If you need to do a Short Sale there are some basic steps. First, contact your lender and get the address/Fax number of the Short Sale or Workout or Loss Mitigation Department. Be ready to send in your documentation which will include: a hardship letter – why you have to sell; your last two pay stubs (for everyone on the mortgage); your last two month’s bank statements, your last two Tax Returns; a worksheet showing your monthly income and expenditures and finally a letter authorizing the Lender to speak to your Realtor.
With all that done, have your Realtor do a pricing analysis and follow your Realtor’s recommendations and list the property. Your lender will NOT do anything on a short sale until your Realtor can submit an offer to purchase the property. Most lenders have developed a process for handling short sales and they have a set of steps and a timeline for evaluating the offer which includes sending out their own agent to do a BPO (Broker’s Price Opinion). It is important that your own Realtor know how to do a BPO because that is the same process they should use in pricing your home originally. Your Realtor should be able to defend the pricing with the Lender’s short sale specialist. For more help and information about short sales you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813.996.2441. We are short sale specialists.