As a busy agent in the south King County area and down into the Tacoma/Puyallup Pierce County areas, I both list properties for Sellers and assist Buyers in finding their “dream home,” whether it be a first time purchase or a repeat purchase.
While definitely not unique to these geographic areas, price points and demographics of buyers and homeowners for these areas seem to especially target short sales and bank owned properties. Or maybe it’s just the clients with whom I’ve worked over the last few months. Sellers need to sell–usually as quickly as possible–and Buyers just want to move in.
In any event, short sales have been a problem. It seems as though it’s nearly impossible to get bank approval in anything less than 120 days … and then IF we get approval, the banks want us to close the transaction in no more than 30 days, another feat that’s becoming more and more difficult.
Back in May, 2009, President Obama indicated that he was pushing forward legislation that would drastically change the method and bank requirements by which short sales would be approved. This was aimed at shortening the time the banks would have to approve such transactions, along with helping a distressed seller by eliminating the “pay back the difference to the lender” clause that has been a real sticking point.
FINALLY, on Monday Reuters reported that the Treasury Department has now set guidelines to simplify short sales. I can’t tell you how excited “I” will be when this finally happens. And when the Banks step up and get their own internal procedures in place to accommodate these new guidelines.
I’m maintaining an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude. It’ll be cause for rejoicing!!