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The Importance of Using a Short Sale Expert

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 The Importance of Using a Short Sale Expert

By David Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert, (502) 664-7827 and (502) 895-3100

In my city alone there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of homeowners who unnecessarily lose their homes to foreclosure each year who could have avoided it if their Realtor would have successfully procured a short sale.

Even a highly trained short sale expert cannot stop a bank from defeating itself and not every short sale will get to closing. But it is the Realtor’s responsibility to diligently and methodically go through the dozens of extra steps that don’t exist in a traditional listing.

With the introduction of HAFA short sales the homeowner has the opportunity of receiving great incentives for successfully completing a short sale, namely mandatory debt forgiveness and a $3,000 cash payment from the lender. Realtors who fail to procure the short sale can cause their clients to lose these monetary incentives.

Realtors who are not thoroughly trained and don’t have the time, staff or resources to handle short sales should simply not take on this complex negotiation. The clients come first and it is imperative that they get the best chance of avoiding foreclosure.

If a traditional sale doesn’t sell in a timely manner the seller will endure some sort of inconvenience. However, if a client is facing foreclosure and the short sale doesn’t happen on time or doesn’t take place at all, the seller can suffer irreversible monetary and emotional damage.

Often Realtors feel obligated to take a short sale listing because of their friendship or prior relationship with the seller. Other professionals such as doctors and lawyers refer clients to specialists. Contractors bring in specialized subcontractors. Likewise, Realtors should refer their short sales to Realtors who are experts in this highly specialized field. This way their clients receive the best care and the referring Realtor still gets some compensation. The referring Realtor is still the hero because he or she was resourceful enough to bring in the expert.

Dave Halpern, Broker

(502) 664-7827

Dave Halpern successfully closes dozens of short sales each year in Louisville, Kentucky. Dave has helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy by skillfully procuring a short sale for them. The seller has zero out of pocket costs. The foreclosing lender pays all closing costs and commissions on behalf of the seller. Many Realtors in the Louisville area refer and outsource their short sales to Dave due to his extremely high success rate.

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HAFA orientation video from NAR – National Association of Realtors

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If you are “upside down” on your mortgage in Louisville, KY you should seriously consider a short sale. In a short sale, your lender accepts an amount short of what you owe them. It is important that you select a Realtor who has successfully completed dozens of short sales. Your Realtor should also be current on the changing government and banking industry rules related to short sales.

Here’s a link to an overview VIDEO of the new HAFA short sales rules that went into effect on April 5, 2010: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1465406675?bctid=75779465001

There is still much confusion about the new HAFA rules. I will continue to present blog posts with quality information on the alternatives to foreclosure. Please subscribe to this blog to stay updated.

Thanks,

Dave Halpern, Broker

(502) 664-7827

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The Reality About HAFA Is No One Knows What the Reality Is Yet

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As of the writing of this blog post on April 17, 2010, the reality of HAFA is that no one knows what the reality is yet. It’s simply too early to know how lenders and upside down borrowers will respond.

HAFA is the new government and lender program designed to help homeowners who could not get a loan modification. The goal is to expedite the short sale process by streamlining the workflow and providing incentives to the borrowers and lenders. HAFA stands for Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives.

Both lenders and borrowers have strict timelines but great latitude in the quality of answers they have to provide within those timelines. It will probably take at least two to three months to determine the effectiveness of the HAFA program and how many borrowers in foreclosure and lenders will be helped.

All the Realtors, lawyers and loss mitigators can recite the HAFA guidelines all day long, but the real answer will be revealed once we collectively process thousands of new short sales with the new guidelines.

In the meantime, let’s all stay positive and optimistic.

Dave Halpern, Real Estate Broker

 (502) 664-7827

Dave successfully closes dozens of short sales each year in Louisville, Kentucky. Dave has helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy by skillfully procuring a short sale for them. The seller has zero out of pocket costs. The foreclosing lender pays all closing costs and commissions on behalf of the seller. Many Realtors in the Louisville area refer and outsource their short sales to Dave due to his extremely high success rate.

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Short Sale – Can I Sell My House If It’s A Fixer Upper?

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Short Sale – Can I Sell My House If It’s A Fixer Upper?

Yes! It doesn’t matter how much you owe. It doesn’t matter what shape it’s in. You can have a leaky roof, old windows, shoddy electrical system and dogs could have chewed up all the door frames.

If the market values have plummeted and you owe more than the house is worth and you’re behind on payments, you should look into doing a short sale.

In a short sale the lender accepts an amount short of the payoff and lets the house sell for whatever the market will pay. If the house is a fixer upper it reduces the value of the house, but since the bank will let it go for the reduced price the house will still sell. In a short sale the lender lets the house sell based on the current value, not based on how much is owed.

If the house sells for less than owed, the difference is called a “shortage” or a “deficiency”. In most cases, but not all, the lender will forgive the deficiency. It is vital that the seller engage the services of a professional Realtor who has a proven track record of successfully negotiating and closing dozens of short sales. A competent and caring Realtor is more likely to obtain a full forgiveness of the deficiency.

David Halpern is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker in Louisville, Kentucky. The name of Dave’s Realty Company is Louisville Short Sale Expert which reflects his total dedication to helping homeowners avoid foreclosure by procuring a short sale.

Dave successfully closes dozens of short sales each year in Louisville, Kentucky. Dave has helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy by skillfully procuring a short sale for them. The seller has zero out of pocket costs. The foreclosing lender pays all closing costs and commissions on behalf of the seller. Many Realtors in the Louisville area refer and outsource their short sales to Dave, due to his extremely high success rate.

Dave is accredited by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to teach other Realtors the complexities of short sales. Hundreds of Realtors have attended his courses.

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http://www.LouisvilleShortSaleExpert.com

How To Choose The Right Short Sale Realtor

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April 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Divorce, Foreclosures and Short Sales in Louisville, KY – Mistakes to Avoid

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Some divorce decrees or mediation agreements contain orders about the house that are impossible to fulfill. These orders sometimes further escalates the problem causing further stress, monetary damage and damage to the parties’ credit. Some court orders are doomed to fail, causing a spouse to be in non-compliance with a judge’s order.

My name is Dave Halpern, a Realtor and Broker in Louisville, KY. I specialize in preforeclosure short sales and close dozens of short sales each year. I have helped many sellers in a divorce situation and have encountered problem situations that could have been avoided.

Divorce attorneys, mediators and judges often make well intentioned yet fundamentally wrong decisions regarding disposition of the house. 

The two most problematic orders that I have seen are:

  1. Spouse 1 must refinance to take spouse 2 off the loan.
  2. Spouse 1 must sell the house by certain date.

The problems with refinancing:

  1. The spouse’s credit may not qualify them to refinance
  2. The house may not appraise high enough
  3. The interest rate may make the loan unaffordable

The problems with selling the house:

  1. In many cases there is too much owed on the house
  2. House values significantly declined, making many houses unsellable
  3. The court appoints a Realtor who may not be an expert in liquidating “upside houses”.

A divorced seller recently contacted me in a state of panic that she is about to be thrown in jail for contempt of court because she couldn’t sell her house. A quick analysis confirmed that she owes too much on her house and the only way to sell it is through a short sale. She took my analysis and explanatory material to court to stay out of jail.

A short sale occurs when the lender is willing to accept an amount short of the payoff. If done properly and professionally  the lender forgives the shortage. This however could trigger a tax bill which sends the divorcing parties back to court to get the responsible spouse to pay the other spouse’s tax bill.

If the lender requires to keep the borrowers obligated on some or all of the shortage, the parties find themselves back in court fighting over who is responsible for the shortage.

Since a short sale hurts the borrower’s credit, how does one spouse hold the other responsible for the intangible financial damage due to a lower credit score?

All these issues and more need to be accounted for in the original court order. Divorce attorneys need to protect their clients by understanding the real estate market as it pertains to foreclosure, preforeclosure and short sales. Divorce attorneys should seek training on short sales and consult with Realtors who specialize in short sales. Agreeing to impossible terms that cannot be implemented can land their client in significant financial and legal hot water.

David Halpern is a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker in Louisville, Kentucky. The name of Dave’s Realty Company is Louisville Short Sale Expert which reflects his total dedication to helping homeowners avoid foreclosure by procuring a short sale.

Dave successfully closes dozens of short sales each year in Louisville, Kentucky. Dave has helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy by skillfully procuring a short sale for them. The seller has zero out of pocket costs. The foreclosing lender pays all closing costs and commissions on behalf of the seller. Many Realtors in the Louisville area refer and outsource their short sales to Dave, due to his extremely high success rate.

Dave is accredited by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to teach other Realtors the complexities of short sales. Hundreds of Realtors have attended his courses.

More links and blogs from David Halpern:

http://www.LouisvilleShortSaleExpert.com

How To Choose The Right Short Sale Realtor

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David Halpern Helps Homeowner Avoid Foreclosure!

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David Halpern negotiates a short sales to help this homeowner avoid foreclosure!

After being faced with losing our home and still owing more than our house was worth, Dave Halpern and his experienced staff gave us options we never knew existed.  “Your New Home Today” kept us from foreclosure and saved us from more than $30,000 in debt.

David Halpern has helped many homeowners avoid foreclosure. Dave can be contacted at (502) 664-7827 or through website www.LouisvilleShortSaleExpert.com. Please call any time – we love to help!

Homeowner Avoids Bankruptcy with Help from David Halpern

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Homeowner avoids bankruptcy by doing a short sale with David Halpern!

I didn’t know where to turn when my husband and I divorced.  I was left with the debt of the house because he filed bankruptcy.  I wanted to save my good credit if possible.  Dave and Hope helped me tremendously.  They were very patient and informative and very understanding.  They kept me posted on everything going on after an offer was made and accepted.  They were always available and answered all my questions.  Hope even helped me with my financials and writing letters to the mortgage companies.  She was great!  I am glad we went the Short Sale route.  I was a little apprehensive at first, but they truly pulled me out of this housing hole.  Kudos to both! Lifesavers!