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The beginning of the story of closing the Northstead short sale in Natomas goes back to last summer. I received a frantic call from the mother of the owner (a veteran) of this home. Recently discharged from the military for medical reasons, the veteran’s mother held power of attorney to sell his house. Both mother and son lived in South Dakota. When the seller bought this home originally, his wife executed an interspousal transfer deed, and she moved into the home with their children.
What foresight, though. Like he almost knew the relationship would not last. The interspousal transfer deed meant the wife could not claim any community interest in the property. Ever.
When I tell you the views from this home overlooking the Catta Verdera Golf Course in Lincoln are spectacular and mind blowing, you will still need to tour this home for yourself because photos can’t do enough justice and words will render you speechless, particularly when you’re absorbing the view in person from this back yard. The Catta Verdera Golf Course is part of the Catta Verdera Country Club, which boasts the only 4 1/2 star golf course in Northern California. This .3571 lot sits high on the hill with views of Sutter Buttes and the Sacramento Valley, as far as the eye can see.
Whose problem is it when a Chase FHA short sale takes more than a year to close escrow? I get so many calls from home buyers wondering why is that Carmichael short sale still for sale month after month, and I feel like telling them to go look in the mirror. Yet, this home I only sold 3 times, so that’s about right, on average it works out to about 4 months for each buyer. I am one of the few agents in Sacramento who will handle a short sale, which is why I have sold more short sales than anybody over the past 10 years.
Although it is rare nowadays to list a short sale because there are so few in Sacramento anymore, it doesn’t mean I change how we handle a Natomas short sale offer. The same rules apply, same principles and same practice. I know there are other listing agents who might grab the first Natomas short sale offer that comes along, but that’s not how I advise my sellers.
Having sold more short sales than any other agent in a 7-county area over the past 10 years, my experience as a top Sacramento short sale agent speaks volumes. We don’t want to drag the process out any longer than necessary. If the buyer refuses to conform to the practices we put into place, they are not a viable buyer for us. It blows my mind that buyer’s agents fight us, but they often do. They don’t think ahead, they don’t stop to consider the harm they cause, to the seller and the listing agent and everybody else in the transaction, when their buyer is not fully committed to the process.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a bank try to discount our real estate commissions, but a Guild Mortgage short sale shows the bank is not in tune with Sacramento short sales. All of the federally insured mortgages, including the HAFA short sale program, pay 6% commission but not a Guild Mortgage short sale. By the time I’m through paying my assistant for handling all of the paperwork, the net result is pretty minimal.
The MLS instructions allow the buyer’s agent to share in that forced reduction. Sometimes, depending on the transaction, including how much work I have to do on the buyer’s side, I let the buyer’s agent share in that reduction, but I have not done that for a long time. Generally, I am generous. I often will absorb the full hit myself rather than pass it along to the other agent. Especially if that agent has cooperated fully with the terms.