Ready to buy a short sale?

If a homeowner is upside down on their mortgage payments, it's becoming increasingly common for the lender to agree to a short sale, whereby the lender agrees to release the mortgage for a sum less than what's owed. For more information, simply contact me through my site or e-mail me. I'm glad to address questions you have regarding real estate short sales.

Purchasing a short sale in Woodbury, Minnesota on your own is risky. Contact Dan McNellis for expert advice.

Are they good deals?

From time to time, yes. Often times people hear the words "short sale" and automatically think of a seller that is in financial trouble and needs to sell their property quickly to avert further financial problems. This is at times the case and can be an opportunity for a buyer to do well from another's misfortune. On the other hand, a lender may consider a short sale even if the seller is current with their mortgage, but property values have depreciated. In these instances the reduced price may in fact be in line with actual market values, not below.

How do I buy a short sale?

  • Always do your homework before making any offers. Using a knowledgeable real estate professional from Dan McNellis to help you research a property can help you make knowledgeable decisions. We can help reveal to whom the property is titled, the balance still owed to the lender, and whether or not a foreclosure notice has been filed. Obtaining this info can help you determine how much to offer.
  • Hire an agent with short sale expertise. Dan McNellis can aid you in expediting the transaction and ensure that you're protected. Don't permit inexperience to hinder the closing process. Put my knowledge and experience to work for you.

  • Even in the best of situations and with an experienced real estate agent, buying a short sale property will probably take longer than a typical real estate transaction. Be informed that many short sales will not close in the customary 30 days or less. Remember that you're not only having to get approval from the seller, but the lender must also agree to the sale terms. A lot of the time your offer will be sent to a committee to approve or disapprove, which will add time - sometimes even 2 to 3 months.
  • Home protection warranties, buyer credits and allowances, and closing cost concessions are typically not up for negotiation when buying a short sale. The lender will sell the property "as is" which means the lender won't be paying for repairs. Make sure you reserve the right to perform inspections for pests, HVAC, electrical, and other critical areas. At Dan McNellis, when I write an offer, I am looking out for your interests first and foremost and will always recommend that you make your offer contingent upon the results of the inspections.
When it's time to buy, whether it is a short sale or a typical home sale, Dan McNellis can help. Use my experience and knowledge of real estate to feel confident you are getting a fair deal and remain protected during the entire deal.

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