Don’t let the name fool you, Orlando short sales take a long time! The reason being is that a short sale means that the bank loses money so you can’t blame them for not being in a rush. This can however be helpful to the homeowner by allowing them time to get their house sold and avoiding foreclosure. If a lender approves a short sale on a home, it means that they are allowing the homeowner to sell their home for less than what’s owed on the mortgage.
Recently, the United States Treasury Department changed the rules to make the short sale process easier and more efficient. Usually, the short sale process will drag on for several months and even up to a year in some cases. And even then there was no guarantee that the lender would agree to a short sale. That’s why there are so few Orlando short-sale realtors willing to specialize in this area of real estate.
Some short-sale agents remain skeptical and think that nothing will change. Orlando short sale specialist Jenny Zamora, Broker at Orlando Realty Consultants “I will be the first to shout from the rooftops if the short sale process becomes faster than what it is”.
These are some of the changes that are being put in place:
- Potential buyers must submit a pre-approval letter from a lender together with their offer on the home.
- Lenders have to either approve or deny a short sale offer within ten business days.
- To protect the homeowner from being forced out, the short sale lender must give a 45 day closing period unless the seller agrees to a lesser amount of time.
- If someone buys a house via short sale, they cannot sell it for at least 90 days. This scenario is fine for someone planning to live in the home but it presents a problem for investors looking to do a quick flip.
- Orlando short sales done through the HAFA program [Home Affordable Alternatives Program] can’t be sold to a friend or relative or business partner of the seller.
- A maximum of $3,000 can go to holders of junior liens to release a lien on their property
- A lender may not foreclose while the house is being marketed for sale during the short sale process.
- Lenders may no longer charge fees to borrowers who wish to pursue a short sale instead of a foreclosure.
- Lenders may no longer lower realtor commissions after an offer has been received.
Jenny Zamora, Orlando Realtor, and short sale specialist are overall happy with the changes although she is doubtful these changes will increase her already outstanding turnaround time of 30-45 days to complete a short sale.