How to Submit a Real Estate Short sale: What you need to know

How to Submit a Real Estate Short sale: What you need to know...

Submitting the Short Sale

So you have met with(or are) the homeowner and have the property on the market getting the proper exposure. Now it’s time to prepare the documents and submit for a short sale. This is the most time consuming part of the Short Sale process especially if you do not stay organized and take notes on all your conversations with the lenders.

What the real estate agent will need:

Authorization to Release Information: This form allows your real estate agent, escrow company, and title company to talk to a lender on behalf of the borrower. The lender will not talk to anyone unless they have this on file.

CMA: With the current Active, Pending, and Sold properties going 90 days back(close of escrow)
Listing Contract: The Listing Contract, Short Sale Addendum, and MLS printout.
Offer to Purchase: Retail offer to purchase on the subject property

What needs to be provided to the lender(Including everything listed above):

Financial Worksheet: Shows your assets, liabilities, and expenses. Great tool for presenting the borrowers current “hardship” to the lender.
Proof of income: You will need the last 2 pay stubs and last 2 years W2's. If you are self-employed, you will need last 2 years tax returns and a Profit and Loss statement for the past 3-6 months.
Bank Statements for the past 2 months: Showing balances and spending history.
Hardship Letter: This is where the borrower has the opportunity to “state their case” to the lender. Why did the situation occur? Why do you need to sell? What is going on with your hardship now?
Last 2 years of tax returns: All pages are needed and if you filed an extension, submit the extension paperwork.

Once you have all of the paperwork together, send it all at once and as soon as possible. Make sure it's complete and legible. Also, make sure you are constantly following up because the lenders a overwhelmed with requests and sometime lose track of progress. There is a long line of borrowers ahead of you so if the file is missing anything, you will get notice but the file will go to the bottom of the pile again.

What have you noticed in your short sale experience?

If you need any help with short sales, contact me today!

To your success,

Oliver Graf

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  1. Buyers must do thorough research on some info about short sale for lenders may not disclose all necessary details. There maybe some delay on the approval process due to the condition of the documents.

  2. I do agree with you. But getting the right realtor to negotiate short sale is very crucial.