Don’t ask a third-party vendor for Bank of America whether a Cooperative Short Sale is better than a HAFA short sale. Because I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts the vendor will pick the HAFA. Doesn’t matter whether it’s DTS, REDC, AMS, and so forth, all the acronym companies, they’re all the same. Call me silly, but that’s what I see happening, even though the HAFA is not necessarily the better option. It’s possible that Bank of America would push / promote HAFAs as well because there might be more money to the bank through a HAFA.
Is there such a thing as the perfect Sacramento short sale buyer? At the risk of sounding like I was raised where I was: you betcha! A seller asked yesterday — how do I know which offer to pick? She asked if she should read every offer she receives or if she should leave it up to me, her Sacramento short sale agent. First, let me say that decision always lies directly with the seller — never with the agent — but I do offer suggestions, and I do guide my sellers to help them to make the right decision. And yes, making the right decision involves reading every offer.
How will the California Homeowner Bill of Rights affect short sale sellers in Sacramento? Despite all of the hoopla over it, not much. Probably the most important aspect of the Bill of Rights as it relates to short sales is the stopping of dual tracking — but that only goes into place after short sale approval, not prior to short sale approval, which is when a homeowner needs it.
Dual tracking happens when a foreclosure has been initiated. This means a Notice of Default has been filed in the public records despite a homeowner’s good faith effort to find a solution. Here’s the way it works before and after the California Homeowner Bill of Rights:
Some people in California think it’s a good idea to get a real estate license just in case they ever want to buy a home in Sacramento. Because if you have a real estate license, then you can collect a commission, which is reflected as a percentage amount of the sales price. All commissions are negotiable and generally paid by the listing broker to the selling broker, so while you might think this could amount to a lot of money, it’s generally not by the time it reaches the buyer’s agent pocket. Not in the overall scheme of things.
The seller’s mortgage lender is what will make or break the Sacramento short sale. Oh, sellers think it’s the value of their home or the dire circumstances detailed in the hardship letter, but none of that is as important as the short sale bank. Second to the Sacramento short sale bank is the investor. You can have a great short sale bank, for example, like Bank of America, but the investor can totally suck, like Fannie Mae.
When I talk to potential short sale sellers in the Sacramento area, the first question I ask is who is the lender. Generally, people don’t know if they have a Fannie Mae or a Freddie Mac loan. While they are busy vehemently denying their loan is held by Fannie Mae, I am busy running the address on my computer through Fannie Mae’s loan lookup site. By the time the seller finishes telling me how she is absolutely positive her loan is not held by Fannie Mae, I can find proof that Fannie Mae holds her loan.