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Although with the estimate of 75% of our Las Vegas Homes under water, I still have clients calling me daily with questions about the basics of a short sale. How long does it take, how much will the bank pay, what is a hardship and how much will it cost me are the most common questions.

I’ll try to address each of these questions in order.

Of course it depends on the the individual situation and the bank, but with all of the new procedures in place with the banks, the process has been greatly streamlined.  If the owner has been pre-approved with HAFA, I have seen close of escrow within 45 of acceptance of offer. If the property is a second home or the owner is not occupying, it can take anywhere from 60 to 180 days from acceptance of offer to purchase.

How much will the bank pay is dependent on the owners assets, mainly what cash is on hand. If there is no cash, then it is unusual for the bank to request the seller to contribute any funds. They do not go into retirement accounts and I have not seen any requests for liquidation of assets in my four years of short sale experience.

If you are not able to afford to pay your mortgage, that is a hardship, if you have been transferred or there are any changes to your circumstances, that could constitute a hardship. A good Las Vegas short sale specialist can help you define your particular situation.

And lastly, how much will it cost? As an experienced short sale negotiator, it is our top priority to make the short sale process as affordable as possible, many homeowners have little or no cash on hand to pay for any expenses and we will ask the bank to pay for all expenses associated with the sale of the home, including the sales commission.

Navigating the short sale process can be a relatively simple process with the right agent in charge, it might be easier than you think. Call us today with any questions, we’re available!

Kathryn Bovard is experienced with the often lengthy and sometimes stressful Las Vegas short sale process. If you are contemplating a Las Vegas short sale, she can assist and navigate you through the entire process.   Call Kathryn direct at 702-348-7191 to schedule a short sale consultation today.

The short answer? Well in a recent Las Vegas Sun article economist and director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, Nasser Daneshvary, says he hopes so. Asked in an interview with Buck Wargo if banks were turning to short sales, Daneshvary responded, “There was good news until the end of November because short sales were increasing and foreclosure sales were declining. But December’s numbers showed foreclosures were higher. I think 2011 will be the year that short sales surpass foreclosures, but that’s optimistic.” Daneshvary recently finished a study on the effects of foreclosures and found that they have a devastating effect on neighborhoods to the tune of a 33% drop in value on homes.

But it’s not all bad news. When asked where Daneshvary sees home prices going in the future, he replies that he believes the price has bottomed out. So have we returned to 2004? Not exactly. The era that Daneshvary deems as “crazy price appreciation” is over. But buying a home is still a financially responsible move. Daneshvary goes on to state, “I think the whole attitude of households in the United States has changed. More and more people are accepting that having a house is not a quick investment. Having a house used to be called a long-term investment but even that’s gone. Having a house is a long-term savings.” And while saving may not sound as exciting as investing, it’s much less risky. In fact, with careful planning, it’s almost risk-less. It’s no secret that foreclosing on a home is bad news for the homebuyer, but Daneshvary’s recent study makes clear that when one of our neighbors goes under, we all take a hit.

If you are a Las Vegas area homeowner facing a possible foreclosure and wanting to learn more about your options, including a Las Vegas short sale, contact us today for a no obligation short sale consultation.

How common are housing bubbles? In a recent article from The New York Times, Robert J. Shiller, professor of economics and finance at Yale, explores the question of how common housing bubbles are, and what’s more, if we should expect another one soon.

Schiller argues that the most recent housing bubble and burst is unlike any other housing cycle in history, nationally or internationally. Prior to our current market, housing bubbles had been smaller and more regional. But by examining past booms and busts in the market, Shiller hopes to give us insight into our present situation as well as guidance for the next decade.

The 1970′s sets itself apart as the only decade in the early 20th century to have a bubble of national significance. The cause? An increasingly growing belief that the earth would not be able to sustain the growing population and in turn land would be in greater demand, thus raising its value. Then the Federal Reserve came down hard on credit in the U.S., bursting the bubble and leading to the recessions of the early 1980′s. Although there were scattered housing bubbles prior to this, they were infrequent, usually decades apart.  The larger bubbles, such as the farmland bubble that Schiller mentions, were also either infrequent or unprecedented, and many of these occurred in times of less regulation aimed at stopping bubbles.  This all  suggests that the current housing bubble will also be rare.

Ultimately Shiller maintains that given the history of land bubbles combined with the new policy restraints, a new housing bubble looks unlikely to happen again anytime soon.  Though it will take some time for the housing market to recover, the ultimate source of bubbles is the way the public thinks about a market.  With bubbles, the culprit is unfounded enthusiasm.  And since most people, Schiller says, view housing as an investment, we won’t likely hear any “pops” in the future.

If you are a Las Vegas area homeowner facing a possible foreclosure and wanting to learn more about your options – including a Las Vegas short sale, contact us today for a no obligation short sale consultation.

According to a recent survey conducted in August by the Nevada Association of Realtors, nearly one in four Nevada homeowners who went through foreclosure stated that they walked away from their mortgage despite their ability to pay. Surveyors interviewed 1,000 homeowners by telephone in August for the report, including 500 who had received at least one foreclosure filing during the previous year. The survey also found that most of these homeowners didn’t know about state and federal programs available to them, and those who did, found them unhelpful with only 3% helped in any way by by the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program.

Despite calling their decision to walk away from their mortgage as a strategic default, a good business decision advised to them by people they trusted, Linda Rheinberger, last year’s president of the Realtors association, disagrees. She claims agents should do more for homeowners to let them know what resources are available to them, perhaps like the $103 million allocated to Nevada through Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternative, a federal program created under the $700 billion bailout in 2008 that rescued banks, automakers and other institutions. ”It also reinforces our belief that lenders would do well to speak to their customers before foreclosing and to continue streamlining their short sale processes, since short sales are one viable alternative to foreclosures,” she said. With 65% of respondents reporting spending at least one-third of their income on housing when they received a notice, hard-working home owners do deserve to be made aware of all the alternative options that are available to them, like a short sale, for example.

If you are a Las Vegas area homeowner facing a possible foreclosure and wanting to learn more about your options, including a Las Vegas short sale, contact us today for a no obligation short sale consultation.


Las Vegas Short Sale Time Frame

Posted by: Kathryn Bovard | Comments (1)

One of the most often asked question that I get asked from Las Vegas homeowners who are thinking of short selling their home is “How long does it take?”

There are many variables such as condition of the home, pricing and location but once the seller has accepted an offer and that offer has been submitted to the bank for approval, the short sale time frame really depends on two things for the banks response time. Is it a delegated or non-delegated loan?

What this means is if it is a delegated file/loan the the bank has the ability to make a decision on the investor’s behalf without sending the investor a complete package for review. If it is a non-delegated file/loan then the bank cannot make the decision without a complete document review by the investor. The investor makes the decision in a non-delegated arrangement.

So basically the time frame for a short sale usually falls within the following:


Delegated loans:                                                      5 weeks

Non-delegated loans                                            12 weeks

Valuation stage                                                       1-3 weeks

Held stage or negotiations                                   4 weeks


Approval for delegated                                          2 weeks

Approval for Non-delegated                                4 weeks

Your Realtor or short sale negotiator will be able to determine from the bank asset manager what type of loan you have once a file has been opened.

Kathryn Bovard is experienced with the often lengthy and sometimes stressful Las Vegas short saleprocess.   If you are contemplating a Las Vegas short sale, she can assist and navigate you through the entire process. Call Kathryn direct at 702-348-7191 to schedule a short sale consultation today.

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