There used to be really only one kind of property offered for sale. It was an ACTIVE property. Today, there are short sales, pre-foreclosures, bank owned and ACTIVE. To make it easy, you can treat Bank owned and Active properties the same way. There is an owner/seller and an offer can be made and accepted in reasonably short order. If it is a traditional ACTIVE property, you may expect an answer from the seller in 48 hours. If it is bank owned you may expect an offer in five to ten business days. Short sales, pre-foreclosures and foreclosures are all very much the same. The Lender must accept he offer before a sale can be concluded. A contract is established when Buyer and Seller agree and execute a contract. This is binding. However, Lender acceptance of the contract is a specific and limiting contingency. Lenders generally take 45 to 50 days to receive record, evaluate and decide on a short sale offer.
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