Buying short sales is definitely an extremely profitable way to purchase a single property or spend money on multiple properties. A brief sale is a property transaction where the seller has stopped making payments on the mortgage and contains little, or no equity left in the property. The bank trying desperately never to need to foreclose (costing them thousands in legal fee's and time) allows many times for the seller to sell the property for less then your amount owed and then forgive the difference.
In the bank's mind either way they have a major problem if the borrower cannot make the payments: either they spend legal fees, time, and take the chance that the property will undoubtedly be in sub-par condition because of the fact that most times folks are foreclosed upon the homes aren't properly maintained. Then they need to get the property back shape hire and pay a real estate agent to sell the property for the most they can enter a REO situation. OR the lender can allow the existing seller to sell for around the market will allow and just pay all costs associated with the sale (that they would need to pay anyway) and get a check for what the house netted following the sale, a much faster and several times a lot more profitable situation for the lender and better situation for the seller looking at the chance to be foreclosed upon.
To find short sales your very best bet would be to hire the services of a real estate agent that specializes in them or at least has a excellent grasp of how they work. An agent that is very experienced in them will be the optimum resource to locate, negotiate, and help you in the purchase of the house. Banks by their nature have become difficult to cope with and take an extremely very long time to make decisions about what price they will let their homes sell for. The loss mitigation department of the bank that's servicing the loan would be the department handling each of the banks deals in relation to short sales, and that department of the lender is in charge of getting the best terms for the bank and getting as much from the assets they are responsible for. Many times the loss mitigators can make bonuses for maximizing the amount they get for the properties they are currently taking offers on. A sharp agent will be your best asset in defending why, and what terms you as a buyer encourage from the lender handling the sale.
The short sale process is quite detailed and every bank does things differently which means this should be considered a guide but for probably the most part it is the basic routine that occurs when investing in a short sale. First an offer is submitted to owner (which is still in charge of the property) and they have to sign off on the offer first. As a buyer you will require a iron tight loan approval or often the bank will not even consider the offer for fear that you as a buyer are not even qualified. Once you submit the offer, seller signs off onto it your offer with loan approval will be submitted to the bank. It will take typically 3-6 weeks for the bank to react to the offer. What they do throughout that time is order an appraisal of the property to establish what the fair market value of the house is in it's present state, and marketplace. They then put your offer in line a loss mitigators desk these mitigators handle each of the offers and review them for the lender and since they handle sales for all on the country they are typically very backed up and take a very long time to respond. After they do respond they will most likely counter the offer submitted since they want to get the customer to offer the most money for the bank as possible. Here's in which a experienced and competent real estate agent will help you to deal with the lender and negotiate terms on your side not the bank's.
When all of the terms have been agreed to and the offer now becomes a contract escrow timelines start. (escrow is opened at the time of the initial offer that is accepted by seller but hasn't yet been submitted to bank.) Most buyer's will request a home and termite inspection and they are conducted just as a regular deal is, the hang-up often is that any issues (and you will see issues) that are found with the home will never be able to be fixed in most circumstances since the seller has no money to accomplish repairs. quần short who buy short sales should place offers low enough that when small issues are located during inspections they are OK with proceeding to close, if large major issues can be found in the home it is most likely best to get back to the bank and ask for repairs or simply cancel your contract and find another property. After inspections are complete the short sale follows the same closing activities as a normal sale does.