Is it just me or is everyone a Short Sale Expert in the Santa Clarita Valley. Maybe they are not “All” Santa Clarita Short Sale Experts. Maybe they are using that term because people are typing it into Google and they want the business.
I have outlined a few ways to find out if the agent you are going to hire to handle your short sale is an expert – Here are the top 5:
– How many short sales have they personally negotiated during the last year? Can they give you references of who they have sold homes, condo’s or town-homes short for?
– Have they hired a full time negotiator on their “direct staff” – On their own business payroll. (be careful in getting the answer to this one – some hire negotiators and say they are on their “staff” but they are not truly part of their direct staff, working in one of their offices, using their phone line and computers – check twice)
– Are they set up with paperwork and request packages for the different banks? Example, for Citi there are going to be specific requests on their paperwork – these packages should be put together if the agent you are hiring is really an expert – they have built their business around short sales.
– Are they training other agents on the handling of short sales? Did they receive certifications or training themselves? CDPE – etc.
– Are they teaching what to watch out for on-line within their blogs and do they have a committed platform where they are constantly writing and educating the short selling public on the short sale process and the changes in the law concerning the short sale dealing?
Once you separate the wheat from the tares – you will know more about the agent you are dealing with in the handling of your Santa Clarita short sale. Be Safe – hire the best you can find and interview more than a few agents before hiring one. If you don’t to anything else – do this step – interview multiple realtors to find the best fit.