Wells Fargo HAFA Short Sale Approved in 2 Weeks

Wells Fargo HAFA Short SaleThe earth stood still for just a second last week after Wells Fargo approved a HAFA short sale for sellers in Elk Grove. We were expecting approval at earliest by the end of March but we instead received short sale approval on March 1. The usual 6 weeks that Wells Fargo typically takes to approve a HAFA had been shrunk to about 14 days. Completely incredible. I knew Wells Fargo could eventually shorten its timeframe for a HAFA short sale, and it has exceeded my expectations.

I listed this particular Elk Grove short sale in early February. We held off showings for at least a week to build momentum and pushed for multiple offers. From the half dozen offers, we chose the cleanest offer from the most qualified buyer and submitted it to Wells Fargo. Under Wells Fargo new guidelines, it has reduced tasks in Equator and now asks for limited documentation. We uploaded additional docs a week later and, 7 days from receipt, we were notified of approval for this Wells Fargo HAFA short sale.

The only little glitch is the bank set closing for 29 days from approval. This might not be enough time to get the buyer’s loan processed. Moreover, it’s difficult to find a rental that allows occupancy at the end of the month. Because Wells Fargo, like most short sale lenders, requires an arm’s length affidavit, the seller can’t rent back. But unlike some short sale lenders, oh, like Citi, for example, Wells Fargo doesn’t put up a big fight to issue an extension. Sometimes, getting a short sale extension from certain short sale lenders can be cause for handing over your first-born child. But not in a Wells Fargo short sale.

So, don’t believe all the crap you hear about short sales. I hear buyers say they wouldn’t touch a short sale if it was the only home for sale in Sacramento, and that’s not a fair attitude. If you choose a short sale listed by an agent who closes a lot of short sales and you get the right lender to work with, a short sale doesn’t have to be complicated or lengthy.

Wells Fargo gets 2 thumbs up from this Sacramento short sale agent. I’ll throw in a couple of toes, too.

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