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3 Considerations You Should Make Before Buying a Short Sale in Illinois

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When a property sells for less than the full amount owed, that means it has been ‘sold short’ or is a short sale. The process is known for being a great option for homeowners who wish to sell a property that has fallen in value. It is a good way to avoid foreclosure as well as all of the problems that come with it.

Each short sale is different and has several outcomes. To ensure you benefit from positive ones, here are some things you should do when you are searching for a short sale to buy:

1. Locate the Ideal Property

If you see a house in the listing that is priced considerably lower than ongoing market prices, chances are that the seller is trying to attract buyers for a short sale. Get in touch with the homeowners to confirm first but be cautious.

Several homeowners end up listing their property before they have permission from the bank to do so. This is vital because the bank ultimately sets the price. If that is the case, you will have to face a lengthy negotiation process. Chances are you will end up with a price point that will not give you a return on investment.

2. Research the Property

Examine the property before you make any purchasing decision. Ask the owners to provide documents on any unpaid back taxes, liens, etc. Plus, also determine how much the property will be worth once it is fixed up post-sale. You may also have to visit the county clerk a few times. Those efforts will help you get a complete picture of the property before you buy it so you will know exactly what you are paying for.

3. Involve the Seller

The seller or the property owners who are the sellers must inform their lender that they cannot pay off the remaining mortgage amount. At this point, it is important to realize that the seller is not going to profit from the sale. If you are trying to purchase a short sale from a seller who wants a commission for facilitating the sale, back out immediately.

If you wish to short sell your property, you should hire reliable real estate attorneys who specialize in that process such as the ones at Covert Marrero Covert, LLC. We are experienced in negotiating with mortgage companies to help sellers avoid pending balances and to ensure they can walk away with complete peace of mind. We have been representing clients in Schaumburg, Warrenville, and Naperville, Illinois for years. Get in touch with us today.

By Brian Covert | Posted | Posted in Real Estate Lawyer

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