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Short Sales Will Increase Dramatically in 2012

by The KCM Crew on May 7, 2012 · 2 comments

We believe that short sales will be a major part of the real estate market in 2012. That is why we have dedicated this entire week to posts exclusively on this subject. We hope that by the end of the week you have a better handle on the need for short sales and a better understanding of the process. – the KCM Crew
It seems that the banks have finally realized that a short sale is a better option than foreclosure for them, the homeowner and the neighborhood. It is for this reason we believe that 2012 will come to be known as the year of the short sale. CNN Money reported on this exact point:

“We believe 2012 could be a record year for short sales,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.

Banks are showing signs of being more open and willing to approve the deals — even if it means accepting less money. The average sales price for a short sale was $174,120 in January, down 4% from December and 10% year-over-year.

Market Watch also addressed the short sale situation recently:

Fitch expects the increase in short sales to continue because of the potential benefits afforded to both lenders and borrowers. Some borrowers may prefer short sales because, though they cannot stay in the property, they often walk away with cash incentives from lenders and healthier credit reports unmarred by foreclosure. For lenders, short sales provide a more efficient and cheaper alternative to the increasingly lengthy and costly foreclosure process. Read more…

If you are interested in selling your home, including selling for less than loan amount (short sale), please contact me:

Barbara Pedersen, Realtor®, Broker
CDPE/Certified Distressed Property Expert, Short Sales
Traditional Sales and Purchases
covering the City of Chicago and Chicago’s South and Southwest Suburbs.
or call at: 708-539-9900
Classic Realty Group
Orland Park, Il

or e-mail:

May 7, 2012 Posted by | Buying, Hickoty Hills, Il, Miscellaneous, Orland Park, Il, Palos Hills, Il, Selling, Short Sales | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Short Sales Become Bank Foreclosure Shortcut

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Banks dealing with lengthy, complicated and frequently messy foreclosures are starting to see “short sales” as a quicker and cheaper way of getting bad loans off their & Co| JPM

The nation’s biggest mortgage servicers- Bank of America(BAC_), JPMorgan Chase(JPM_) and Wells Fargo(WFC_) – are beginning to step up their efforts to ease the short sale process for borrowers who are unsuccessful in getting loan modifications and face the threat of foreclosure.

Servicers are attempting to reach out to borrowers and are paying out more incentives to those suffering financial hardship to help proceed with a short sale. They are also cutting down the time taken to approve short sales, although realtors still complain that the process takes too long.

JPMorgan has processed 120,000 short sales through its proprietary program since June 2009 and now averages 5,000 short sales a month. The bank says its average response time to approve a short sales transaction is 30 days.

“We think the short sale is a good solution for many struggling homeowners and we let them know that it’s an option,” said Christine Holevas, spokesperson for JPMorgan in an email. “Our outreach efforts have increased in the past year or so. Foreclosure can be an expensive and lengthy process for all parties. It’s a good deal for the homeowner and a good deal for us (a cheaper way to get a bad loan off the books.)”

A short sale is seen as a more palatable alternative to foreclosure for borrowers. In its simplest form, borrowers with underwater mortgages sell their homes to a buyer at a price that is approved by the lender. The lender normally forgives the difference between the loan and the sale proceeds- in essence the bank is being shorted for the loan amount.

Previously, lenders were said to prefer foreclosures to short sales because they — or the investors in the loans — figured that more money could be made from the former.

But the average time for the foreclosure process- from the time of notice to the completed foreclosure- is now 318 days in the U.S., according to RealtyTrac.

August 5, 2011 Posted by | Foreclosures, Selling, Short Sales | , , , | Leave a comment


Is a Short Sale or a Foreclosure My Best Option?

by The KCM Crew on May 4, 2011

We get asked this question quite often. In a rapidly changing market, it is difficult to give absolute answers. Much depends on your family’s personal situation. However, if you realize that you can no longer make the payments, you may have to decide between doing a short sale or letting the home go to foreclosure. Here are three things you may wish to consider:

1.) Impact on Your Future Ability to Get a Mortgage

There are many different lending institutions, each with their own requirements when it comes to your ability to obtain a mortgage in the future. However, a common trend is to be much more lenient with someone working through a short sale rather than letting the house go to foreclosure. As an example, the Fannie Mae site, Know Your Options explains you:

May be able to get a Fannie Mae mortgage to purchase a home sooner (in as little as 2 years) than if you went through foreclosure (at least 7 years)

You can get further information here. However, in a rapidly changing environment, make sure you get the latest information available from the actual lending institutions mentioned.

2.) Impact on Your Credit Score

There has been much dialogue on this issue. The question is whether or not a foreclosure will have a more severe impact on your credit score than a short sale. A recent FICO study sheds needed light on this question. Here is a chart from that report.
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May 4, 2011 Posted by | Foreclosures, Short Sales | , , , , , | Leave a comment


Proposed settlement would force banks to allow short sales for delinquent homeowners

The proposed deal among banks and government officials is aimed at stabilizing the real estate market and helping underwater borrowers who are months behind on mortgage payments avoid foreclosure

By Jim Puzzanghera and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times March 30, 2011
Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles

Major banks may be forced to let severely delinquent homeowners sell their houses for less than the loan amounts owed as part of a broad settlement of federal and state investigations into botched foreclosure paperwork, according to government officials involved in the negotiations.
The requirement to allow so-called short sales would be in addition to forcing mortgage servicers to reduce the amount some homeowners owe on their loans, said two officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
The goal of short sales would be twofold: provide a quicker and more economical way for banks to dispose of distressed real estate and to help stabilize the real estate market by clearing out a backlog of defaulted mortgages that are poised for foreclosure.  Read more…

April 8, 2011 Posted by | Foreclosures, Short Sales | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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April 7, 2011 Posted by | Foreclosures | , , | Leave a comment


Do banks prefer foreclosures? No, a short sale is more beneficial to the bank and to the homeowner.

Do you know someone who is struggling financially and falling behind on their mortgage?
They probably qualify for a short sale.
In a short sale the bank usually pays all closing costs which include realtor commission, attorney fee & property taxes.
Pass along my email to someone who might need help:

Behind on payments? Want to sell your home?
If you are interested in a SHORT SALE, contact me for more information.
Sell with dignity, preserve your creditworthiness and start rebuilding your life.
I have helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure.
For more information and a FREE REPORT ON SHORT SALES please call

Barbara Pedersen
Realtor®, Short Sale Specialist
(708) 539-9900

or email:

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Buying, Foreclosures, Homes for Sale, Selling, Short Sales | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Month’s Shadow Inventory: State by State

by The KCM Crew on March 29, 2011 · 1 comment

Last week, we reported on the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Economists’ Outlook and gave you a map showing the percentage of overall sales that distressed properties represented in each state. Today we want to show you another map from the same NAR outlook. This one shows the number of months shadow inventory by state:
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March 29, 2011 Posted by | Buying, Foreclosures, Selling, Short Sales | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Distressed Sales: State by State

by The KCM Crew on March 23, 2011

We have often written on the impact foreclosures and short sales have on the value of the house next door. The Center for Responsible Lending has done great reporting on the subject. It seems distressed properties will be a challenge we will need to deal with for some time. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Sales Report. The report said:

Distressed homes – sold at discount – accounted for a 39 percent market share in February, up from 37 percent in January and 35 percent in February 2010.

This week, NAR released an Economic Outlook. In the report, they covered the percentage of overall sales that distressed properties represented in each state. Here is a map that accompanied the report: read more

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Behind on payments? Want to sell your home?
If you are interested in a SHORT SALE, contact me for more information.
Sell with dignity, preserve your creditworthiness and start rebuilding your life.
I have helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure.
For more information and a FREE REPORT ON SHORT SALES please call

Barbara Pedersen
Realtor®, Short Sale Specialist
(708) 539-9900

or email:

March 23, 2011 Posted by | Foreclosures, Market Statistics, Short Sales | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Short Sale in Berwyn, Il
Short Sale agent presents:
6525 W. 34th St., Berwyn, Il

Spacious, solid, 3 bedroom stucco bungalow in Berwyn.
The house is well insulated and partly remodeled. It features large kitchen and a beautiful big dining room connected to huge living room. Gleaming hardwood floors in all rooms. Fireplace. Basement. Located in a very nice area of North Berwyn.
Short Sale! Excellent value!

For info please call:
Barbara Pedersen

February 19, 2011 Posted by | Buying, Selling, Short Sales | , , , , | Leave a comment


What is the difference between a short sale and a foreclosure?


It seems my price range and must haves is producing a lot of short sales and foreclosures to see. What is the difference?
Active Rain, by Martha Brown, Long and Foster Real Estate,
410-440-7839 (cell) 800-735-5122 (ofc)

A Short Sale is a home where the owners owe more on the property than todays market will give them. They may need to sell and so they put it on the market at todays market value and then when they receive an offer they send it to their bank in hopes of the bank accepting at a price that is ‘short’ of the current mortgage amount. The process can be a long one and certainly  requires a listing agent who is familiar with working short sales, a buyer who has patience as a bank decides if this is a workable solution for them and sellers who will protect the property while the process takes place.

A foreclosure is a home where the owners no longer own the property and the bank has foreclosed on and are now the owners. Depending on the owners and the bank the condition can be anywhere from OK to deplorable.
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February 10, 2011 Posted by | Buying, Foreclosures, Selling, Short Sales | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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