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10/20/11 received BPA Approval letter w/ COE 12/1/11. BOA removed 10/31/11 trustee sale date.10/21/11 buyer's had cancelled. 10/29/11 new contract, cash buyer, at above LP. how will BOA/Equator handle this situation? How can i MAINTAIN timelines by remove old offer and submit new, better offer? Should i call Closing negotiator today?Thx - Bob

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Another Short Sale CLOSED; Indio, California

12433924477?profile=originalANOTHER SHORT SALE CLOSED; Indio, California   This one took some fancy footwork, but got it listed and closed in less than 90 days..whew!

Sellers came to me two weeks before Sale Date end of August.  There was a tenant in the house, and they would not allow entry to "contingent upon Inspections" was in order.  Done.

Lender was Chase..not one of my favorites, but only one loan so hoped for the best.  Got it!  This BPO came in on target and the Negotiator was very sane.  Sweet! 

Buyers financed with a VA loan..not always the beset for Short Sales as they are 100% financing and tons of conditions, but this time it worked. 

Sellers are relieved and the Buyer is thrilled.  The sweet smell of happiness in the Short Sale world..


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Keith Canty

Short Sales and Security Clearance

I am running into more people with security clearances that need short sales. The question always arises about the impact of a short sale,…

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67 seconds ago
Reply by Bryant Tutas
Sue Irwin

Can seller use Chase $20k payment incentive to cover a personal lien concurrently at closing?

Hi Superstars! Chase offered my seller $20,000 to do a short sale, and I haven't done one in this program yet. The seller owes state income…

Started by Sue Irwin

32 minutes ago
Reply by Bryant Tutas
Mike Mondy

Lenders and that whole "Arm's Length" thing ...

I feel like I've learned a lot since joining this site and am amazed by how much good knowledge is available for free. Now I have a questi…

Started by Mike Mondy

124 minutes ago
Reply by Bryant Tutas
Darlene Pieracci

BOA Known for letting houses go to auction without reply about counter offer?

In contract with BAC on SS started Sept 1st. Originally they pushed back the trustee sale until OctoberTed 27.t they countered on October 1…

Started by Darlene Pieracci

96 minutes ago
Reply by Bryant Tutas

Confused buyer dealing with BOFA, please help!

So I put in an offer August 27th, accepted by the seller on September 2nd. Last week bank of America sent my realtor an email countering a…

Started by Porsh

1317 hours ago
Reply by Lila Lopez
Garland Solomon

Reasons to do a Short Sale VS. a Foreclosure

Regardless of whether you are in foreclosure, if selling your home will not net enough to pay off your existing mortgages, you may want to…

Started by Garland Solomon

220 hours ago
Reply by Jeff Payne
Tiffany Cloud

How do I get a HUD lien for $7500 (2008 loan/grant) off the title on my FHA short sale.

I had clients that purchased a home with me in September of 2008. That was when the Government had a $7500 interest free loan with a 15 ye…

Started by Tiffany Cloud

1321 hours ago
Reply by Stephen Trad
Rebecca Williams

PNC Average Acceptance Amount when in 2nd Position

I have been tracking PNC's behavior when in 2nd position on short sales and based on the postings and my experience they are awful to work…

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Beverly Cibulsky

HAFA Approval , now Seller needs to move?

Good one today! Seller got "kinda" Hafa approval." BUT, long story, now we are waiting for Alt Rass because net did not come in, (another l…

Started by Beverly Cibulsky



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Deficiency Judgements

I am a broker in California and Florida.  It upsets me that nothing has been done by the President or any other entities to put a  ban on Deficiency Judgements that banks can get from their clients.  In Florida and many other states that use Foreclosure Procedures a bank is able to file a Deficiency Judgement against the seller for monies owed but not received.  Not all banks are using them but its important to put in the Short Sale Contract verbage that the bank can not seek a Deficiency Judgement after closing. In California a bank cannot file a deficiency judgement on the first or second mortgage. 

If your seller can't afford the payments, you can be sure they will not be able to afford another judgement against them.  They have been tramatized enough already! 

Apparantly my verbage was off a little while ago and I have corrected it. I would just like to see a fair and easy system put in place to help people who are in trouble that is equal in all states.  This is my opinion and one I know my friends and family agree with who have gone through Foreclosure and Short Sales in Florida!

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HARP 2.0: What it is; What it isn’t

HARP-mortgage-refinance-Obama.jpg?width=294The Obama Administration announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) early this week!

The new HARP is by no means a game changer, here’s essentially what we’ve had to say about the revamped government mortgage refinancing program:

HARP 2.0, as the media has started to refer to it, has some merit, but it’s scope is very limited and it will have little or no impact on foreclosures or the estimated 6.4 million homeowners nationwide who are behind on their mortgage payments. The new HARP just expands the net of those who were eligible for help under the original version.

HARP was created in 2009 to help borrowers whose loans were backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the FHA, but did not have enough equity or negative equity to refinance. Under the original version of HARP, borrowers who were current on their payments and owed up to 125 percent of the current value of their homes could refinance their mortgage.

The original HARP fell short of expectations. Over the past two and a half years, only 838,000 homeowners have benefited from the program. The new HARP has broadened the base with looser eligibility requirements.

Borrowers with FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages that were sold to Fannie or Freddie before May 31, 2009,  will be able to refinance, no matter how far underwater they are. Banks will only have to verify that borrowers have made their last six payments, that they’ve haven’t missed more than one payment over the past year, and that they have a job or another source of regular income.

Other key changes:

§ Appraisals are no longer required if there is a reliable automated valuation model (AVM)–a significant hurdle in the previous plan.

§ Risk-based fees have been eliminated for borrowers who refinance to 15-year mortgages.

§ Existing mortgage insurance coverage can be transferred much easier than under the original HARP.

While the new HARP won’t help homeowners who are behind on their payments and at risk for foreclosure, it is a welcome relief for homeowners who have been caught in the Catch-22 of not being able to refinance because they owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth, and at the same time, don’t qualify for a short sale or a loan mod because they are current on their payments and still have  income and assets.

More money into the pockets of this segment will mean more dollars back into the economy, potentially heading off strategic defaults and keeping and stemming the tide of homes entering the foreclosure pipeline.

You will need to check whether your mortgage is guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac?  Go to:
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Tim Brown
Realtor ®, BROKER, ABR, CRS, CDPE ®, SFR, Auctioneer NCAL#8560
Hines & Associates Realty
Direct Line: 704-619-1008


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HAFA Short Sale First Bank Second

I have a short sale in which Chase has a $585,000 1st TD and First Bank has a $60,000 2nd TD.  Chase has approved it on the HAFA program.  Chase will only pay $3,600 or 6%, whichever is less to the 2nd TD.  They said that the rule changed with HAFA of 10% or $6,000 to 2nd TD's.  First Bank will not take less than 70%.  Is it true that if First Bank has participated in the HAFA program with other loans then they have to participate in all their loans if they are HAFA eligible? Any ideas?

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Short Sale - SunTrust Mortgage

My husband & I put in an offer on a short sale home.  Seller accepted our offer.  Seller's lender is SunTrust Mortgage.  I understand that it's all in the bank's hands now and it could take quite some time.  Does anyone know if there is anything we can do to speed up the process?

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Today's Desert Sun newspaper reports again that our resort valley is continuing to see home Sales numbers increase over last year.  We have amazing winter weather, tons of things to do, and the most gorgeous views.  Plus..only 2 hours from Big Bear to ski, about the same to the beaches, and about another 1/2 hours to Los Angeles!  What could be better???Palm Springs Valley home sales rise again!

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BofA Twitter Help Team Rocks!!

Hello All,

I've been having a BOA Short Sale since early August and have submitted everything through AMS.  Appraisal has been done, list price has been determined, but PMI company has not approved it yet.  I've left about 10 messages for my negotiator M. Phillips with no response whatsoever. My equator emails keep bouncing back, so my hands were pretty much tied.

That's when  I took my issue to Twitter, specifically to the BofA Twitter Help Team.  I tweeted my issue and the team responded immediately.  They asked me to DM them my contact info and were in touch with me by the next day. 

Of course I had all of my notes in hand when I received the phone call and the Twitter Team member, Karen Gillies, was more than happy to get things escalated to a BofA Manager, who will then escalate it to an AMS manager.  Ms. Gillies was pretty perturb with the negotiator, when I read my notes to her about the negotiator being unresponsive and how things were not updated in Equator.  That made me feel that she could definitely be my ally.

So I'm expecting an updated phone call from her this afternoon or by tomorrow morning.  I will keep you posted for sure.


If you are having problems getting through to AMS or BOA, please try the Twitter Team, #BofA_help, they seem to on their jobs.  I was just watching the Tweets that were coming in and this team were responding to all of them instantly.  Yeah for Social Networking and BOA having the insight to put this in place.


MeLisa Minter, SFR, Broker

Minter Real Estate Services


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This is so inherently unethical I can not believe I am actually writing a blog about this, but a buyer asked me this question today and apparently it is happening. 

I have a short sale listing in Menlo Park and offers are due by the end of the day on Tues.  At thus point I have 2. It is in Belle Haven,  a popular area for investors and is close to the the new Facebook Headquarters so the appreciation prospects are good.

Today I got a call from an investor who asked if I would represent him. I told him I do not double end deals as a general rule, and never do it in a multiple offer situation. I gave him the name of an associate who could help him.  He then asked if this person would be representing multiple buyers. I was shocked. If being a dual agent does not seem right to me, representing multiple buyers is beyond all sense of ethical behavior. The investor told me he has bought and sold many homes and this practice has been coming up recently.

All I can say is not on one of my listings, no way, no how.

If you have any questions about buying or selling short sales in San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty


D.R.E. 01191194


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Working with Acqura from Texas

Any agent who has experienced working with this lender on a short sale which began as a preforeclosure and now I am told it has reached the foreclosure department, please feel free to give me some guidance.  thanks

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Revestor's patent pending algorithm generates and searches homes for sale by the highest potential returns.

1.) Homebuyers can gain confidence in their purchase by knowing that the home will rent for the payment.

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3.) Revestor's integrated services program connects Real Estate Professionals to assist them in the transaction.

It is a game-changer and if you are sick and tired of working 12months and 1000's of hours to close one short sale it is time to work with serious buyers and serious investors!

Revestor launches 11-11-11 in San Diego and then nationwide shortly thereafter.

If you are a Real Estate Agent looking for more leads I would suggest reserving your username is a video walking through the site. and here is the fanpage:

Wishing you an amazing Q4 and 2012!



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Short Sale with Morgan Stanley-Value Problem

I have a short sale in California with Morgan Stanley holding the frist loan, there are no other loans.  I am one of 3 other condos in the complex for sale at this time. After 2 months of marketing we finally got an offer and settled at a price. An interior BPO was done and the agent doing the BPO hinted that the value came in at the sales price.  Morgan Stanely refused to accept the negotiated sale price which was about $35,000 below the list price.  Consequently the buyer walked from the offer and we are now back on the market at the list price Morgan Stanely has said they will take.  The problem is that we are very sure that we are not going to be able to get the price Morgan Staney has agreed to and the negotiator for Morgan Stanely has told me that they will not go down on price.  Has anyone had a similar experience with Morgan Stanely and, if so has anyone had success closing short sales with them?

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HAMP CHANGES ARE COMING...but will they help???  It's hard to say, but probably not much!  If you have a Fannie or Freddie backed loan, are current on your payments for the past 6 months, you might apply again.  The % your property may be underwater is being relaxed, the time line extended to if you're one of these borrowers, why not give it a shot?  Remember that the Short Sale may be your next option so buck up on the process!  Short Sales have gotten quicker to approve here in California, and if you've already applied for HAMP, and been turned down, you may very well qualify pretty quickly for a Short Sale.  The best thing is that your financials are already in! 

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Bank of America Short Sale in Los Angeles

Are you thinking of a Bank of America Short Sale in Los Angeles? Many homeowners in the Los Angeles area have their 1st mortgage, 2nd mortgage or both 1st & 2nd mortgages with Bank of America. You might not be able to pay your monthly mortgage payments anymore or are in danger of falling behind on your loan. If so, a Bank of America Short Sale may be an option. Many of my clients have also tried to get a loan modification with B of A and have been unable to. Bank of America may suggest the short sale of their home. Bank of America uses a special online platform known as Equator to process their short sales.

The number of Bank of America Short Sales in the Los Angeles area has increased. Some homeowners bought their homes when the values were high and are not able to refinance due to the decrease in home values. Others took advantage of the previous market and refinanced. If you live in your home or have lived in the house in the last 12 months, you may qualify for the Bank of America HAFA Short Sale. Otherwise, you can attempt the traditional short sale.

Feel free to contact me directly at 818-903-2040 with any questions regarding a Bank of America Short Sale in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. I also provide a FREE estimate of value of your property.


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Agoura Hills, Arleta, Beverly Hills, Box Canyon, Burbank, Calabasas, , Canoga park, Canyon Country, Castaic, Chatsworth, Encino, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hidden Hills, Lake Balboa, Lakeview Terrace, Los Angeles, Mission Hills, Newhall, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Pasadena, Porter Ranch, Reseda, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Sepulveda, Sherman Oaks, South Pasadena, Stevenson Ranch, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Universal City, Valencia, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Woodland Hills, Winnetka

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Los Angeles Real Estate - Los Angeles, Ca Foreclosure & Short Sale Realtor Specialist




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Tim Brown
Owner/Broker, Realtor®, ABR,CRS,CDPE®
Auctioneer NCAL#8560
Hines & Associates Realty
Direct Line: 704-619-1008
Client Care Line: 704-815-3208

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PHH Escalation Help

I have a short sale with PHH.  The offer and packet were submitted in April, a bpo was done right away, but we've had no other progress since.  PHH keeps advising us that the account is in the loan modification depatment, but the seller has called 3 times and told them he no longer wants the modification and has requested the short sale move forward.  We have escalated almost every week for the last three months, but still nothing.  I need a escalation phone number that works.  Or better yet specific contact info for anyone at PHH that can help. 

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Another HAFA Short Sale approved!  Indian Creek Villas, South Palm Desert.  This was a Bank of America, only one loan.  Hardship was death in the family and the emotional toll it took on the homeowner.  Listed and approved in approximately 60 days..we have 45 days..until 12/1 to close it.  Cute Condo that sold at the peak for over $200,000...approved at $58,500.  Hard to believe!  The owners will be primary residents so lucky for them..happy Buyers, relieved Seller with $3,000 to help her relocate. 

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