It’s no secret that many owners today find themselves in situations of having to sell their home as a “short sale”. It’s not an easy time for these owner. They are having difficulty making the payments, other life situations are probably adding to the stress (i.e. loss of a job, divorce, etc.), and the property has become more of a burden than a “pride and joy” in their lives. But these owners actually have a significant competitive advantage over regular property listings . . . buyer attention. Why? Buyers look for “deals”. Short sales have a buyer expectation of “deal” associated with them in much the same way as ‘foreclosures’. Obviously, unlike foreclosures . . . the seller still owns the house and must get the most for the property to be able to minimize the difference owed and negotiate with the bank how to handle that differnce after close (i.e. ‘forgive’, repayment plan, etc.).
I recently received a phone call from a seller whose home has been on the market for four months. The home is vacant, the sellers have moved out of the country, and the homeowner wanted information on vacant staging (providing rental furniture and accessories). With the homeowner’s permission, I contacted the listing agent for some […]