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Is your Seller being forced to use Auction.com / REDC ?

Started by Thom Colby CA Brkr 888-391-5245 Mar 18, 2013. 0 Replies

I'm a 3rd party negotiator on a Nationstar / Deutsche Bank file.  We've been working on this one for almost a year.  We've had 2 offers - all cash - and at the asking price of Nationstar.  Both…Continue

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Comment by Thom Colby CA Brkr 888-391-5245 on March 24, 2014 at 4:11pm
Comment by Kevin - Greenville, SC on January 23, 2014 at 7:27am

Bryant, Did they kick the buyer out of HAFA?  They did on mine because the bid they accepted was lower than the required net for HAFA.

Comment by Bryant Tutas on January 23, 2014 at 3:50am

You can also request that the auction takes place at time of listing instead of waiting for a contract to start. I just did this on one of my listings. It was an approved HAFA deal with a price higher ($68,000) than I could sell the property for. I requested we use auction.com. Highest bid was $52,500 and it was accepted by the lender. Go figure. It worked great.

Comment by Thom Colby CA Brkr 888-391-5245 on January 22, 2014 at 1:02pm

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To date, NationStar has not changed anything stated in the MLS with regards to agent commissions, unless it does not meet the requirements of the loan investor. However, this could change based on servicer guidelines.

REALTORS® should also be aware that Nationstar’s market validation program requires both the listing agent and seller to sign documents which could impact their legal rights.  REALTORS® should advise their clients to seek legal counsel to interpret any clauses in such agreement that may raise concerns as to possible costs or risks to sellers for participating in the process.

C.A.R. will continue discussions with NationStar about its program and keep members informed as new information is made available.

Comment by Thom Colby CA Brkr 888-391-5245 on January 22, 2014 at 1:02pm

Posted by California Association of Realtors on CAR website:

Important information regarding NationStar and auction.com

Throughout the past year, C.A.R. has been in talks with NationStar about a program it has incorporated into its business model which requires most of its properties to be listed on auction.com before a short sale is finalized. C.A.R. and members of its Board of Directors have spoken with the California Bureau of Real Estate (BRE) about NationStar’s business model, and the BRE has informed C.A.R. that the program does not violate any laws.

C.A.R. has confirmed that Nationstar will continue to use auction.com as a value verification system on many of its short sales. Real estate agents who list short sale properties from NationStar will list the properties on the MLS just as they would with any other short sale.

Through this program, once the listing receives an accepted offer, NationStar informs the agent that the property will be posted on auction.com for three weeks, as a means to verify that the loan investor has received the best price.

During the auction, the original offer will remain valid as long as the buyer along with the buyer’s agent have registered with NationStar and auction.com. The listing agent for the property may be able to assist with the registration process.

During its numerous discussions with NationStar, C.A.R. has learned that auction.com tends to list the starting bid significantly lower than the amount offered by the original buyer to encourage bidders. Agents working with clients on these transactions should inform their clients of this practice.

Once the property is listed on auction.com, other bids also will be considered. If a bid comes in higher than the original offer, the original buyer will lose the property unless he or she places a higher bid on auction.com.  Although auction.com charges a 5 percent buyer fee to the highest bidder, the original buyer is exempt from this fee, if the buyer is registered as the initially accepted offer from the seller. 

A buyer using an FHA or VA loan normally will not be able to participate in an auction as FHA and VA generally prohibit a buyer from paying a buyer’s premium in the amount required by auction.com. However, if the FHA or VA buyer is the first accepted offer, and they register with NationStar and auction.com, the buyer fee is waived and therefore, the buyer should be able to participate in the auction process. A buyer should confirm this with his or her lender prior to making an offer on a property in this program.

According to Nationstar, if the seller is in default on the loan the foreclosure process may still begin or continue while the property is in Nationstar’s “market validation program.” However, the foreclosure date will be suspended until the property is sold in an approved sale or otherwise removed from the program.

C.A.R. is advising agents who choose to take listings which have Nationstar as a servicer to contact NationStar as soon as the listing is taken.  Contacting the servicer at an early stage is good practice in any short sale transaction, but is especially important in this situation. This will enable all parties to determine if the property will be listed on auction.com and whether buyers’ agents should be notified accordingly and whether appropriate language should be inserted in offers or counteroffers.

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Comment by Jeff Payne on October 21, 2013 at 3:15pm

Thom, those will be awesome expired listings!!!

Comment by Thom Colby CA Brkr 888-391-5245 on October 21, 2013 at 1:57pm
Comment by Kathy Yannes on August 26, 2013 at 11:27am

Thanks, I am heading that way.

Comment by Thom Colby CA Brkr 888-391-5245 on August 26, 2013 at 11:23am

I don't take any listings and no longer represent buyers on any deal with Auction.com / REDC "in the mix".  My understanding is - in order to get your commission you need to follow Auction.com's rules including using their signs, and doing open houses when they say you must do them.  It's your license and your Broker's license but Auction.com / REDC makes the rules.  I cherish my license too much to be involved with these shenanigans.

There is no benefit to the Buyer - they pay an additional 5% on top of an already inflated price......

Comment by Kathy Yannes on August 26, 2013 at 11:19am

So I am getting a little bit of mixed info when researching the auction issue. I know , apparently the buyer must pay 5% to the auction company. Does this in fact cut us out, or is the buyer paying and the seller paying as well i.e. Does the bank pay us 3% for our side? Is the deal taken over by auction...or the bank...or would we still work it?

 

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