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Selling Your Home - What Can Go Wrong With Title and Lenders
If you're selling your home, there are going to be difficulties at some point in the transaction. Some problems can't be fixed. It's important to figure out whether yours are fixable or not. Then you can either fix them or move on and find another buyer. If it's priced appropriately, there's a buyer out there for virtually every property.
You get a call from the person searching the title to your property saying your first cousin once removed is shown as having a ten percent interest in the property. I hope you (and not just your lender) have title insurance.
If you don't, perhaps your cousin will sign a "quit claim deed" (or whatever similar term your jurisdiction uses) if her father was paid for his interest long ago, but nothing was recorded to that effect with the land records. If that doesn't work, perhaps your cousin will agree to join in the sale and receive ten percent of the proceeds.
Failing that, you're probably looking at a court proceeding. The sale will fall apart, and you'll have to start all over again once the problem of legal ownership has been resolved. Bummer. Before you put a property on the market, make sure your title is clear.
Lenders can really punch holes in a home sale. Let's look at a few examples.
The lender calls and says your garden shed is encroaching on your neighbor's property, while their fence is on yours. The lender won't fund the buyer's loan until everything is moved to where it belongs. Typically, the lender isn't going to back down. What are your options?
If you get along with your neighbor and can do the work yourself (or can afford to have it done), the problem can be quickly cured. I once saw a very creative resolution to this problem. The shed was on a utility right-of-way. The seller got the county to write a letter to the lender saying that if a shed weren't on a poured foundation (it wasn't) and could be moved on notice, then it wasn't considered an encroachment until/unless such a notice was sent.
The lender says your property will appraise for the amount needed for the loan so long as the following repairs are made. The list of repairs upsets you. Time to take a deep breath and think. How can you get them taken care of before settlement? Can you do them? Have them done? Would the buyer be willing to help out? Is this a deal to walk away from? Regardless of the answer, the key is to make a logical decision not an emotional one.
The lender's appraiser comes in with an appraisal that is below your agreed sales price. The lender is willing to lend based on the appraisal, not the previously agreed price.
There are several options for fixing this problem.
1. You can reduce your price to the appraisal price.
2. If the buyer wants your property enough and has enough money, he can pay a larger down payment and leave the purchase price the same.
3. The two of you can split the difference; you come down some, and he increases his down payment some.
4. Or, sadly, the deal can fall apart over this issue.
The real key to successfully dealing with problems is to stay calm, open minded, flexible, bottom line oriented, and think win/win. Most of the problems that occur do have solutions. We just need to look for them persistently.
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Purchasing International Real Estate
Interested in investing somewhere other than your back yard?Management companies have made it as easy to have a revenue property across the world as it is to have it across the street. You don't want to be collecting rents and plunging the toilets no matter WHERE it is!Different laws in different countries means some research is definitely in order.
Follow-Up - The Key To Successful Closings
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Easing Your Way Into Homeownership: A Guide To Low Down Payment Mortgage Programs
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Real Estate for Beginners: Residential Property Taxes
Whenever you own a piece of land, you will be taxed for it. Whether it is commercial property or residential property, there is still a tax to pay, whether it is for a village, town, city, county, or state.
Understanding Real Estate Terminology
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Buying Property in Bulgaria : How to Avoid Making A Bad Investment
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Condos Vs. Condo Hotels For Vacaton Home Ownership
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Buying Land Online
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The Secret to Maximum Real Estate Profits: Lighting
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Conversation & The Real Estate Investor
One key that makes investors is conversation or should I say "The Art Of Conversation".All successful investors are skilled in conversation and I'm not talking about the investors that does 10, 20 or even 30 deal a year! I'm talking about the "BTO" Big Time Operator; The Big Dog's slamming down 100 or more deals every year.
The Nose Knows
If you plan on getting the most from the sale of your home you better be sure it can pass the "sniff" test. Let's face it your home should smell good.
Listing Real Estate Online - Top Tactics for Boosting Sales
Listing real estate online can be a great way to let buyers know what is out there and it gives sellers a chance to show their home to people all over the world. However, the problem lies in the fact that most people still want to tour the home, inside and out, before buying it.
Be A Realtor With Curb Appeal
Are you a realtor with curb appeal or are you more of a fixer-upper needful of updating?How you present yourself to colleagues, buyers and sellers, from the very first moment, will influence your sales records as well as the confidence and satisfaction your new clients feel. Even if you're a Realtor in demand, with more listings than hours in a week, you may well find areas that you can polish.
Home Hunting and the Internet
So, it's home hunting time. Where do you start? Who do you contact? Well, home hunting has been made much easier with the advent of the Internet.
Prepare Your Property Like A Pro And Boost Profits
The housing market is hot, and you've decided to list your home. But what, if any, improvements should you tackle before selling? Should you just leave it all to the new homeowner?There are two ways to look at pre-sale home improvements.
Real Estate Professional in the Palm of Your Hand
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How Do I Implement The Lease Purchase Plan?
Well, as we have discussed in previous newsletters first you have to set up goals for yourself, both long term and short term. Don't forget these goals define how your business is run.
What is a Foreclosure?
A foreclosure is an action taken against a property owner by seizure of his/her real property. It can be for many reasons.
RESPA: The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) is a consumer protection statute, first passed in 1974. One of its purposes is to help consumers become better shoppers for settlement services.
Selling Your House - $100,000 Pets
Is your pet worth $100,000? It may be if you don't make accommodations for it when selling your home.A Hundred Thousand Dollar Pet?A house I'd seen with a potential buyer in an attractive neighborhood built around two lakes sold for $100,000 less than was typical for the neighborhood.
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