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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Ventura County Short Sale Is Taking Too Long Because Lenders Can't Write Off Too Much Loss At Once...WHAT???

Chris has been Certified as a California Association of Realtors HAFA Specialist, a National Association of Realtors Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource, Chris B Johnson Realtor is a Certified Distressed Property Expert, Certified Short Sale Negotiator and Certified Pre-Foreclosure Specialist.
Your Ventura County Short Sale Specialist receives emails all the time that go something like this "The Bank’s Short Sale Problems are not that simple. A bank can't afford to write off too much loss at once. Also, their investors may not approve the short sale, because they can't afford to write off too much loss at once either. And the circle goes on."

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Here is why this flawed assumption is incorrect. Most of the large, national banks do not own the mortgages they handle. As an example, Bank of America does not own 80% of the mortgages they service. The biggest holders are the GSEs: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Ginnie Mae.

These entities are accustomed to losses. The other entity that's set up well and accustomed to losses is FHA. Most of the remaining loans are owned by Wall Street Firms, Pension Funds, and other professional investors. Most of the loans owned by them have already been written down in value dramatically. In a few, isolated instances, the "We don't want to write off losses to fast because it will hurt this quarter's earnings" thing applies. But, it is also illegal because of accounting rules.

Not writing off losses that you know about could be considered insider trading by many. Besides, when you push the loss on non-performing loans off to the future, the losses are bigger in most cases. Any prudent person would agree that making losses bigger is bad business. The bigger problem is that the lenders don't have enough staff to process the files.

They need short sale negotiators to submit files to the owners of the loans. As an example, on a recent FHA short sale, the negotiator told us it would take her 2-3 weeks to review the offer and then submit it to the FHA. However, she did tell me that FHA only has a 72 hour turnaround from when she submits the file to them. That is pathetic.

Here is why the lender doesn't have any incentive to hire on more staff. On that file, the lender isn't losing the money, FHA is losing it. Therefore why should the lender spend money to hire on more staff? There is no incentive to do so.

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Thanks for reading this,

Chris B Johnson.

Chris B is a Real Estate Agent at Prudential Califonia Realty.

Phone: 805-208-0823.

Certified HAFA Specialist, Certified Short Sale Specialist

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