Foreclosure Defense Florida

Thinking of Purchasing a Short Sale? JUST WALK AWAY!

Thinking Of Purchasing A Short Sale? Read This

During the first half of 2009 realtors and consumers were bombarded with advice that purchasing a property in a short sale transaction from the lenders was a quick way to acquire property at a dramatic discount.   Realtors in particular were treated to one seminar or help book after another which promised to teach them all the secrets they need to know in order to make big money in these transactions.

The volume of these pitches and solicitations has certainly died down over the last several months as nearly everyone involved in the industry has come to realize that short sales are incredibly time consuming and frustrating and more often than not, they don’t get closed.   The reason these deals don’t get closed are because the lenders holding mortgages on properties are unable or unwilling to accept short sale offers that result in losses and it takes too much time to coordinate the payoffs and releases from the lenders, brokers and homeowner.   As the weeks go by with no firm answers, buyers lose patience and walk away from the transaction.

A far more efficient way to purchase properties that were subject to foreclosure is to wait until the foreclosure has been completed then contract directly with the lender who obtained the property at the foreclosure sale.   Records obtained from the Pinellas County Clerk of Court indicate that there were 417 foreclosure sales scheduled in Pinellas County during the period June 1 to July 1, 2009.   Some of these sales might have been canceled for one reason or another, but for most sales that did occur, the banks obtained title to the property at the conclusion of the sale.

When banks are taking back hundreds of properties a month, its far easier to negotiate sales on the bank owned properties than to deal with all the hassles and frustrations of short sale transactions.


  • Kim Thomas says:

    I would be very interested in those foreclosures that took place were in the hands of the true owner of the note and investor but was probably closed with a fraudulant title from fraudulant assignments which took place after the fact and not recorded properly especially if MERS was involved as nominee and the people that purchased these have a toxic title and do not even know it.These title companies issue these policies and when there is a claim they find a way not to pay.

    • The implosion of the title industry is the next shoe to drop and is a big part of the reason why myself and so many other lawyers are fighting hard. Instability of title to property is going to cause another financial crisis and it’s coming.

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