I recently completed requirements by the National Association of Realtors to receive certification as a Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, although I’ve been assisting buyers and sellers of these types of properties since 2004.
Taking the certification class was a fascinating experience – of the group of approximately 50 agents present, fewer than 30% of the agents had ever handled either the buyer or seller side of a short sale property! Wow, where have they been and how on earth are they still in business?
When questioned about where they work, well over half of the agents at the class focused on the east and northeast sides of King County – i.e., Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish, etc., where short sale and bank owned properties aren’t as prevalent as they are in my practice areas. (Briefly, a short sale property is identified in our MLS as one where a property’s sale price is less than its outstanding indebtedness and some sort of negotiation, concession and/or approval is needed by the lien holder(s) before a sale can be completed.)
These types of transactions – for BOTH Sellers and Buyers – require considerably more experience and expert handling than do “regular” purchases and sales (whatever those are – I’ve almost forgotten!). From our informal classroom survey, it’s possible than over 70% of agents in our area have never handled a short sale or bank-owned property!!
Therefore, when you find yourself in need of help – or know someone who does – buying or selling short sale or foreclosure properties, call an experienced agent! I can be reached by phone at 206.300.8421 or by e-mail at email@example.com.