Does your short sale real estate agent know how to prepare a HUD-1?

In a standard real estate transaction, the HUD-1, also called a settlement statement, doesn’t appear until just prior to closing.

This document, usually prepared by the escrow officer, shows the financial accounting on both sides of a real estate transaction. It lists all the costs on both the buyer and seller sides, and is used as a guide in dispersing funds after the sale has closed.

But that’s not the case for a HUD-1 in a short sale.

The HUD-1 has to be prepared and submitted to the lender’s asset manager along with the short sale request. Why? Because a short sale lender won’t agree to the selling price until they know exactly how many dollars they will net from the sale.

Unfortunately, many real estate agents don’t have the experience to accurately anticipate all the costs that can crop up during escrow – and don’t know how to prepare a HUD-1 for a short sale even if they did. After all, the HUD-1 preparation isn’t part of their duties in a non-distressed sale.

That lack of knowledge often leads to the failure of the short sale.

If the HUD-1 is improperly prepared and unexpected costs crop up after the lender has agreed to a short sale, the transaction will halt and go right back to the negotiating stage.

That means another long delay and often leads the buyer to cancel the contract. Even worse, it can add enough time for a pending foreclosure to be finalized.

The HUD-1 is just one of the reasons why home sellers should always choose a listing agent with the experience and know-how to handle a short sale. If an agent doesn’t understand it and doesn’t follow the correct procedure, attempting a short sale can end in foreclosure.

I do understand short sales and I do know how to prepare a HUD-1. In fact, I’ve successfully closed 98% of the short sale listings I’ve taken in the past 10 years.

Short sales aren’t fast or easy. But they’re not impossible, and they don’t need to take a year to close. You just need an experienced agent who knows how to deal with the banks in a manner that gains their cooperation.

So if you’re thinking of short selling a home in California, get in touch. I’ll be glad to explain how a San Diego short sale works and answer all your questions.

To reach me just call 619-929-1413 or write td@tomdunlap.com.


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