How much power does the bank have?
Recently I ran into a short sale that took me by surprise. I was handling a short sale for a successful real estate agent in California. This short sale lien was owned by the Lien holder *&^%Man*&$% bank. There was a bonafide offer presented to the Lien holder in a timely manner . The bank then reviewed the package and ordered the BPO . After the values came back we were notified by the bank that the value came in $70,000 higher than the offer amount . The buyer then chose To purchase a FHA appraisal. After the appraisal came in, we were notified that The FHA appraisal came in at the same value as the offer amount! Terrific news for our client! We then contested that value at the bank and were quite confident that the bank would then have to accept our FHA appraisal amount as valid and true market value and of course submit our approval letter to us??? We submitted our appraisal along with the offer and ask to have the value contested . When that review came back , The value by the bank was determined to be the same as their BPO value which was $70,000.00 higher than our appraisal value. After their re-review of our documents, including the offer and FHA appraisal, the buyers offer again, was denied- Due to an "Insufficient Offer"
Now many agents would assume that this deal was done and nothing else would help them in obtaining an approval letter, let alone a closing and paycheck. After submitting complaints to the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the FTC and the US attorney Generals office and Federal Housing Authority also known as HUD our bargaining position increases each time we make a legitimate complaint against the mortgagor.
It certainly is the most beneficial thing to do for your client, yourself and your career. especially if its a legitimate complaint! You should know why and when to keep pressure on a bank. It is important in every transaction.
In this case the homeowner did not have a auction date pending and we had plenty of time to contest their values and contest their methodology. Unfortunately in many cases their isn't the time or place to contest values. In that case you should just try to get the highest and best offer instead of continuing on a fight that may end up in foreclosure instead.
Having the right package to submit for your offer is important. You should always try to meet your BPO agent at the property for their valuation. This is not to influence the BPO agents mind. This is simply to show the BPO agent why you came up with the listing price that incurred the current offer on the table. It is always important to show the actual sold properties to the BPO agent so they can get an idea of where or why you have what you have on the table. Remember, they work for the bank. Many times I have seen BPO agents send in higher than market value reports. Some agents think its because they want the listing if it goes to auction. I think its just because they don't have the correct data and are busy themselves to get to their next task. The easier you make it for them to do their job, the better your results!
Take care of yourself and your REAL ESTATE!
Your Short Sale Expert at- Short Sales4u
Stacie MacDonald- CEO of Short Sales4U