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Contents of a Good Short Sale Package
by Bill Bronchick

Foreclosure Short Sale Investing

This is the make or break of your short sale proposal. You must set the stage to show the bank why it is in their best interest to take a discount now rather than later. Prove how they will make more money by releasing the lien now rather than going through a costly foreclosure and terrible resell market.

Common items found in a good short sale package put together by an investor:

Foreclosure Short Sale Investing Documents

Hardship Letter

Most lenders will want to see that the homeowner has had financial hardship. They want to see that the homeowner cannot make payments and will not be able to catch back payments up. The letter should be written by the homeowner themself. Simply ask them to describe on paper what happened and what their current situation is. I literally had one homeowner write up a 10-page hardship letter describing everything in detail. The more details the better for your proposal.

W2’s, Bank Statements and Paystubs

Include all financial supporting evidence to back up the hardship letter. Include the last 2 months of bank statements and paystubs if they are working. If they are not working then type up a letter stating that no paystubs are included because they are unemployed.

Listing Agreement

Banks like to see that the property properly marketed for sale by a real estate agent. They want to see that the home owner did everything possible to sell the house before asking for a discount.

Purchase Agreement

The lenders will normally want to see a valid offer to purchase before going through the decision of discounting.  This includes any addenda to the contract.

Comparable Market Analysis

Foreclosing lenders will have had a Brokers Price Opinion done by a real estate agent within the area. To lower the perceived value of the property, you will also want to submit your own market analysis using lower priced comps sold within 6 months or less. The whole idea behind the short sale proposal is to reduce the perceived value of the property. In the current market, showing the days on market will help your proposal incredibly. The lender needs to get rid of their foreclosure inventory as fast as possible. In some areas, houses are not selling for over a year and that is a great incentive to discount.

List of Repairs and Pictures

To continue to lower the perceived value of the property, list all repairs needed, the costs to make those repairs and pictures showing the repairs. This will show the loss mitigation representative that the house would need repairs to bring a full value.

Proposed HUD-1

The bank wants to know what they will net after all closing costs and discounts are done. This is the bottom line figure that they will decide whether or how much of a discount to proceed with. Normally you would use a HUD 1 sheet to display all transaction fees. The owner must not be shown as receiving any money. If the lender sees the homeowner receiving money then your short sale request will be killed instantly.

Authorization To Release Information

This should be the first form you fax to the loss mitigation representative. They will not be able to talk to you regarding the loan specifications without it. The property owner will sign this form giving the bank permission to speak to you regarding the loan information.

Bill Bronchick
William Bronchick, CEO of Legalwiz Publications, is a Nationally-known attorney, author, entrepreneur and speaker. Mr. Bronchick has been practicing law and real estate since 1990, having been involved in over 600 transactions. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows including CNBC Power Lunch. He has been featured in Who's Who in American Business, Money Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the Denver Business Journal. William Bronchick has served as President of the Colorado Association of Real Estate Investors since 1996.

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