Peralta Trails SaddleAre you ready for what lies ahead on the Short Sale Path?

One of the most confusing and frustrating types of real estate sales is the short sale transaction.   Having helped  owners that have a financial hardship and negative equity sell their home and also assisted  buyers in the purchase of short sales, I felt it would be beneficial to highlight  some different facets of Phoenix area short sales.  Here are two simple facts that will help a buyer become more prepared and successful when considering a waterfront short sale or any type of short sale purchase.

The  1st Riparian Preserve Short  sale pathThing to remember about a short sale ……. The Bank/Lender Does NOT set the list  price

Especially when the property is first put on the market, the list price is an arbitrary number  the Realtor has chosen.  The listed  sales price will continue to be reduced until an offer is received and accepted by the owner.  Then the short sale package along with the offer goes to the bank … and the wait begins.  It is very common that when no offer  at the listed price, you’ll see periodic price reductions until a buyer says, “Wow, what a deal” and submits an offer.  When an offer on a short sale property has been submitted and the bank responded but the buyer is long gone, the property will be relisted and now there is better understanding of what the bank will accept.

I must point out that Wachovia Bank is getting way ahead of the curve.  Believe it or not, in the Phoenix area the Wachovia short sale negotiator will start the process once the home is listed.  The negotiator will  meet with the seller, qualify them regarding their hardship, and close in 45 days after receiving an acceptable offer. Hopefully other banks will follow.  If you have a Wachovia loan and need to sell, please call me for details on this great program.

2nd Thing to Remember about a short sale……. The Bank/Lender  does thier own market analysis.Sabino Canyon 009

Buyers and their agent should sit down and carefully review the comparable sales in the neighborhood for similar houses.  Nothing is more dangerous than a “type A” personality person seeing an aggresively priced below market short sale and then settling for nothing less than submitting a low ball offer 20% offer below the listed price.  Why? Because  the lender will do their own market analysis through a BPO (Broker Price Opinion) or appraisal.  They don’t really care what the list price is, they didn’t set it.  Once they have determined the market value, they will decide how much of a discount they are willing to accept and that will drive the counter offer to the buyer that has been waiting for 3 months.  If the buyer did their homework and understood that they are likely to receive a 10% discount below market value and are prepared for that price in a counter offer, you are more prepared than most buyers and may endure the Phoenix short sale process.

Phoenix Waterfront Short Sale Searches:

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For more details on the intriguing part of the market called short sales, please call me at 480-326-8571 for more stories information.

$299,000 :: 3542 E CLAXTON Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,834 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 06/30/17, Last Updated: 09/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5627318
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/7/2017 by 2%
Status: Active

This nicely-sized, roomy home features custom paint, crown molding, updated ceiling fans and light fixtures, dual windows, garden tub in master, and a loft with wood floors. Kitchen opens to family room and has redwood cabinetry, corian counters, extra large walk-in pantry area. Views out windows include lots of green trees and some mountains. Back yard has lots of room for a pool! Home is located in popular San Tan Ranch community, with highly rated schools, multiple family parks and a low HOA! This quiet neighborhood is close to lots of shopping and restaurants, including San Tan Mall area, Costco, and Harkins. Location has easy access to freeway and rest of the valley.

Listed with Century 21-Towne & Country

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$265,000 :: 1308 E MINERAL Road, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,230 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 09/15/17, Last Updated: 09/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5660968
Community: STONECREEK TWO LOT 232-382 TR
Status: Active

Pre-Approved Short Sale Opportunity! Ready for your personal touch, this 2 story, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,230 sqft home in Gilbert's Stone Creek which borders Freestone Park and is close to shopping, dining and easy access to the freeway. Vaulted ceilings, Fireplace in living room, covered patio in backyard. Full master bathroom with two sinks and separate shower and tub.

Listed with Keller Williams Realty East Valley

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$349,800 :: 4538 E RAKESTRAW Lane, Gilbert AZ, 85298

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,114 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 01/21/17, Last Updated: 09/06/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5550164
Community: Trilogy at Power Ranch
Tract: Trilogy at Power Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/25/2017 by 1%
Status: Active

Move in ready 55+ community. Tons of upgrades include: the Zen Style Garden and Water Feature! The Kitchen is a chefs dream w/huge curved Island for cooking and entertaining. Stunning Hickory cabinets, Sleek Granite Slab and Gorgeous Custom Diagonal tile! The 3rd bedroom features handsome SOLID WOOD floors The wood Bookcase is not built in but the owner will leave it as part of the home. Separate Master Bedroom entrance to the Garden. The fireplace makes a statement & PLUS a Formal Dining room or use it for a pool table as shown in the picture. Updated AC-2016, new water heater in 2014. Plantation shutters, his and hers sinks! Prewired Stereo in living rm. Many UNseen Energy upgrades!SEE Doc Tab 4 upgrades

Listed with Homesmart

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$265,000 :: 2615 E PATRICK Court, Gilbert AZ, 85295

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,250 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 02/04/16, Last Updated: 08/21/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5394080
The price of this listing was last increased on 6/22/2017 by 6%
Status: Active

This is an incredible short sale opportunity** This home is a must see. No use of a third party negotiator. Offer is subject to lenders approval. Don't hesitate making an offer

Listed with RE/MAX-Preferred Choice

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