Posted By Michael Valdes @ Nov 28th 2012 9:45am In: Short Sales

If you are a Tampa Bay FL homeowner, there has never been a time quite like today. Since the beginning of the foreclosure crisis, millions of Tampa homeowners have found themselves pinned in by their financial circumstances and chained to a Florida mortgage in which they are up-side-down. In the past, homeowners enduring these challenges had very few options, and most of them would either be forced to sell their Tampa home or lose it to foreclosure.

Today, however, there are more options. The government and the banks have created a multitude of programs and foreclosure alternatives (ex: HAFA, VA compromise sale) that can help people in these circumstances find a dignified solution for their problems without crippling their financial future. These options include loan modifications, refinancing, or short sales.

But what really makes today a unique time for distressed homeowners is one simple fact: Banks are now willing to give you cash to sell the home that you can't afford. You may be asking yourself: "Why would the bank be willing to pay me money?" and "How much money will they pay?"

Let's take a closer look. "Why would the bank be willing to pay me money?" This one is really simple. For the banks, it’s all about arithmetic. In a foreclosure, banks take the home from the homeowner and then sell it at auction. The banks get to keep the money they make at auction, but they also have to pay money on upkeep of the vacant property and expenses related to the sale. For other options, like a short sale, the bank is not responsible for selling or maintaining the house because it is still owned by the original homeowner and it is the homeowner’s responsibility to find a buyer for the home.

In almost every case, the final sale amount in a short sale is greater than the sale amount at a foreclosure auction. Because of this simple fact, short sales have become the preferred foreclosure alternative for the banks. This is why they are willing to offer the homeowner cash to short sale their home: even with a cash incentive, the bank still recovers more money in the long run and the homeowner is able to walk away from their financial situation with some cash in their pocket and the opportunity for a fresh start. “How much money will they pay?”

Lender Cash Incentives
Bank of America - $2,500 - $30,000
Wells Fargo - $3,000 - $20,000
Chase - Up to $35,000
Citi - Up to $35,000

Other smaller banks also have incentives, and there are even government programs (like HAFA and HAMP) that allow you to do a short sale and receive an incentive. The amount you receive depends on the value of your home and other determinations made by the bank, but today it is not uncommon for homeowners to receive thousands (or even tens of thousands!) of dollars, all while selling their home and avoiding foreclosure in a way that protects their future. The bottom line for homeowners in danger of losing their home is that you have options!

As a Tampa Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), I am uniquely qualified to talk to them about your options, to guide you through the process, help you take advantage of the incentives that are available, and to help you save your home from foreclosure. The clock is ticking, but there are more options available the sooner you start. The good news is you have already taken the first step. You are looking for the information that will help you change your situation. Take a look at my Tampa short sale info website and go through the reports. Write down your questions and then contact me today and schedule your free, confidential consultation.

Michael Valdes
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Keller Williams Realty

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