Looking to make a deal on a short sale?

When a homeowner owes more on their house than its value, they can sometimes get the lender to agree to a short sale, whereby the lender consents to release the mortgage for a sum less than what's due. For more information, simply contact me through my site or e-mail me. I'm happy to address any questions you have about real estate short sales.

Purchasing a short sale in Waterville, Maine on your own is risky. Contact Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate for expert advice.

Are they good deals?

Occasionally. Many people hear the words "short sale" and instinctively think of a seller that is in financial trouble and must sell their house fast to avoid further financial problems. This is at times the case and can be an opportunity for a buyer to do well from another's misfortune. In contrast, a lender may consider a short sale even if the seller isn't delinquent with their payments, but property values have fallen. In these instances the discounted price may in fact be in line with actual market values rather than below.

How do I buy a short sale?

  • Always do your homework before making any offers. Using a knowledgeable real estate professional from Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate to help you research a property will help you make informed decisions. We can help find out to whom the property is titled, how much is owed to the lender, and whether or not a foreclosure notice has been filed. Getting these facts can help you determine how much to offer.
  • Use a real estate professional with short sale expertise. Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate can help expedite the transaction and ensure that you're protected. Don't permit inexperience to hold up the closing process. Let my experience and knowledge work for you.

  • Even with an experienced real estate agent and under the best of situations, buying a short sale property will generally take longer than a typical real estate transaction. Know that most short sales will not close in 30 days or less. Remember that you're not only getting approval from the seller, but the lender must also agree to the discounted price. It's not uncommon that your offer will be presented 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 usually non-negotiable when dealing with a short sale. The lender will be selling the property "as is" which means the lender won't be paying for repairs. Be sure to reserve the right to perform inspections for pests, HVAC, electrical, and other critical areas. At Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, 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 inspection results.
When you're ready to buy, whether it's a short sale or a typical home sale, Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate is available for you. Use my experience and knowledge of real estate to feel confident you are getting a fair deal and will be protected during the complete process.