Another Successful Bank of America Short Sale

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Avoid Florida Foreclosure www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

Hardship: Financial and medical. The Seller is in his 80s and had never made a late payment on anything his entire life until he missed 3 payments on this property. He had lived here for almost 20 years. The property was refinanced to help pay the medical expenses of his terminally ill wife who recently passed away. 

1st Lien with Bank of America for $179,000

No other liens

Property was listed on 12/05/2009 at $95,000. It was slowly reduced and on 1/18/2010 went pending for $75,000 all cash.

The challenge: I wanted to avoid going through the Equator system due to the sellers age and the fact that he was confined to an assisted living facility. I felt that the Equator system would be confusing to him since he did not have access to email or a computer.

After a couple of days of begging negotiating I was able to get the file directly into the hands of a supervisor. The complete file was submitted on 1/22/2010 and we had written approval on 3/11/2010. That was 48 days after submission. Closing was today 4/22/2010. Or 138 days from listing to closing.

Bank of America accepted $68,700 or 38% of what was owed.

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

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Are you just “hanging in there”? I can help.

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Hi folks. Recently, I’ve read quite a few posts on ActiveRain from folks trying to decide whether or not to stay in the business. The posts don’t surprise me as I have been reading those types of posts on AR since I joined back in 2006. What surprises me are the comments from people who mention they are “hanging on waiting for things to get back to normal“. You know I hate to be the bearer of bad news but things will NEVER be “back to normal”.

Staying in the business may be the right decision. But if you are staying in to “hang on until the market changes” then you may be just hanging on for a very long time. People are going to be upside down on their mortgages for many, many years. Short Sales and REOs ARE the real estate market and will be for a long time. This current market IS normal.

So my advice is to NOT hang in there but to adapt. Learn new skills and learn how to make money in this current market. This is now the “normal” market. If you can do that then you will not “hang in there” you will not only survive but you will thrive and you will help a lot of people along the way.

So….the first thing you need to do is some market research. Log onto your MLS and start looking at data. You may actually be surprised at how many properties are closing in your area. Then once you find out how many properties are closing, and in what price range, find out who’s selling them and who’s buying them. Then all you have to do is figure how to get these Buyers and Sellers to use your services. It’s simple. It’s just not easy. It requires actual work. But it sure beats “hanging in there”!!! What say you?

***If you need some help just click on that little link down there and join the TTRealtyNetwork. It’s a work in progress but there is already a lot of free info over there that will help you in your business.

Do you need a new Broker?

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Short Sales got you long in the face?

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FIND A SHORT SALE AGENT BY CLICKING ON THE MAP

Come join us at www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com

Hi Folks. Whether you’re an agent, buyer, seller or investor you really need to come check us out over at www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com.  Our members are the best Short Sale Professionals in the business and are sharing what they know for FREE!! You do NOT have to go it alone. Pop on over and tell us what we can do to assist you.

Here’s what a couple of our Short Sale Buyer members had to say this week:

  • Thank you Bryant, it’s good to know this is going to (hopefully) be an easy transaction. By the way, great site. Very informative and it’s helped me understand what a Short Sale is, as a Buyer it’s nice to know some of the “terminology” and wording in the short sale process. God Bless. DC 
  • First I have to say, I absolutely love this website! It is a great site to come to get immediate responses from people who clearly have done their research and are professionals. I am an anxious Buyer. Vicki

We also have many other great conversations taking place. Our Short Sale Professionals are discussing…..

Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative H.A.F.A

  • We submitted a “traditional” short sale package about a month ago.  My clients asked me on Wednesday (April 7th) about HAFA – would they qualify and be guaranteed no deficiency?  Well, I called up WF and asked them. READ THE FULL POST HERE  

Equator.com

  • I am currently attempting to buy a listed short sale home.  The contract was initiated on 1/28/10 which I offered the listed price; however, I requested 3% to closing costs.  The listing agent informed my realtor….READ THE FULL POST HERE

Bank of America

  • Has anyone been successful in getting BOFA to rescind/reverse a foreclosure while it was in short sale review? FIND THE ANSWER HERE

Got a deal we can help you with?

  • I am negotiating a short sale with GREEN TREE (second loan) The negotiation is turning into a nightmare. First Green Tree ( second lender) asked for 5% of the amount the first lender in going to net to review the file now after file has been review the investor came back asking for $25,000. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT OUR SHORT SALE PROFESSIONALS CAME UP WITH

Maybe you’re new to Short Sales and need affordable Short Sale Agent Training?

Folks, 2010 is going to be the year of the Short Sale. It’s up to us to help as many folks as we can to avoid foreclosure. Please take advantage of all of the tools that we are making available to you at www.ShortSaleSuperStars.com. We now have almost 2,000 members and our site is THE place for all things Short Sales. Come join us. OK?

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

***I am NOT an Attorney nor do I play one on TV. Click the button below for my Bio.

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Bank of America Short Sale Frustrations are Internal as Well.

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http://centralfloridashortsales.comHi Folks. Here’s a comment that I received from an employee of Bank of America. I think it sums up some of the frustration that we are all going through. I will keep the comment anonymous and it has been edited for grammar. Here goes:

I have sat here and read through all of these messages and I am at a loss for words. I currently work as a supervisor in the short sale department for Bank of America. And YES I hate my job. I hate having to get on the phone with these homeowners and agents and explain to them that I do not have the authority to submit a same day postponement for a foreclosure. Nor do I have any more contact with their negotiator than they do.

My first week on this job had me in tears. I was on the phone with an Attorney who was trying to stop a foreclosure sale and in the background I was listening to the homeowner and her children crying. It is hard and some days I leave out of work in the worst mood. EVERY DAY I attempt to make some sort of contact with corporate to get some answers from someone. But just like the rest of you, my questions and calls go unanswered.” END

I posted this to remind all of us that most of the folks we speak with at the lenders/servicers are just doing their jobs. They are overwhelmed with files and calls and there is only so much they can do.

As hard as it is sometimes, we must try to remember that these folks also have families and could very well be experiencing financial hardships just as the homeowners we are working for are. Show them some respect. Be kind. Maybe…… just maybe you’ll get a better response. OK?

Image ***Sometimes we all just need a hug!

 

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

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Breaking News!!! Approximately 93% of Homeowners are just fine!!

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That’s right. By far, the overwhelming majority of Homeowners in this country are NOT losing their homes. They either own their properties free and clear or are making their payments on time.

It’s hard for us to see this because we are in the business. If you are like me you live and breathe Real Estate. We talk to people all day long who are struggling and it’s very easy for us to forget that most Homeowners are living in and enjoying their homes.

I’ve mentioned many times over the last couple of years how more than 85% of the real estate closings in Poinciana Florida are distressed sales. But what I don’t mention is that there were only 1,654 sales for 2009 out of 20,700 properties. About 8%. So 92% of the folks in Poinciana stayed put. That’s right in line with the National average.

From what I could find online there are approximately ****129,400,000 homes in the US. Depending on where you look only 7-10 mil of these are in some stage of default. That’s roughly 7%.

Approximately 93% of the Homeowners in this country are doing OK. That makes me feel good. How about you?

****I spent about an hour this morning pulling stats and data and there really are no numbers that agree. So for the purpose of this post I just used averages. If you want more precise figures then feel free to do your own research.

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

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Approved FHA Short Sale in Davenport Florida. $63,000

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Three bedroom 2 bath home located in Davenport Florida. Royal Ridge is a gated community about 15 minutes to Disney. Less than 1 mile to I-4. 30 minutes to Orlando and about 45 minutes to Tampa. This two story house has 1276 sq ft of living area and a hard to find downstairs master suite. Fenced rear yard. Gas range and gas hot water. FHA approved Short Sale at only $63,000. Contact us today to arrange your private showing.

Only $63,000

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

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Real Estate is a Business. Treat it like one.

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Broker Bryant www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com Earlier today I read a post byJoshua Pettus titled “I Quit!”, “I Need a Real Job!”, “I’m Broke!”, and Other Things I’ve Said Recently  A very well written post pretty much pouring his heart out. Give it a read.

Anyway, after reading his post I dug back through my archives and dug out this article I wrote in August 2007.  My advise was good back then and I stand by it today. Maybe it’ll help somebody.

First, it’s important to remember that Real Estate is a business NOT a job. When you are a business owner your job is to find a way to make things happen. Chasing money is what we do. If you don’t have any then your job is to find some. Hopefully it will come from closings. If not? Well here are some ways to generate cash flow.

  • Find a partner. This can be another REALTOR® that wants to team up so you can pool your resources. Or maybe a family member who is willing to back you for a small return on their investment. You can’t operate a business without capital. Go find some.
  • Use an equity line or credit cards. Have faith that you are good at what you do and will be able to pay these loans back once you get rolling.
  • * Do some property management.
  • * Do BPOs.
  • *Get a part time job or jobs that leave your days open to practice real estate. I used to wait tables AND drive a taxi. At the same time.

Do whatever you need to do to get capital for your business. With out it. You will fail.

Secondly, get to work. If you are sitting at home or in the office moaning about how bad business is, you will fail. Get off your butt and get to work. Here are some things you can do that don’t cost anything but time.

  • Attend every function you can at your Board of REALTORS® to network and gain knowledge.
  • Join an investment club. What better place to meet investors.
  • Utilize ActiveRain and Localism to their full potential.
  • Solicit for listings. Folks, I have on numerous occasions, given you my expired letter and suggested you use it, everyday, for every expired and withdrawn listing. How many of you have? Or is it still on your list of things to do? While you’re procrastinating, I took several listings last week, that were all from my letter. And turned down several others. And I’ll do the same thing this week, the next week and on and on and on.
  • Hop in your car and go visit some yard sales this weekend. People have yard sales because they are getting ready to place their home on the market. Say “hi” and give them a card. And if you see any FSBOs working in the yard while you are out, stop and strike up a conversation.
  • Visit a few Human Resources departments in your area. See if they will let you hold a Buyer’s seminar. Do the same at the library and the community center.
  • Go view the listings in your market area. Leave your card.

Folks, my point is GET BUSY!! Activity creates opportunity. Get into your community and start striking up conversations, passing out cards, passing out flyers and anything else you can think of. Go stand in front of the grocery store and say “hi” to everyone that walks by. Go to the self service gas station and pump gas for others with a big smile on your face and a card in your hand. I’ve personally done ALL of these things.

So there you have it. A few simple and free things you can do to generate business and cash flow. They aren’t difficult. It’s just requires attitude and motivation. Success is a decision. Failure is a lack of forward movement. It’s your choice. So what’s your decision? Are you going to turn your “to do” list into a “job completed” list?

Do you need a new Broker?

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Could Equator Propel Bank of America From Worse to First?

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Maybe. In the last two weeks I have loaded five short sales into the Equator system. All have had BPOs (Broker Price Opinions) ordered and one has already been countered and accepted by the seller. We should have a written approval by the end of the week.

Now for those of you that have worked a Bank of America Short Sale in the past you know that having a BPO ordered in less than two weeks rarely happened. So having five BPOs ordered in less than two weeks is a miracle!!!

The beautiful thing is that I have not made one phone call. The entire Equator process is automated. For me that is a huge advantage as it frees me up to actually list and sell real estate.

While I know it’s too soon to sing praises, my experience with Equator, thus far, has been very positive. What’s yours been like?

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

***I am NOT an Attorney nor do I play one on TV. Click the button below for my Bio.

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Increase Your Business And Income By Working Less.

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Broker Bryant www.CentralFloridaShortSales.comChristine Schneider wrote an article titled “When All is Said and Done”If you haven’t already take a few minutes and pop over and read it. It’s basically about time management and how we can become overwhelmed if we don’t take some down time for ourselves.

I couldn’t agree more with what Christine is saying. I have always been excellent at managing my time and setting boundaries. Here are my thoughts on the topic and an outline of what works for me.

First I want to give you some facts:

  • In our business we will NEVER be caught up.
  • There are NO real estate emergencies.
  • Setting boundaries and working less will increase your business and your income.

Once you get your head around these things you can then set a schedule that works for you and your life. For me:

  • The first 2 hours of everyday belongs to me. I use this time for meditating and taking care of my mind and body.

  • I rarely make appointments after 2pm

  • I only work on Saturdays if I have an appointment. And I’m very selective who I give this time to.

  • I never work on Sunday.

  • I cut my phone OFF at 8pm every day.

As long as potential customer/clients know these things before they decide to hire me we never have any issues. If they can’t or won’t work within MY boundaries then I refer them out because I know our relationship will not work out. They will cost me time…..

…..time that would be better spent on folks that appreciate my boundaries. A better fit means a better working relationship. Which of course translates into getting the job done in less time. It’s simple.

The key of course is to find out what works for you and your business. So spend some time over the next few days and figure out what your boundaries need to be. I promise you it will take your career to the next level. What say you?

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

***I am NOT an Attorney nor do I play one on TV. Click the button below for my Bio.

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Owner Financing Available on this Winter Haven Florida Pool Home

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Bargain buy close to Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven Florida. Prestigious neighborhood of Lake Florence Pointe. The best priced home in the area. Over 2,800 sq ft of living space with many extras including tile and wood laminate flooring through out, recessed lighting, wet bar, fireplace, french doors, spa and in ground swimming pool. The owner will finance with 20% down at 8.25%. Easy qualifying. Give us a call today to arrange your private showing.

Only $239,000!!

Do NOT be foreclosed on! Avoid foreclosure. Short Sales DO close.

Want to find out more? www.CentralFloridaShortSales.com

***I am NOT an Attorney nor do I play one on TV. Click the button below for my Bio.

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I am a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Florida. My opinions on real estate have been formed from my experiences and 15 years of working in the business. My opinions are in line with Florida Real Estate laws and the REALTOR(R) Code of Ethics. Your State’s laws may differ. So do your own homework before implementing any of my business practices into your business.