You will need a few things checked with the listing agent, and I have been in contact with most of them, they use to be very difficult if they are not in front of another agent because they think they’ll have to do all the work believing that you won’t be able to do your part:

  • What kind of paperwork do they want?  Typical is proof of funds, pre-approval letter from your bank, etc…
  • How many offers are on the property? Maybe it is a multiple offers situation already.
  • Is there a mandatory minimum MLS marketing time?
  • How do they want to receive your offer?  Fax, website or email.

So, once you have all that done, you’ll be able to put a good offer but you will need to know something important: the price. Don’t google that. You will not be able to rely on sites like Zillow or Trulia for pricing. They are not accurate. Hire an appraiser instead, especially if you do not have access to your local MLS. The point here is that you don’t want to pay too much or too little. Too much and you may overpay for the property and too little,you may lose the home to higher bidder.

You can also read this buying a foreclosure in Cape Coral post for more tips.

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Comments (0) Sep 26 2011

5 tips you didn’t know when selling your home

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I thought I’ll share 5 tips with you about facing some issues while selling your home.

1) The right sights, smells and sounds.

It is no news flash  that the view of a utilized car lot; stinky foods or animal smells; along with the siren song of a fire station next door might be deal-killers. What may possibly surprise is a few of the right sights, smells and sounds that will support seal the sale of your property. My experience has been – agents, chime in here! – that the more natural stunning sights, smells and sounds are, the more favorably they’ll be received by the largest population of prospective buyers.

For example, playing a soundtrack of classical musical is fine, but will trigger some skeptical buyers to wonder what noises you may be attempting to cover up – particularly if you are in a condo or other potentially thin-walled property where neighbor noise might be an issue. On the other hand, birdsong could be attractive to some buyers. Artificial air fresheners? Not so significantly. The scent of the jasmine or lavender that grows inside your yard? Even allergy victims can appreciate that.

You might be desensitized to the wonderful views of trees, mountains or even water outside your window, but pulling back the curtains so prospective buyers can see for themselves is an absolute should.

House getting is often a multi-sensory encounter – visual staging of the property itself is no longer a plus, it is a ought to. But homes which develop pleasant impressions that fire on all of a buyer’s sensory cylinders surely have the edge on their competition.

2) Your happiness.

Video and even written love letters that extoll all the virtues for which you love your neighbors, your neighborhood and your property are contagious to buyers. I’ve observed sellers aid buyers see their houses through their own loving eyes by posting videos on YouTube and including the link on the listing flyer or even by putting a binder containing a letter plus menus and flyers from their favorite neighborhood restaurants, dry cleaners and other nearby merchants out on the counter during showings.

Wide-open curtains that let light stream in, light and bright paint and decor colors along with other home features that science has proven make residents more happy and functional also produce this thought process in a buyer’s mind: “Hmm, these people appear pleased here. I could be, too.”

Similarly, indicators that you invested a good deal of adore in your home, by keeping it in immaculate order and pristine condition, by tending a well-cared for kitchen garden, lovingly furnishing and creating comfortable (if not overly customizing) your kids’ rooms, all produce the feel that a residence was happily lived in – it’s like staging your property having a life well-lived, not just paint and tile.

3) The freeway or subway you thought was too close.

There’s such a thing as a freeway or elevated train tracks becoming too close to your house; if your location rattles or roars, for instance, every time the train passes, chances any buyer will view that as a selling point are pretty slim. Nevertheless, homebuyer attitudes toward being located near freeways and subways or bus lines are a-changing. Every single upward click of gas costs renders buyers a tiny bit far more interested in a location that is much more commutable.

Where yesteryear’s buyers had been all about the posh exclusivity of far-out suburbia, today’s buyers are more interested in monetary and ecological efficiency and convenience. I’ve never heard so many homebuyers looking to own homes that will enable them to ditch their cars entirely as I’ve in recent years!

What may well once have been seen as too close to the freeway has gotten a brand new spin, lately, as a extremely convenient, commuter-friendly location.

4) Your neighbors.

Most homeowners contemplating selling their homes recognize the significance of well-kept neighboring houses. A lot of a buyer has pulled up to an incredible house, viewed it, and left shaking their head with woe due to the fact they just can’t cotton to getting the place on account of the shoulder-high weeds, car inside the yard or crumbling ruins of the home next door.

On the flip side, your neighbors themselves – not just the houses, but the folks – can in fact aid sell your home. Numerous homeowners know people who need to live in their neck of the woods; this is 1 reason several seasoned real estate experts hold their listings open to neighbors and send out postcards to neighbors announcing the listing – the neighbors might know people who are thinking about your house! Also, neighbors who are out and about chatting with each other, laughing and playing with their children, mowing their lawns or painting their fences, or even who just offer a smile and useful location information to the buyer-to-be they pass on the street can make a extremely favorable impression on prospective buyers.

It is a fantastic notion, if and once you determine to list your residence for sale, to touch base with neighbors you know and let them know; it is in their very best interests to get excellent new neighbors, so they may be able to go the extra mile in showing the neighborhood’s greatest asset – themselves – off to its very best benefit.

5) Your pets.

The New York Times ran a piece a couple of months ago about sweet, well-behaved dogs (and cats!) who reportedly helped sell their owners’ Manhattan apartments. In a departure from the conventional wisdom that dogs need to be removed and every single trace of their presence erased from the residence throughout showings, the post featured numerous buyers and brokers attesting to their belief that the presence of a specific cat or dog “help[ed] sell a property by producing the location appear warmer or more appealing.” And I’m sure you’ve all heard me tell the story of the San Diego buyer who fell in love having a tract house listed at a price higher than all of the nearly identical comparables he’d noticed and wanted to make a full-price provide instantly – so lengthy as the deal included the dog!

Definitely consult together with your agent just before you decide to implement leaving your dog at house for showings as part of your strategy. I’m a dog lover, and could be concerned that someone may inadvertently let 1 of “my girls” out, if I left them there whilst my home was becoming shown; also, would-be buyers or their agents may possibly have allergies your pet could set off. Lately, it appears like I’ve noticed many brokers attempting to capture the very best of both worlds by generating certain that the family pet or even the broker’s own pet is captured in a charming tableau in 1 or 2 of the listing pictures, even if they’re not present at the residence in the course of showings.

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Comments (0) Jun 09 2011

10 Short Sales questions and tips

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Here are 10 frequently asked short sales made questions which are incredibly useful especially if you are just getting started or contemplating quick sales as a means to acquiring pre-foreclosures.

1. What occurs on the seller’s credit rating when they permit an investor to short sell their property?

What typically takes place is the loan will show up as “paid” on their credit report; even so there will probably be a notation that says “settled for less than originally owed” or something along these lines. It’s additional favorable for a homeowner to small promote than to have a foreclosures on their credit report.

2. Where do you find investors for short sales?

Depending on where you live, you may see buyers who advertise with bandit signs or in your local newspaper. Call the investors directly and ask them if they’re experienced in performing short product sales and if they would be interested in working with you. Another good place is your nearby real estate investors club meeting.

3. Define a short sales?

A short selling is really a form of pre-foreclosure sale made and occurs when the mortgagee agrees to accept much less than the loan volume to avoid foreclosure. A negotiated short sale results inside a discounted buy price for the buyer. The buyer would finance the acquisition significantly the same as in any conventional realty acquisition.!. but devoid of the luxury of time.

4. Can an proprietor profit from a short sale?

The seller can’t profit (monetarily) from a pre-foreclosure short sale.!!! But you will find usually exceptions towards the rule.

5. How do bankruptcies affect the possibility of carrying out a short sale?

Most mortgagees won’t take into account a short sale if the house owner is in bankruptcy.!.why? Due to the fact negotiating a short sale made payoff is considered a collection activity. Collection activities are prohibited in bankruptcy.

6. Can somebody tell me what paperwork do I have to include inside a short sale package?

Documents depend on the lender. Each loan company has diverse requirements. It is typical to require hardship letter, buy and sales contract, ECOR, settlement statement (HUD 1), net sheet, pay stubs, bank statements, personal financial sheet (monthly budget), amongst other things.

7. What percentage of mortgage firms send somebody out for an appraisal on a achievable short sale?

All lenders order a BPO or full appraisal of the asset prior to making their decision to accept or reject the short purchase offer. This is there only way of assessing the worth of your home.

8. How late in the pre-foreclosure procedure can you begin a short sale?

Attempt to allow a window of at least 90 days to effectuate a mortgagee approved, pre-foreclosure Short Sale made.

9. What is a Due on Sale clause?

“Due on Sale” Clause (DOS) Provision inside a mortgage or deed of trust calling for the total payoff of your loan balance inside event of a selling or transfer of title towards the secured genuine asset. A contract provision which authorizes the loan provider, at its choice, to declare immediately due and payable sums secured by the lender’s security instrument upon a purchase of all or any part of the genuine home securing the loan devoid of the lender’s prior written consent.

For purposes of this definition, a sale or transfer indicates the conveyance of authentic house of any proper, title or interest therein, regardless of whether legal or equitable, regardless of whether voluntary or involuntary, by for deed, leasehold interest with a term greater than three years, lease-option contract or any other technique of conveyance of true home interests. Standard language which states that the mortgage must be paid when a house is sold.

10. Will banks enable a short sale when the owner has some or a beneficial sum of equity?

If a asset has what the financial institution would consider a substantial quantity of equity, chances are they would take into account allowing the asset to foreclose and then reselling it closer towards the retail value. Focus on homes that don’t have much equity. Your job will be to create the fairness in the home by negotiating a successful short sale made.

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Comments (1) Sep 12 2010

Top mistakes to avoid to get your short sales approved and closed.

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Yes, these are the top mistakes to avoid in order to have your short sales approved and eventually closed as I experience them with my fellow agents who work with me on short sales.

~ Not submitting multiple offers.
My experience tells me that providing multiple offers to the lender has indeed helped to show that the agent is doing all he/she can do to get the home sold. The multiple offers will make the difference. However, the servicing lenders generally do not like them. There is a second benefit to it: if the selected buyer walks, there is another purchase contract that can carry the deal to close.

~ Not submitting a proposal.
Many short sale agents just send a complete short sale package. It is true that you must have complete documentation, but it is important to draft a full proposal, as well. Organizing your request to approve a short sale has often made the difference between success and failure with the agents.
Also, many agents still think that the servicing lender is the one who approves the short sale and that they can actually negotiate with that lender’s “negotiator”. However, most loan notes are actually owned by the SMI and either they, or an MI insurance carrier if they have paid off a claim, approve or reject the short sale.

~ Not communicating adequately with parties.
Buyers are patient to a limit. Same with Communicating cooperating agents. You may think about weekly updates to all parties, more often when things happen. You can put a password protected area in your website where buyers and all parties can review the updates. Buyers must be part of the process and be motivated to hang in there when approval takes a long time.

~ Hardship.
Not meeting the definition of “hardship”. Like a criminal case wherein each element of the criminal statute must be proved, in short sale cases the hardship letter and financial documents must prove each element necessary for a secondary market investor to render a finding of “hardship”, and approve the short sale. The hardship letter must contain certain elements, without which, the case will be rejected. Make sure to get it right in the first place because a second attempt will ruined the authenticity of the transaction.

~ The lender’s net.
That’s what will make a short sale go through or not at the end of the day. The most important reason that a short sale is not approved is not meeting the net to lender, calculating the minimum threshold percentage of the fair market value. In the past, secondary market investors utilized the short sale versus REO comparison analysis to approve or reject a short sale. However, almost all SMIs have changed over to the minimum threshold analysis. That analysis ignores the amount of the debt and focuses on proof of the current fair market value of the property. For different SMIs and even different products, there is a set minimum threshold percentage of the fair market value that must be received in order for the proposal to be approved. Many agents erroneously believe they are still using the old comparison analysis.

So, the bottom line is this:
If a proposal meets the definition of hardship and that hardship is supported by the financial documents, you do nothing to cause the servicing lender to tank the proposal, and the offer meets the net to lender minimum threshold percentage of the fair market value, the short sale will be approved and if a qualified buyer remains, the transaction will close.

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Short sales document: Short payoff offer & proposal letter

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This is the short payoff offer I use when I need to present the offer and the short sale package to the lender.
You can copy/paste it and use it as you wish.

SHORT PAYOFF OFFER & PROPOSAL LETTER

Date: November 18, 2009
To: Amy Butler – Loss Mitigation Representative
Lender: Acme Bank
Loan Number: 011-12-1234
Borrower Name: John F. Doe
Property Address: 123 Main St. Miami, FL 33141
Auction Date: 1/ 12/2010

*** NET AMOUNT OF SHORT SALE OFFER TO ACME BANK $168,000.00 ***

Dear Ms. Butler:

We are submitting for your review and subsequent approval, this comprehensive SHORT SALE
SUMMARY PACKAGE pursuant to our recent telephone conversation regarding the possibility of a discounted payoff on the aforementioned defaulted mortgage loan.

We are working very closely with your Borrower to facilitate a sale of the above referenced property. We have in fact entered into a purchase and sale contract (attached). I represent the Buyer and my clients are seeking to buy the property without the need for a mortgage contingency and subject only to your approval of this short sale proposal. Inspections have been completed. This sale requires and is only contingent upon your approval of the short sale offer subsequent to your approval of our request for a discounted payoff, we can close very quickly. We guarantee a cash based closing of the transaction within 5-10 days of acceptance of our offer.

We have been given complete authorization by the Borrower to discuss the mortgage loan that is presently in default that you are seeking to foreclose. We have again included a signed Letter of Authorization executed by the Borrower, which has been previously faxed to you.
Our contract offer to the Seller, Mr. John F. Doe, is $181,000.00 which will net your bank $168,000.00 after all closing costs and expenses which you can see on the Estimated HUD Statement attached hereto.

We understand that in order for our offer to be accepted that there may be additional due diligence which may need to be completed. Should a second Broker’s Price Opinion (BPO) be necessary, or if one has never been completed, we urge you to have one completed and as we have control of the property we would like to meet with your representative to ensure a proper assessment of the scope of repairs of the subject property and a true and accurate appraisal of the estimated “AS-IS” value of the subject property.
In order to obtain the most accurate valuation, it is our belief that it is imperative that the interior of the house be viewed and that the BPO not be limited to a cursory drive-by viewing or desktop appraisal or automated valuation.

Loan Number: 011-12-1234
Borrower Name: John F. Doe
Property Address: 123 Main St.
Miami, FL 33141
Auction Date: 1/12/2010

We can provide interior access to the house to your representative and will meet with your
representative with 48 hours notice.
As an auction date is pending in the very near future, (January 12, 2010) we believe TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE in resolving this matter. We are prepared to close this transaction within 5-10 business days from receiving written notification of your acceptance of this offer or our acceptance of any counter offer that you may make in response to our offer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us as necessary as we stand ready to
facilitate and expediting a short sale payoff on the aforementioned loan.

Sincerely,

Your name

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Comments (2) Jan 05 2010

Short sales document: the reduction letter

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Another document you may need time to time is a letter for the lender asking for a price reduction.
Here is an example below that you can copy/paste.

Date

Bank Name
Loss Mitigation Department
Address
City, State Zip

Re: (account number)

Dear (enter negotiator’s name) or To Whom It May Concern:

This property has been a difficult sell from the beginning. It has been listed for (enter # of months) as you can see by the enclosed information we have had multiple showings, but the feedback shows that the price is too high and the (condition of the property,) more importantly is the real problem.

We hardly had any showings at the original price and since we have dropped the price the showings have increased, but still no offers to date. This home is not in the best condition for the area. Please review my photos that I have also enclosed.

The recent sales in the area have been an average of (enter # of days) on the market and have brought (XX)% of the asking price. Please also analyze this information as well.

My hopes are that you will consider an immediate price reduction to (enter dollar amount) in order to get an offer on the table. The sellers have been very cooperative with regards to making the home available for showings.

Our market continues to struggle and the outlook, as I’m sure you are aware, is less than desirable for sellers. We are also seeing a decline in prices in this and most areas in close proximity to (enter property address). Please be assured I am working very hard to get this property sold and would sincerely appreciate any and all cooperation on your behalf.

Please let me know your thoughts of this request.

Sincerely,

Signature
Printed Name
Contact Information

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Real Estate agent: documents you need for your short sales.

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First of all, understand the short sales.

A short sale is a transaction that happens when a homeowner is owning more money on his/her home than what it is worth in today’s Real Estate market, and when the bank or the lender is willing to take less than what the homeowner owes.
Most of the time, that bank or lender will be able to collect more money with a short sale than if the homeowner goes into bankruptcy or foreclosure. That’s why they will be listening to short sales under certain circumstances.
For the homeowner, the short sale transaction is a better situation than going bankrupt or foreclosed. They credit will be hurt for 2 or 3 years instead of the 7+ years in a foreclosure situation.

Secondly, here are a list of documents you will need in order to prepare the short sale transaction with the bank representative:

FOR THE REALTOR:

  • ~ Signed letter of authorization from seller authorizing you to negotiate with the lender on their behalf.
  • ~ Letter of facts about the property. Everything that is wrong with the property and why it is impossible to sell it at a higher price.
  • ~ Current Market Analysis. Highlight comparable sales that reflect the lower value.
  • ~ Photographs. Remember, the photographs aren’t to highlight a charming house. Photograph evidence of damage, bad location, etc…
  • ~ Evidence of all showings and feedback. Explain to lender results and conversations you’ve had while trying to sell the property.
  • ~ Copy of listing contract/MLS Listing/MLS history.
  • ~ Current “AS IS” CMA.
  • ~ Copy of purchase contract if you have one.
  • ~ Preliminary HUD
  • ~ Make sure the seller has a detailed, tear jerking letter of hardship. See an example here
  • ~ Sales and services Quotes

Also, insert copies of the following if any:
1. Code Violations
2. Fines
3. Hearing Information regarding the maintenance of the property
4. Evidence of lawsuits the City is filing against lenders
5. Evidence of pending litigation or changes in the law
6. Insert Tenant / Landlord provisions if it helps your case
7. Evidence of the town / city’s enforcement of fines against other banks
8. Latent Material Defect
9. Sexual offenders and predators

FROM THE SELLER:

    -Two years tax returns and W-2′s.
    -Three months bank statements.
    -Pay stubs for last 30 days.
    -Detailed monthly budget.
    -All mortgages with account numbers.
    -Copy of the deed.
    -Copy of the note and/or mortgage
    -Pending bankruptcy, or other action/judgment or lis pendens.
    -Tear jerking hardship letter. See an example here

Buyers generally get a lot more house for their money in a short sale situation, because these properties are usually very competitively priced in order for the sellers to unload them before they end up in foreclosure. It’s a very good situation for them. The only downside I see is often the multiple offers situation for those short sale properties. But there are a lot of short sale properties available in the Cape Coral Florida market than in other parts of the country, so this area is the place to buy!.

So, if you are thinking of buying a short sale, here are 3 tips:

1 – Find a Realtor with short sales experience. There are many rigorous short sales and foreclosure training programs available to real estate agents, including the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and the Short Sales and Foreclosures Resource Certification (SFR). If you wish to purchase a short sale property in Cape Coral, Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, you will greatly increase your chances of getting your deal to closing if your agent is experienced and comfortable with short sales….either through a short sales certification program, or through hard knocks experience in the field.

2 – Get pre-approved. No short sale offer will be considered without a pre-approval or a proof of funds letter. If you have not yet been pre-approved by a local lender and are not sure who to call, your real estate agent is a good source of referrals. The pre-qualification process generally takes less than 30 minutes, and can be done over the phone, however, a pre-approval takes longer but is better than a pre-qualification. Make sure you work with a local lender – today’s wild & woolly finance environment means that you greatly increase your chances of closing a deal if you use a local lender with a good reputation. All short sale offers must be submitted with a pre-approval letter, or with a proof of funds, as bank’s statements, in the case of a cash transaction.

3) Submit your highest and best offer the first time around! Lenders generally do not counteroffer….they will either say “Yes” or “No”. So if you are going to go through the process of waiting 60 days or more to hear back from the lender, you will greatly increase your chances of hearing that “Yes!” if you submit a good, solid offer with no contingencies.

Once you submit an offer that is approved by the seller, the seller has to submit your offer to their lender to see if the lender will accept the offer as well….remember, in a short sale situation the lender is agreeing to accept less than what the homeowner owes on the mortgage…..and the lender is going to do whatever they can to minimize the amount of that loss to their bottom line. Parting with their profits is not something that comes easy to lenders…..so it takes awhile to find out if they are willing to take the level of financial beating that is inherent in the amount you are offering. Sometimes the wait can be up to 90 days….sometimes much more (the amount of the wait often depends upon which lender holds the paper).

Look at the frustrating wait time as the price you pay for getting the chance to get a home you might not otherwise be able to afford.

If you want to receive listing from banks, this program will give tremendous help to get in the game as well.

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Investors: what you should do during a BPO.

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Once you have sent your offer of 55% of the lowest average comparable and deducting for any repairs to the bank, the bank is going to hire a third party company to have a look at the property that is being discounted or what it is called a short sale transaction.

The following steps are what you have to consider to have a successful outcome from that third party that is doing the BPO/Appraisal.

Make yourself the contact person for the process.
When the third party company that is calling you to schedule an appointment, you want to make sure that the person on the phone knows the fact that this property is been foreclosed and do they know that it has a contract to be sold. Most of the people just want to come out and take pictures and run to the next one. They are in it to get as many done in a day as possible because they are getting paid minimal money to do this task, most of them being Real Estate agent that are not producing enough for a living. Build a rapport with them right out of the door and ask them a few questions while you have them on the phone. For examples:

Do you know that the bank is looking for a quick sale value on this home?

How long have you been doing BPO/Appraisals?
As you are listening, you are on a mission to gain information. You will be able to use this information to give you more details on how to proceed with this particular person before meeting them at the property.

How many of these inspections are you doing a day?
How many have you done in the last month/last week? And so on…

What is the name of your company/Phone #/Fax #/cell phone#?
So you can contact them ahead of time to confirm your meeting when set.
I also call some of them time to time for tips about new foreclosures.

If it is a Realtor, ask if they do a lot of REO’s.
This is a bank foreclosed home that Realtor’s like to list after they have been foreclosed on. You want to be sure on this because it will help you know how to proceed in handling the person in the field.

If it is an appraisal you are going to
You want to know this as well because an appraisal will be a little longer than a BPO. They are going to measure the property just like they did when it was purchased. They will do the size of bedrooms, how many rooms, all interior pictures, front and back pictures of the house and more…

Compiling all the right paperwork to take to the meeting at the house consist of the following:

A folder that has all information about the property
Write in big “Foreclosure” and “Working with banks and sellers to liquidate properties” on the front of the folder.

A copy of the purchase and sale agreement
You sent it to the loss mitigation department. It should be completed and executed in a time frame of 30 days or less.

A hardship letter
The hardship letter we were talking about here from the seller explaining why they are losing their home.

A repair estimate of the house
All documents supporting the value that is being offered. Made you homework here. You’ll get better at it with experience though.

Low comparable from the property
Get you comps from Real Estate agents, MLS and so on. Get the lowest 3 similar LISTED and 3 SOLD properties. The keyword is lowest here!

Articles from newspaper or online articles
Try to get newspaper articles explaining the down turn of the market or any problem of the area where the property is located. Check online local newspaper as well.

Copy of the building sketch of the property
If it is an appraisal, supply the appraiser with a copy of the building sketch of the property. This will put a smile on the appraiser face because it helps them get their job done sooner. This move will instantly put yourself as knowledgeable and therefore, your numbers as much more accurate, even if you may be a bit low :-)

The day when you are meeting them at the property
Make sure you call and confirm they are going to be on time. Be professional.

Arrive early so you have a chance to get a feel of the house
Drive by the neighborhood and look for any signs in yards. Take them down if any and remove any flyer/advertising you may have at the house. You do not want them to know what you are marketing it for. Look around the house for any new damages or negatives to point out.

When the agent gets there
DO NOT HAND them the package you have. Lay it down somewhere visible in the house (kitchen counter or on bar). Start building a rapport with them. Have a conversation about anything, something in common (have a quick look at his/her car bumper sticker. You most probably see something he/she like to talk about: pets, football team, etc…). Ask how they are doing and get a little personal.

Do not start bashing the house
As if you want a low value, it is important though that you don’t bash the property. Let them in and walk the house showing them around from behind them. That will let you read their body language. Do not get up in their face. Be nice and have a sense of humor about the meeting and that you two are in this together.

The Big Question!!
When the agent/appraiser asks who you are in this process, whenever this comes up, either on the phone in the beginning or on the way there when you are confirming the appointment, DO NOT LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE AN INVESTOR. You are just the person meeting them there to show them the house. Minimize yourself. If they ask you if you are the listing agent or the Realtor® and you are not, let them know that our company works with the seller and the bank to liquidate the property. If you are a Realtor® then answer yes I am a Realtor® but working to help the seller.

What should I wear to this meeting?
Try not to over dress or look like you are better, smarter or know more than they do. Play at their level or below. Allow them to be in control or at least think they are in control (better results). Ask them if there is anything else that they need. Include a couple of newbie’s questions about their field. Leave an impression that you know he/she is the professional here.

Getting the package in their hand.
Talk a little about the market and show them things that need repair along the way. However, be helpful not forceful. When you pass by the package pick it up and let them know you have a copy anyway. Inform them that it contains info like comps, the current purchase agreement, etc… You don’t have to tell them everything in it because they can see it for themselves. You want them to ask you for it. Let it be their idea of getting it instead of it seeming like you are forcing it in their face, you must take this type of approach.

What do you think of the value?
After the meeting, hint around about the value. “What do you think the value will come in at?” “Ballpark figure”. Come across with the seller needs to sell attitude rather than they want to sell. If the agent/appraiser will tell, that is okay.

Can I follow up with you?
Have either yourself or someone else follow up with them 24 hours after the value was done. Thank them for coming out, be polite and ask them if they have completed the value and sent it in to the bank.

Calling 24 hours later.
Start out asking them how it is going. Then ask them if they have completed any more inspections since the one they did with you. By this time you should have an idea of how well they are going to respond. Just ask what they thought the value came in at and did the value come in around the contract price.

After that, call the bank and ask if they have received the value and can they accept the offer that you have submitted. If not, ask them to call you back with the approval as soon as they get it.

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Short sales documents

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There are a significant number of short sales in the Cape Coral area. And I see also a significant number or Real Estate agent that have a false idea of what is a short sale. A short sale is a Real Estate transaction where a homeowner is selling his/her property. It is NOT the lender who is selling it. The lender just takes a loss. If you are involved in a short sale transaction, here are the documents needed:

Purchase and sale agreement.
This is the contract, the accepted offer. This document shows that an owner is willing to transfer ownership of the property to a buyer, under a specific set of conditions and/or terms. The purchase and sale agreement needs to be well-executed. To be legally binding, it must be signed by all who have their name on the deed.

Hardship Letter.
The hardship letter is an important document written by a homeowner to his/her lender, explaining the reasons for being unable to continue paying the mortgage. To be effective, it must state the homeowner’s situation, show concern, and demonstrate that the homeowner is taking action for the problem to be resolved. It is even better if this letter is hand written and not very long.

Homeowner’s financial statement.
This is a document presenting all income, assets and liabilities. The homeowner and all co-borrowers must be included on this worksheet.

Latest two bank statements.
If the homeowner has more than one account, all the statements must be presented.

Latest two pay stubs if any.
If the homeowner has more than one job, all the stubs must be shown. Unemployed homeowners must present the latest available. Self-employed individuals can provide a profit and loss report.

Last two years tax returns.
Sometimes, homeowners in a foreclosure situation have missed filing their taxes. In this case, present the latest available and write a personal note to the lender explaining the situation very clearly.

Last two years W-2s.
Employers provide this to employees and the IRS every year. Provide the latest available.

In addition, if relevant and available, you may include the following list of documents. Those may be useful as well. In some instances, they are absolutely necessary.

    * Death certificate
    * Divorce decree
    * Incarceration decree
    * Bankruptcy discharge letter
    * Relief from stay
    * Proof of disability
    * Insurance claims
    * Police reports
    * Court approvals
    * Anything that may be useful

Additional Documents.
Once in contact with the lender, these two additional documents will be needed.

Listing agreement.
Lenders want to see if the property is listed or has been listed by an agent. They like to see that homeowners are serious about selling and did everything in their power to sell it, or to be out of their problem. This is also a must for real estate agent commission allowance.

HUD-1.
This is the RESPA compliant settlement net sheet. RESPA stands for Real Estate Settlement Provisions Act. It shows who gets paid what, and how much. This document shows the main thing the lender wants to know: How much the lender will get. You can get in touch with you favorite title company to have it ready as a good faith estimate.

Those are the documents needed for a short sale to be negotiated and it is important for Real Estate agent to be ready right away. That will help you, your sellers and the buyer’s agents. The more complete, the better. The degree of what is acceptable varies from lender to lender. Some lenders are more demanding than others. Have all these documents. The short sale will go a lot smoother.

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