5 Reasons Your Short Sales Will NEVER Close

Some today experts are saying that only 1 out of 10 short sales reach successful conclusion. Yet others say that 1 out of every 4 close escrow. Regardless a 10% to 25% success ratio is pathetic no matter what your business is!

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The national statistics are bad, really bad and that’s just for existing non distressed home sales. The numbers are even worse when it comes to short sales.

Some experts today are saying  that only 1 out of 10 short sales reach a successful conclusion. Yet others say that 1 out of every 4 close escrow.  Regardless a 10% to 25% success ratio is pathetic no matter what your business is! Because my expertise is in Short Sales I find myself frequently being asked the question “Why do many short sales never close?” and this is what I tell them;

My Top 5 Reasons Your Short Sales Won’t Close

1) Unrealistic Buyer Expectations

Somewhere along the way, Buyers got it in their heads that short sales are the end all, be all score of the century. Often I receive calls from out-of-state investors and Buyers who all make similar comments – “Yeah… I had a cousin who bought a $300,000 condo as a short sale for only $50,000”. First, I would refute that the condo was ever worth $300,000.  Perhaps in Florida, Nevada, Arizona or California, you might be able to pick up a condo for $50,000 when at once it was sold for $200,000. But outside the anomalous cities, you just don’t score those deals – not in the Raleigh/Durham/Apex/Cary areas of North Carolina.

Comments

  1. […] They do work out, at least some of them. Nationally, I’ve heard that the success rate of short sales is between 10% and 30%. That’s a big spread, but any way that you cut it, many short sales are doomed from the start. There are many, many reasons why short sales never get approved – with one of the top reasons being inexperienced real estate agents. […]

  2. There is a right way and a wrong way to handle a short sale as a real estate broker. The right way leads to success but requires a significant amount of work which involves among many other things, educating the home sellers, staying in constant contact with the right people at the bank…and never giving up. Only the true professionals will embrace the “do what it takes” attitude to stay focused on helping the home seller and ensure this type of transaction closes. I certainly agree that personal experience is the best teacher!

    Marc Iafrate, MBA
    Capital City Real Estate Group – Keller Williams Realty
    (919) 886-7355