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Short Sale or Death-Which Will Happen First? Advantages of Buying Foreclosures

Homebuyers tell me they “only want to look at short sales”. My initial response is why? You can read a previous post here about Can I get a short sale for 20% less than asking price? short sale tampa

Short Sale Disadvantages: The question today is a short sale worth the months of waiting just to find out that the seller’s bank isn’t going to accept your offer?

The loss mitigation reps have hundreds of cases assigned to them and are paid on performance. A “kick out” price is determined by a supervisor and the loss mitigation rep is given a monetary incentive to get anything higher for the mortgage

It is an enormous frustration to investors doing short sales when lenders take months to make a decision and just don’t seem to care.

Advantages to by a bank-owned property versus a short sale:

1. Bank-owned homes can close quick! 30 days on average.

2. Banks are motivated to move the property and some our offering some great incentives, including closing costs assistance.

3.  If you are going to use the home as your primary residence, First Look Initiative Gives Homebuyers 15 Days to Buy Homesteps® Homes Without Investor Competition

Here’s some statistics for short sales in the Tampa Bay area reported by Jeff Harrington at

All told, 52 percent of all bay area sales were distressed. The breakdown: 30% were foreclosures, and 22% where short sales. It seems the trend is to purchase homes that have already been foreclosed on.

By Rae Catanese, Prudential Tropical Realty-Tampa, Fl

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Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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1 Comment

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning

    Amen to the short sales! We see people wait months, only to find out they are not getting the home in Tampa they wanted to buy. Bank Owned is the way to go for people wanting a deal in Tampa Real Estate.

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