Sometimes I hear stories about stuff going on in the field of real estate and I think, “You can’t make this stuff up. Even if you wanted to.” Today I was looking through old Agent Genius posts to figure out if I had ever written about the loan lookup tools offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and I stumbled upon an article about agents mistakenly eating pot brownies at an open house. Also, my friend Jane told me about how a client’s little dog jumped into a buyer’s lap to say hello and immediately left a deposit in the buyer’s lap.
Well, when it comes to short sales, I cannot believe some of the stuff that I experience. In hindsight, I couldn’t make up my experiences either. Most recently, like many busy short sale agents, I have been facing significant challenges with the processing of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac short sales—especially if we are in the final two months before the trustee’s sale (a.k.a. foreclosure date).
You see, when it comes to short sales, Fannie Mae is not in the giving mood. If you are a few days from the foreclosure date, they may (or may not) postpone that sale in order to entertain that short sale offer. I have one particular transaction that was stuck in review for HAFA (it’s a Fannie Mae deal) for a couple of months. When I finally got it moving (after sacrificing my first born), I was told that we may not have time to close because the sale date is imminent.
So, what’s a short sale agent to do?
Here’s what you need to do. Before you go to the listing appointment, you can check and see whether your client’s note is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. That way, you will know what you are in for. I knew what I was in for when I began processing this short sale listing. I just never thought that a short sale negotiator would say to me, “If I give you the approval today, can you close tomorrow?”
Like I said, “You can’t make this stuff up.”
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