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Is a short sale really beneficial?

On Behalf of | May 24, 2023 | Short Sale

The real estate industry involves numerous processes for buying and selling. A short sale, which involves buying a home for an amount less than what the current owner owes the mortgage lender, is one of them.

This purchase process is popular in the industry, and a significant percentage of homebuyers gravitate toward it. Is it as beneficial as many people believe? Here is what you need to know.

It benefits both parties

A short sale benefits both the buyer and the seller. The buyer gets an ideal home at a reduced price, and the seller gets relief from financial difficulties and the stress of facing a foreclosure.

The buyer can profit from the house if they can do all the needed repairs, as most homes in a short sale have defects. Chances are that the owner didn’t have the money to keep it in good condition. Thus, if the buyer can revamp it, they can raise its value quickly, and the profit margin will be significant if they sell it.

Some buyers may miss out

With the struggle the mortgage lender went through to get payments from the current owner and have accepted a loss, they may favor cash buyers. Thus, you may be a good-standing buyer, pre-approved by a reliable lender, but may still miss out on the opportunity.

Nonetheless, if you have leverage, you can use it to stand out. For instance, a reputable realtor can convince the lender to accept your offer.

While short sales are beneficial, they can be limiting. Further, you need to approach the process with caution to avoid costly mistakes. It will help to get legal guidance to make informed decisions throughout the process.