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St Petersburg Short Sales | Short Sale as a “strategic” move?

A lot of people have not heard that word before but then again, a lot of people actually do a strategic Short Sale here in St Petersburg.

handsThese are the people that still have a job, their finances are still in order but they are very frustrated that their property value has gone down so much over the last few years. In 2007 they bought a home for $800,000, paid $100,000 down and financed $700,000 at 7% interest only. Now at the end of 2011 their house is worth $500,000 they pay $5000 each month in mortgage, taxes and insurance alone.

These St Petersburg homeowner just don’t see how they can ever repay their mortgage or even recover the $100,000 down payment. They have tried to apply for a loan modification but the Bank just laughed at them, they have tried to refinance to get a lower interest rate but of course no bank would touch them and on top of everything else they see the lenders like Bank of American is offering St Petersburg homeowners up to $20,000 in cash if they do a Short Sale in St Petersburg.

Something is fundamentally wrong with our system and these people just have had it.  Yes, their credit rating  will go down for a little while, but than again, what do you really need a good credit rating for in this economy.

A good credit rating used to be worth a lot but now a days ?  So, we actually see a lot of strategic Short Sales in St Petersburg especially with Properties over $300,000. Pick up the phone now and call us at  727 410 7777. No strings attached, we make an appointment and talk aboutbuying or selling a St Petersburg Short Sale and the options you have.       We are St Petersburg Short Sale Agents and are glad to assist you.

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St Petersburg Short Sales | Short Sale as a “strategic” move?

St Petersburg Short Sales | Weigh all you options carefully before filing bankruptcy

We are St Petersburg Short Sale Agents  and we get the question often “do you think I should do a Short Sale or simply file for bankruptcy with my St Petersburg home?

Short Sales in  St petersburg | cash investorWell, if it was us, we would do a Short Sale anytime over a bankruptcy and depending on the outcome of the Short Sale you might not even need to file for bankruptcy anymore.

It might sound like a tough questions to some people, to us  it isn’t. Please keep in mind, we are  Short Sale Realtors here in St Petersburg and not  Lawyers  or Accountants, so we cannot give you legal advice but PLEASE check with your Accountant and a Short Sale Lawyer before you file for bankruptcy.

See, it doesn’t have to be the one or the other.  Of course, if you get your advice from a bankruptcy Lawyer, there is a very high possibility that they recommend a bankruptcy because they will not get paid if you don’t.  Please keep this in mind when you make a decision.

We always recommend talking to a St Petersburg Short Sale Realtor before making any decision. Ask all your questions, talk about your options, understand the Short Sale process and only then can you make an educated decision.

A Short Sale is not a walk in the park but it is not a horror story either.  We have had a lot of clients over the last few years that were every scared about their St Petersburg Short Sale but in the end they all said that it was easier than they thought and all were happy that we helped them through this tough time.

Call us today 727 410 7777 and make an appointment, you will see how much better you already feel after talking to a professional that knows the St Petersburg real estate market and that knows Short Sales.

St Petersburg Short Sales | Weigh all you options carefully before filing bankruptcy

Can I Do a  Short Sale?
A homeowner will choose to sell a home as a short sale if the home’s value is less than what he or she still owes the bank on mortgage. Lenders will generally accept to take a loss on short sales since they incur more losses on foreclosed homes in their portfolios.

The Basics of a  Short Sale
In a short sale, you sell your Treasure Island home for less than what you owe the lender. If you have a second mortgage or home equity line of credit, then more than one lien holder can be involved in the short sale and you have to wait for both lenders to agree to take a loss on the sale. Your Treasure Island short sale depends greatly on the bank or lender’s approval and you have to learn to wait patiently for their approval, which could sometimes take months.

Characteristics of a Short Seller
Sellers of short sale homes usually owe a large mortgage or multiple mortgages, because they refinanced or borrowed against their Treasure Island home and got loans at temporarily low interest rates. Sellers are often anxious to get out of volatile loan arrangements, which significantly increased their payments and made it unaffordable. Most sellers of short sales also obtained loans at low or no-down payment schemes, meaning the loan covered almost all, if not the entire sale price of the home. If you have experienced one of these cases, then your loan is most likely underwater and you may qualify for a short sale.

Financial Hardship
As a short seller, you must first be able to prove your financial hardship as the main reason why you can no longer make your mortgage payments. You may qualify for a short sale for the following reasons which are considered as financial hardship:
• loss of employment
• salary reduction or reduction of hours
• serious illness of the borrower or a family member that adds up to the monthly expenses
• death of spouse
• divorce
• relocation for a job
Lenders may accept other reasons if they are beyond your control. The key to proving your financial hardship is providing a detailed hardship letter, supporting documents, and a list of expenses showing that your monthly obligations are greater than your current sources of income.
Specific Requirements
Generally, lenders require that your total monthly obligations make up about 50% of your gross income in order to prove your financial hardship. You should also have a debt-to-income ratio of above 36%, which is the healthy debt-load. You should also be at least 30 days behind on your mortgage and are not qualified for a loan modification. A loan modification changes some terms in your loan to make your payments more affordable. It also requires a financial hardship and proof that you can afford the new lower payments.
If you feel you are qualified for a short sale or want to know if you are, you can call us and speak to our St. Petersburg short sale agents to get their help and advice.

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You are not alone, Short Sales in Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach | Zip 33706

A lot of our Short Sale sellers are worried about things like, “What is the neighbor going to say? What will my friends think? What if people at work find out? How am I going to tell the rest of my family?

If you are in financial trouble, have lost a job, facing divorce, or your house is totally under water and the prices won’t come back to where you need them for a few years, you should be thinking about listing your home as a Short Sale.

This is one of the few times in life when it doesn’t matter what friends, family or neighbors think. This is all about you and your financial future. Trust me, you are not alone, we have all been in though spots in li\fe and we just need to do whatever it takes to get out of the situation and move on.

A Short Sale for your home or condo in St Petersburg might be the answer. Do not worry about anybody else, YOUR life is on the line.

See the list below, you are not alone. Many homeowners here in St. Petersburg had to make this difficult decision and there is no shame in trying to get out of a bad situation and get a fresh start.

Call us today 727 410 7777  We will explain the Short Sale process to you in detail and I promise you will feel much better after you heard all the information. No strings attached.

  You are not alone, Short Sales in Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach | Zip 33706  

Subdivision WF Pool Gar/Car Prop Style Sq Ft Heated BR Full Baths List Price
Isle of Palms Y Private 3 Car Garage Single Family Home 3,508 3 3 $790,000
BELLE VISTA POINT 2ND ADD Y Private 1 Car Garage Single Family Home 1,644 3 2 $789,000
SUNSET VISTAS CONDO HOTEL ON THE GULF CONDO Y Private, Community None Condo-Hotel 1,740 3 3 $449,000
Capri Isle Y None 2 Car Garage Single Family Home 1,954 2 2 $425,000
SILVER SANDS BEACH AND RACQUET CLUB THREE CONDO Y Community, Private 1 Car Garage Condo 2,070 2 2 $400,000
Intrepid condo Y Private, Community None Condo 1,191 2 2 $349,000
GULF 5000 ASSOC INC CONDO Y Community 1 Car Garage Condo 1,420 2 2 $289,900
STARLIGHT TOWER INC CO OP (UNRECORDED) Y None, Community None Co-op 645 1 1 $265,000
VLG OF PARADISE ISLAND PH I CONDO Y Community 1 Car Garage Condo 1,750 2 2 $264,900
CAPRI LAGOON UNIT V CONDO Y None 1 Car Garage Townhouse 1,260 2 2 $250,000
VLG OF PARADISE ISLAND PH I CONDO N Private, Community 2 Car Garage Townhouse 2,025 3 2 $250,000
CAPRI HARBOR CONDO N None 1 Car Garage Condo 1,450 2 2 $239,900
BEAU MONDE CONDO Y Community None Condo 1,505 2 2 $233,275
SOUTH BEACH CONDO HOTEL Y Private None Condo 623 1 1 $204,999
JACARANDA BEACH VILLAS CONDO Y Community None Condo-Hotel 300 1 1 $199,900
GULF STRAND RESORT CONDO N Private, Community 1 Car Carport Condo 740 1 2 $190,000
LAGOON LANE CONDO N Community 1 Car Garage Condo 1,110 2 2 $189,000
CONSTELLATION THE CONDO Y Community None Condo 1,175 2 2 $180,000
NORMANDY PINELLAS CONDO Y None, Community 1 Car Carport Condo-Hotel 425 1 1 $175,000
BELLEVISTA BEACH 3RD ADD N None 1 Car Carport Single Family Home 1,080 3 2 $170,000
BELLEVISTA BEACH 5TH ADD N None 1 Car Garage Single Family Home 1,392 2 2 $169,900
SOUTH BEACH CONDO HOTEL Y Community Under Building Condo-Hotel 623 1 1 $169,290
JACARANDA BEACH VILLAS CONDO Y Community None Condo-Hotel 535 1 1 $169,000
CAPRI MNR CONDO Y None 1 Car Carport Condo 697 1 1 $164,900
POINTE CAPRI ADULT CONDO Y Community None Condo 670 1 1 $131,000
GULF WINDS APTS CONDO N Private, Community None Condo 780 2 1 $130,000
EL CERRITO CONDO N None None Condo 620 2 1 $129,900
THREE PALMS POINTE CONDO N Community None Condo 1,240 2 2 $120,500
PARKSIDE CONDO N None, Community None Condo 630 2 1 $69,900
CAREFREE APARTMENTS CONDO N None None Condo 580 1 1 $69,900
YUM YUM TREE THE CONDO N None Under Building Condo 489 1 1 $65,000

 St Petersburg Short Sales | Why won’t I qualify?

St Petersburg Short Sales, why won’t I qualify?  Well, how do you know?

There are all kinds of myth and rumors and false information going around when it comes to Short Sales.  Where did you get your information? Who did you get it from? A St Petersburg Short Sale Real Estate Agent or a Short Sale Lawyer OOOR was it just all the “stuff” you heard from friends, read in the newspaper and watched on TV?

If you are thinking about doing a Short Sale on your St Petersburg home or condo, talk to the experts. This is a tough, frustrating and depressing time for you and you need the help of true professionals, not the good will of friends. It is important that you talk to people who are involved in Short Sales on a daily base. Things change all the time and what was true 3 month ago might not be true today.

Talk to a local Short sale Realtor first and he or she will tell you who to talk to next. It is important to start the short sale process with a clear plan of action in mind. You have to have all your paperwork in order. You need to write a hardship letter and on goes the list. With an expert Realtor on your site a short sale is not scary !

Pick up the phone now and call us at  727 410 7777. No strings attached, we make an appointment and talk about a Short Sales and the options you have, do not get discouraged by all the “stuff” you hear.

St Petersburg Short Sales | Why won’t I qualify?

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Short Sales in zip code 33706 Treasure Island St. Pete Beach.

Short Sale St Petersburg

Here in Pinellas county we currently have 31 properties listed as short sales in zip code 33706, which is Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach.

I am mentioning this because we have a lot of Short Sale buyers that think only small homes or condos in St. Petersburg are Short Sales and all of them are surprised to find out that the “beaches” meaning the little beach towns like Treasure Island, St. Pete beach, Madeira Beach, Tierra Verde, Indian Rocks, Indian Shores, Redington beach North Redington etc are also affected by the economy  and people had to list their home or condo as a Short Sale.

Currently the lowest asking price for a Short Sale on the Barrier Islands here in Pinellas County is $92,000 for a 2 bedroom 1 bath 680 sf. condo at Parksite and the highest listed Short Sale is a 3 bedroom 3 bath3 car garage single family home with 2940 sf on Boca Ciega dr.

We have Short Sales in neighborhoods like Bella Vista, Isle of Palms, Isle of Capri, Village of paradise, Sunset Chateau and on goes the list.

This year alone and it is only 2/20/12 9 Short Sale listings have closed in zip code 33706 and another 51 listings are currently under contract and supposed to close within the next few month.

So, the answer is yes, there are Short Sale deals on the Barrier Islands in zip code 33706 Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach.

Call or e mail us if you have questions or need more information or want to list your house or condo as a Short Sale. 727 410 7777

Short Sales in zip code 33706 Treasure Island St. Pete Beach.

 

 

St. Petersburg Short Sales | you never know what to expect from the lender

We are tempted to say “We have seen it all” but I know there will be anther St. Petersburg Short Sale situation soon  where the bank manages to flabbergast us.

Stressed Over MoneyThese lender just never stop to amaze us and after years of doing Short Sales here in St Petersburg  we  can honestly say “never a dull moment”

We have had a Short sale situation in St Petersburg with 3 mortgages and 3 different lenders and it closed within 7 month, then we have had a St Petersburg Short Sale with only one mortgage one bank and it took 10 month to finally sell the house.

We have seen a bank declining an offer for $200,000 and the same buyer made another offer about 6 month later from 460,000 and the bank accepted it.

We have seen a bank forgive $400,000 on a St Petersburg Short Sale listings and the SAME bank refused to forgive $30.000 on anther Short sale listing in St. Petersburg.

We have resubmitted a Short sale file to Bank of America 4 times because the first 3 times they lost it somewhere.

We have seen 5 different bank negotiators working on the same file and nobody knew what the other was saying or doing. On the other hand we had a St. Petersburg Short Sale listing with Chase bank and it took 3 month for the bank to assign one negotiator.

Here in St Petersburg we have seen different banks forgive the mortgage balance on a second home or investment property and other will not agree to a Short Sale if they do not get a small cash contributing from the Short sale seller or a note from the seller.

What all this mean to St Petersburg Short sale sellers, homeowners that are thinking about a Short Sale is

You simply have to try. You never know what is going to happen but you need to take the first step and call a St Petersburg Realtor that specializes in Short Sales. All the above sounds like a lot of drama and you are already stress out enough but, with the right Short sale Realtor on you site you can get it done.

There are a lot of road blog from banks when it comes to a Short Sale process here in St. Petersburg but in the end, nearly all of them go to closing and you have a happy buyer and seller.

As always, give us a call today 727 410 7777 if yu want to list you property in St. Petersburg

Click here to see the current Short Sale listings in Pinellas County

St. Petersburg Short Sales | you never know what to expect from the lender