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An awesomely super new service just launched, called TwitPic. While there are many applications that supplement Twitter, this is my fave.


If you don’t yet use Twitter, go sign up now, join the AG conversation, and then hook up with TwitPic (it uses your Twitter log in, so there’s no need to register on their site). The service quickly and easily posts your uploaded pictures to your twitter account with a tiny url, and you can even add comments!


Founder Noah Everett told Agent Genius that their future goals include “to add a way to post pictures from your cell phone and from email. Since you can post to twitter from your phone I think this would be a great feature fit for TwitPic. We also want to provide an API that other sites & twitter clients can post into TwitPic as well and the ability to tag photos, etc.”


Noah, we can’t wait- several Agent Genius bloggers (like Ines) are doing mobile photo blogs to supplement their main blogs, and this feature would be a great way to disseminate their pictures even further via Twitter! Speaking of features, as I wrote this, I learned by surprise that if someone on TwitPic comments on a photo (since you see everything I’ve uploaded when you visit), it sends me a Twitter message- how cool!

How does TwitPic work? It’s SO easy! Three steps:

Log In using Twitter account


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Upload image from your desktop


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Add comments and click “Post It!”


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Your TwitPic is automatically posted to Twitter


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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Jeff Turner

    February 5, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Lani… great find. I like it. It’s simple. It works. As a Mac user, I’m probably going to stick to hooked to Twitterfeed, mainly for the editorial aspects. But this will be great for folks wishing to show screen caps on a PC.

    That said, given it’s tie in to Twitter, there may be more conversation that takes place around these image posts. Time will tell.

  2. Lani Anglin

    February 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Besides the simplicity, I LOVE the ability for people to check out all pictures I’ve posted and comment there AND I get a twit message immediately! I think I’ll be gushing about TwitPic for a while 😉

    Thanks for coming over, JT!

  3. Jeff Turner

    February 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Just realized the 360 commenting that TwitPic uses. Very well thought out. It will indeed create interesting conversation dynamics.

  4. Benn Rosales

    February 5, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Jeff, this is seesmic’s answer man- this is the answer! this would connect the conversations, you should send this to them…

  5. ines

    February 5, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    How much fun! now to integrate it with the photo blog and try to have Jeff use his influence for the iphone to get video…..and I’ll be set.

  6. Robert D. Ashby

    February 5, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I am going to have to play with this when I get to the Big D tomorrow, but it sounds like a great tool.

  7. Sue

    May 20, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I’ve been afraid of twitter from what I’ve read that its confusing and I’m somewhat new to blogging and social networking. I’ve heard it compared to a “mini blog”. This lays out the twitpic piece to look pretty clear and simple. Its moving to the top of the list. Thanks!

  8. Hunter Jackson

    July 3, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I have just started using TwitPic. Does anyone know of any way to put a picture directly into twitter (ie, where someone doesnt have to click a link to get to the picture?)

  9. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    July 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Hunter, because of the way Twitter’s timeline is set up for the web and multiple applications to view Twitter, there is not a way to display an image without a link. Perhaps this will change as Twitter has been heavily invested in, but I doubt it. Part of the original goal was to have a clean, html-free, streamlined viewer based on 140 characters or less, so I doubt images on Twitter will become a reality.

    (1) is the best option as it automates a tiny url
    (2) Change your Twitter wallpaper frequently
    (3) Make your Twitter wallpaper an extended profile
    (4) Link to your own hosted images on flickr, etc.

    Hunter, I hope this helps!!

  10. Robin

    July 4, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Lani thanks for the extended information on Twit Pic…Hunter have you tried summize?

  11. brad

    May 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    i’ve been looking for an application like this thanks for the lead

  12. Sue

    May 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Saw this latest comment so I popped in. Its been a while since I posted my scardie cat comment and I have since signed up for twitter and use quite frequently @chathamnj. Its a nice way to get to know your cyber space friends. The twitpic feature is very fun.

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Disputing a property’s value in a short sale: turn a no into a go

During a short sale, there may be various obstacles, with misaligned property values ranking near the top, but it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker!



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magic eight ball

It’s about getting your way

Were you on the debate team in high school? Were you really effective at convincing your parent or guardian to let you do things that you shouldn’t have been doing? How are your objection-handling skills? Can you flip a no into a go?

When working on short sales, there is one aspect of the process that may require those excellent negotiation or debate skills: disputing the property value. In a short sale, the short sale lender sends an appraiser or broker to the property and this individual conducts a Broker Price Opinion or an appraisal, using special forms provided by the short sale lender.

After this individual completes the Broker Price Opinion or the appraisal, he or she will return it to the short sale lender. Shortly thereafter, the short sale lender will be ready to talk about the purchase price. Will the lender accept the offer on the table or is the lender looking for more? If the lender is seeking an offer for a lot more than the one on the table, mentally prepare for the fact that you will need to conduct a value dispute.

Value Dispute Process

While each of the different short sale lenders (including Fannie Mae) has their own policies and procedures for value dispute, all these procedures have some things in common. Follow the steps below in order to conduct an effective value dispute.

  1. Inquire about forms. Ask your short sale lender if there are specific forms that you need to complete in order to conduct a value dispute. Obtain those forms if necessary.
  2. Gather information. Your goal is to convince the lender to accept the buyer’s offer, so you need to demonstrate that your offer is in line with the value of the property. Collect data that proves this point, such as reports from the MLS, Trulia, Zillow, or your local title company.
  3. Take photos. If there are parts of the property that are substandard and possibly were not revealed to the lender by the individual conducting the BPO, take photos of those items. Perhaps the kitchen has no flooring, or there is a 40-year old roof. Take photos to demonstrate these defects.
  4. Obtain bids. For any defects on the property, obtain a minimum of two bids from licensed contractors. For example, obtain two bids from roofers or structural engineers if necessary
  5. Write a report. Think back to high school English class if necessary. Write a short essay that references your information, photos, and bids, and explains how these items support your buyer’s value. This is not something that you whip up in five minutes. Spend time preparing a compelling appeal.

It is entirely possible that some lenders will not be particularly open-minded when it comes to valuation dispute. However, more times than not, an effective value dispute leads to short sale approval.

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Short sale standoffs: how to avoid getting hit

The short sale process can feel a lot like a wild west standoff, but there are ways to come out victorious, so let’s talk about those methods:



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short sales standoff

What is a short sale standoff?

If you are a short sale listing agent, a short sale processor, or a short sale negotiator then you probably already know about the short sale standoff. That’s when you are processing a short sale with more than one lien holder and neither will agree to the terms offered by the other. Or… better yet, each one will not move any further in the short sale process until they see the short sale approval letter from the other lien holder.

Scenario #1 – You are processing a short sale with two different mortgage-servicing companies. Bank 1 employees tell you that they will proceed with the short sale, and they will offer Bank 2 a certain amount to release their lien. You call Bank 2 and tell them the good news. Unfortunately, the folks at Bank 2 want more money. If Bank 1 and Bank 2 do not agree, then you are in a standoff.

Scenario #2 – You are processing a short sale with two different mortgage-servicing companies. Bank 1 employees tell you that they cannot generate your approval letter until you present them with the approval letter from Bank 2. Bank 2 employees tell you the exact same thing. Clearly, in this situation, you are in a standoff.

How to Avoid the Standoff

If you are in the middle of a standoff, then you are likely very frustrated. You’ve gotten pretty far in the short sale process and you are likely receiving lots of pressure from all of the parties to the transaction. And, the lenders are not helping much by creating the standoff.

Here are some ideas for how to get out of the situation:

  • Go back to the first lien holder and ask them if they are willing to give the second lien holder more money.
  • Go to the second lien holder and tell them that the first lien holder has insisted on a maximum amount and see if they will budge.
  • If no one will budge, find out why. Is this a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loan? If so, they have a maximum that they allow the second. And, if you alert the second of that information, they may become more compliant.
  • Worst case: someone will have to pay the difference. Depending on the laws in your state, it could be the buyer, the seller, or the agents (yuck). No matter what, make sure that this contribution is disclosed to all parties and appears on the short sale settlement statement at closing.
  • In Scenario #2, someone’s got to give in. Try explaining to both sides where you are and see if one will agree to generate their approval letter. If not, follow the tips provided in this Agent Genius article and take your complaint to the streets.

One thing about short sales is that the problems that arise can be difficult to resolve merely because of the number of parties involved—and all from remote locations. Imagine how much easier this would be if all parties sat at the same table and broke bread? If we all sat at the same table, then we wouldn’t need armor in order to avoid the flying bullets from the short sale standoff.

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Short sale approval letters don’t arrive in the blink of an eye

Short sale approval letters may look like they’ve been obtained simply by experts, but it takes time and doesn’t just happen with luck.



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Short sale approval: getting prepared, making it happen

People always ask me how it is that I obtain short sale approval letters with such ease. The truth is, that while I have more short sale processing and negotiating experience than most agents and brokers, I don’t just blink my eyes like Jeannie and make those short sale approval letters appear. I often sweat it, just like everyone else.

Despite the fact that I do not have magical powers, I do have something else on my side—education. One of the most important things than can lead to short sale success for any and all agents is education.

Experience dictates that agents that learn about the short sale process
have increased short sale closings.

Short sale education opportunities abound

There are many ways to become educated about the short sale process and make getting short sale approval letters look easy to obtain. These include:

  • Classes at your local board of Realtors®
  • Free short sale webinars and workshops
  • The short sale or foreclosure specialist designations

As the distressed property arena grows and changes, it is important to always stay abreast of policy changes that may impact how you do your job and how you process any short sale that lands on your plate.

The most important thing to do is to read, read, read. Follow short sale specialists and those who blog about short sales on AGBeat, Google+, facebook, and twitter. Set up a Google Alert for the term ‘short sale’ and you will receive Google’s top short sale picks daily in your email inbox. Visit mortgagor websites to read up on their specific policies and procedures.

Don’t take on too much

And, when you get a call from a prospective short sale seller, make sure that you don’t bit off more than you can chew. Agents in most of America right now are clamoring for listings since we are in the midst of a listing shortage. But, if you are going to take on a short sale, be sure that it is a deal that you can close. And, if you have your doubts, why not partner up with a local agent that can mentor your and assist you in getting the job done? After all, half a commission check is better than none!

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