Make a Commitment to Your Sacramento Short Sale

Make a commitment to your sacramento short saleIf you’re committed to doing a short sale in Sacramento, you should be committed to the long haul, just like your Sacramento short sale agent. It’s kind of a two-way street. A seller promises to provide financial documents over and over until her eyes spin, and an agent promises to submit those financials to the short sale bank while keeping her personal opinions to herself. OK, maybe not that last part. The point is nobody gives up and splits.

An agent called me yesterday to say she had received short sale approval for a seller on a file she started working on about a year ago. She had struggles like we all have struggles. It was tough to get the home in marketable condition, and one of the parties to the short sale was not exactly cooperable. The agent had put the home on the market but could not open the short sale with the bank because she was missing documents. Her solution was to cancel the listing.

This is the thing about short sales and life in general. You can learn from your own mistakes or you can learn from somebody else’s. It’s easier to learn from somebody else. My suggestion to the agent was to put the home into temporarily off the market status, but don’t give up on your seller. Don’t look at the seller who isn’t cooperating, focus on the seller who is agreeable and committed to the short sale process. The other guy will come around.

Sacramento short sale agents have a responsibility to many parties in the short sale. As a listing agent, we have a fiduciary responsibility to the sellers. If there are two sellers, that responsibility extends to both parties, even if those parties are divorced and not speaking to each other. As a short sale listing agent, we have a responsibility to the buyer’s agent and the buyer, too. If an agent has reason to believe the short sale will not happen, the agent should not list that short sale nor present it for sale to the marketplace. It’s not fair to a buyer to sit in escrow week after week waiting for approval when it’s not gonna happen.

The agent took the home off the market and put it into limbo status in MLS. She continued to work on the short sale. She didn’t throw in the towel and walk away. She honored her commitment to the Sacramento short sale. It took a year but both parties finally cooperated and she received short sale approval.

I keep telling people this secret but they don’t believe me. The secret to a successful short sale is commitment. Don’t give up. Not every short sale will close the first time around. You might have to submit that short sale for approval a second time or a third time or a fourth time. My longest short sale was almost three years but we closed. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to close a short sale; it matters whether one is made from the material to see it through to fruition.

Make a commitment to your Sacramento short sale.

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