Three Things Buyers Should Know about Short Sales in Nevada

    Things Buyers Should Know About Short Sales in Nevada Buying a Short Sale in Nevada can be confusing and frustrating if you are not informed of exactly how the process works. If you are considering buying a Carson Valley short sale, it’s important to keep these points in mind so that there are no surprises in the process.

    1. Short sales are anything but short! They may be called short sales but that has no bearing on the time involved in buying a short sale. They will take longer than a bank owned or traditional purchase. Sometimes obtaining approval from all the lenders involved can take months. This trend has improved drastically in the last 6 months, but you should still be prepared for a 3-4 month waiting time just for the lenders to approve the sale. This does not include your new loan processing if you are obtaining a loan. Buyers should be aware of this timeframe and plan accordingly.
    2. Whether or not your Short Sale in Nevada is approved often depends on the skills and experience of the listing agent. Any real estate professional can list a short sale, but it takes a great deal of knowledge and training to get a short sale approved. If you are considering buying a specific Short Sale home in Nevada, have your buyer’s agent run an MLS listing report on the listing agent. Then you can see how many short sales he or she has completed successfully. This will be a good indicator of whether your transaction will go smoothly, or maybe hit a few road bumps along the way.
    3. While everyone wants a good deal, it’s important to understand that the seller and listing agent, nor the buyer, establish the price. The noteholder (or investor) establishes the selling price. Buyers should be prepared for a counter from the lender during the short sale approval process. If you are familiar with the recently sold comparables in the neighborhood, it should be clear that the lenders merely want to make sure the home sells at market value, not below.

    If buyers keep these three key points in mind, buying a short sale really isn’t that daunting. Do you have questions about short selling your home in Nevada? We’d be happy to sit down with you confidentially and discuss your options so you make an informed decision that is right for you and your family. Contact Christianne Gordon at 775-881-8223 or by email at today to arrange for your personal and confidential consultation.

    This blog post originally posted on on March 4, 2011 by Christianne Gordon.

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    Christianne O'Malley

    I am an award winning top-producing Realtor with over $300 million in lifetime sales. I represent buyers and sellers across Northern Nevada including Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Dayton, Virginia City, Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa and beyond.

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