3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Real Estate Short Sale

short saleWhen the real estate market starts to decline, everyone starts talking about short sales.

A short sale happens when the bank is willing to accept less than what the sellers owe on their real estate. This means you may find a great deal on your next home. However, short sales aren’t right for everyone. Before you decide to buy a short sale, you need to ask yourself some important questions.

1. Can you afford to buy the property as-is? You can and should have an inspection done before you buy real estate. However, with a short sale, the seller is most likely not going to be able to make any repairs before they sell the property. After all, they’re selling it because they don’t have the money to make the payments. Make sure you’re able to afford any repairs the property will need.

2. Is it really a good deal? You need to pay attention to the home’s value. How does the price compare with what other homes are selling for? Paying $175,000 for a home when other homes are selling for $130,000 means you’re really not getting a good deal. Just because the home is a short sale doesn’t mean it’s worth your time and money.

3. Are you prepared to deal with the bank? The bank’s only concern is getting their money from the home sale. To ensure this happens, the bank will require extra paperwork. They will even take their time negotiating if the seller has more than one mortgage. It doesn’t matter to them how long you have to wait. If you don’t have time to wait for the bank to approve the short sale, you probably should look for a different home.

Right now is a great time to buy a home, whether it’s a short sale or not. Let us help you find the real estate that best fits your budget and needs. Call us today at 602-324-9625 or contact us.