Put Short Sales at the bottom of your list

When looking for a new home put Short Sales at the bottom of your list. The reason most Short Sales fall out of escrow is the buyers get tired of waiting for the bank to accept their offer. In most cases it takes months for the Short Sale bank to respond to your offer and then you might find out they want to counter with a higher price.  Or perhaps you have waited several months for the bank to respond they at the last minute a new buyer comes in with a higher offer than yours.  At the very least I hope you keep looking for another “perfect” home while waiting for the bank to respond, and no, it is not legal to write offers on several Short Sales and take the first one that is approved (unless you disclose your intent on all offers).

Maybe everything goes along perfect, the bank accepts your offer and then you find out the sellers have changed their mind.  Rather than go through with the Short Sale they will let the bank foreclose and live in the house for several more months without paying their mortgage.

Speaking of waiting, did you realize that you don’t lock your loan rate until the bank accepts your offer?  This means you may write your offer when rates are in the 4% range and by the time the bank accepts your offer rates may have gone up close to 6%.

Don’t think you are getting a better price on a Short Sale either.  Many times the bank will list the home for a lower price as an REO (foreclosed home) than a Short Sale offer they refused.

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