Negotiating a Short Sale

Short sale homeThe main thing to know when negotiating a short sale is that it’s always going to be priced somewhat below market if for no other reason than the fact the seller is looking for a quick sale.

I recently had a home listed for $180,000 when all comparable homes in the neighborhood were priced at $210-$220,000. Now granted, this house needed new flooring throughout, but that plus some fresh paint wouldn’t even come close to approaching the $30-$40,000 margin house painterbuilt into my price. So for all intents, the house was priced very well.

But then along comes the buyer who, as part of his strategy for negotiating a short sale, tells me that in addition to flooring, he would want to rip out the entire kitchen and remodel as well as replace vanities in both baths… plus a more upscale front door, double pane’d windows, double crown molding throughout, and all new landscaping.

Now here’s what the buyer doesn’t seem to understand. I will be negotiating this short sale on behalf of my seller, with a third party negotiator who represents the lender – who, by the time this sale is done, will be taking a $50-$60,000 loss on this loan! The lender’s negotiator is trying to mitigate the lender’s losses, not give away houses. So part of my job in representing my seller is to justify why the list price of $180 is a reasonable and fair sale price.

But you can be sure that nowhere in my discussion with the bank’s negotiator, does he want to hear that the buyer wants to only pay $160,000 so he can completely remodel the house. Do you really think the lender will give a flip about the buyer’s upscale tastes? …and contractordouble crown molding?

So in closing, here is the point I am trying to make. Negotiating a short sale is based on the current condition of a house less 10%-15% to encourage a quick sale. The buyer is just kidding himself if he thinks a laundry list of upgrades will get the lender to lower the price. In short, the lender doesn’t care. He has no interest in helping to finance someone’s remodel project.

For help negotiating a short sale, whether you are a buyer or a seller, call me. I have the experience with this type of sale to help you through the process.


About Joyce Albert

Why you need a Real Estate Consultant, not just another Agent… The difference between a real estate agent and a real estate consultant is the difference between someone who just wants to make a sale, and a professional who is willing to share with you their in-depth knowledge of the market in order to help you navigate one of the largest financial decisions of your lifetime. In my career as a real estate consultant, putting my clients first has been the hallmark of my success. I will always make myself accessible, be a good listener, and respond quickly to your needs. So if you are looking for a true professional to help you buy or sell a home in the Slidell, Mandeville, or Covington areas, please contact me. I look forward to working with you. Certified 203k Specialist I am a certified FHA-203k Specialist affiliated with the Re-buld USA program.- a program designed to assist buyers wanting to purchase distressed properties (hurricane damaged, repos, short sales) that require rehab. Accredidations -  Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)  e-Certified  Short-Sale & Foreclosure Certified (SFR) Other Memberhips. . .  Louisiana Association of Realtors  New Orleans Metropolitan Assn of Realtors (NOMAR)  Gulf South Real Estate Information Network  National Assn of Realtors (NAR) of Realtors (NAR)  Real Estate Board of Accredited Buyer Consultants (REBAC)
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1 Response to Negotiating a Short Sale

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