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Here is the Most Recent Update for a Bank of America Short Sale

I attended another Bank of America short sale webinar yesterday. I was hoping for some breaking news but it was stuff I already knew. With the exception of one little piece of information that I bet most other agents didn't catch. And they didn't really say what they are going to do with that. I'm always searching for that little gem that teaches me something new.

Here are some of the highlights; then I'll get to the down-and-dirty part:

  • Single Point of Contact. The homeowner will now have an individual person to talk to at Bank of America. I suspect this is an attempt to stop conflicting pieces of information. You can call Bank of America and get one opinion. If you hang up and call back, you'll get a different story. Now you can get the wrong story from the same person over and over. Or not.
  • Postponing a Trustee's Sale. The bank wants to see an offer at least 45 days prior to auction. Don't dump your 11th hour desperate attempts to save a home from foreclosure on Bank of America.
  • Cooperative Short Sale and a HAFA Short Sale approval stop a foreclosure. Bank of America did not say the process stops a foreclosure; it said the approval stops the foreclosure.
  • Delegated vs. Non-Delegated. If the short sale is delegated, Bank of America can make the decision to accept the short sale. If it is non-delegated, the bank will need to get investor approval.
  • Specialized Negotiators. Bank of America has recognized the need to train negotiators how to do a Fannie Mae short sale and a Freddie Mac short sale. Requirements are different for both, and they are different than a traditional short sale.
  • A Cooperative Short Sale is different from a Proactive Short Sale. I look for signs that a seller will qualify for a cooperative short sale when I take my short sale listings. I really like working on the cooperative short sales and my sellers do, too. I wish we had the type of program offered in Florida in Sacramento, but it might come.
  • Home Transition Guide. This is the clincher. This is the website portal where I'm betting Bank of America will end up listing its short sale agents under community service referrals. I'm wondering how to get myself listed as a Sacramento short sale agent. I sell in a four-county area: Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado Hills and Yolo. I have team members to service our buyers.

Hey, Bank of America, get in touch with me. Send me a text message or a Tweet. Next to a Wachovia short sale, you are my favorite short sale bank in Sacramento! I recently bought stock in Bank of America! I close a lot of Bank of America short sales!

Do you want to know how many short sales Bank of America has done over the past few years? Here are the stats I picked up from the webinar:

  • 2009 Bank of America short sales: 42,000
  • 2010 Bank of America short sales: 93,000 to 94,000. I don't know why there is a 1,000 variance.
  • 2011 estimated Bank of America short sales: More than 100,000
  • 2012 Bank of America short sale goal: 60% over 2011, which means 160,000. Or a 380% increase over 3 years ago.

If you are a seller wondering about doing a short sale in the Sacramento area, call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916 233 6759. I close more Bank of America short sales in Sacramento than any other type of short sale. Believe me, Bank of America wants to approve your short sale, and I am here to get you there.


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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Thanks for the notes & update.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 6 years ago

Elizabeth - Thanks for the update and your insight.  I have an offer in on a BofA short sale and we're waiting for approval. 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 6 years ago

Hey Lyn: You want to know about Bank of America? Come over and sit down next to me.

Hi Norma: Wishing you speedy success with your Bank of America short sale. They are so much faster now and organized.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 6 years ago

The single point of contact has already started with two our BofA short sales.  My partner said our client kept saying "someone keeps calling me".  I brought her up to date about the one point of contact.  I have to admit, I never even thought about the resource guide for agents......ummmmmm.  Now if they can whip UTLS and AMS in shape. 

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) about 6 years ago

Hi Elizabeth, This is timely. I have a question for you. From the time you upload your signed client auth, how long typically does B of A take to make contact with you through Equator ?

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 6 years ago

Hi Melanie: Now, if Bank of America can just figure out how to shut off its other points of contact, we'll be ahead of the game. I have a client whose file keep popping up "borrower outreach," and she calls to reject HAFA and then it pops back up again. Yesterday, she received a HAFA package in the mail from Bank of America. Her lawyer is negotiating this or I would have escalated that file a long time ago.

Hi William: From the time a file is initiated in Equator, it can take anywhere from immediately to 72 hours before contact is made.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) about 6 years ago

I too, list and Close my own Short Sales here in Palm Springs Valley, Calif.  I agree that my favorite has become B of A.  I'm over 4 years into working these deals, and they were the WORST in the beginning, but have become the best.  But shouldn't they?  They own most of the mortgages, and are only thinking of their bottom they should be, right?  Great post!

Posted by Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN! (HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578) about 6 years ago

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