You may have been reading or heard about all the money that you can save today with the purchase of a short sale home. Many people who do not even have any experience with buying homes or real estate investments are now buying these homes with great success. This is, however, a process that must be fully understood before being undertaken.
When you are buying this real estate, you are essentially purchasing a home at a heavily discounted price. The words “Short Sale” basically mean that the seller’s lender is willing to accept a payoff amount less than balance of the current mortgage. You can make offers on homes, which the seller and their lender will then consider. Both the seller and the lender must be in agreement for the short sale to be accepted.
Lenders will most often allow a home to be listed for short sale if the current buyer has fallen behind on mortgage payments or has completely stopped making payments. However, in some cases a lender might allow the current buyer to list the home as a short sale even if they are completely current on their mortgage payments. Situations like this may happen when the buyer has become “upside down”(owing more than the home is even worth) in the home due to the real estate market value dropping.
If you are considering buying a short sale house, it is vital that you do some investigation once you have found a potential home. Finding out whether a foreclosure notice has been issued and learning the amount that is still owed on the home, information that an agent can obtain for you, will help you in deciding if this is a good chance to make an offer. Lenders that offer a home that they are foreclosing on may be more motivated than those who have homes that the buyers are still making payments on. Knowing the amount owed is helpful since it will give you an idea of the finances behind the deal: How much the lender might be willing to sell for. Getting all of the pertinent information can save you a bundle when you are purchasing these properties.