By Lynn Minnick
Although I’ve been in real estate for 10 years now, I just closed on my first HUD foreclosure. We haven’t had that many in my market (yet!) and so far I’ve somehow managed to avoid them. I almost fell out of my chair at the closing when the HUD attorney handed me a survey to complete regarding my experience selling the property! Really? I had a lot to say about not getting answers from the transaction management company when I asked, but mostly my beef was with the additional expenses incurred by the buyer.
1. When the information lists a repair escrow, it’s not the same as you’d think. In this case, it meant the buyer has to mortgage the amount listed ($2,000 in our example) which is held in escrow by their lender, and paid out to the contractor upon completion after the closing. This was unclear to me, the buyer, the lender and the attorney involved. There really should be some type of disclosure/explanation attached regarding this on the offer documents or somewhere in the paperwork.
2. In the case of a condo, as mine was, HUD does not provide resale packages. At $100 a pop, this was another surprise expense to the buyer, and there is no clause for condo document review. There was no ability to add such a clause either.
3. Not only are there no keys to the property, which of course I expected, but there was no remote garage door opener, and no mailbox key. (Looking back, I suppose none of that should have come as a surprise – we imagined we’d be able to get an extra mailbox key from the association – that wasn’t the case – the buyer has to install a new lock there as well. That’s more of an annoyance than an expense.) Continue reading »
By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic
When people question whether you’re old enough to have the expertise necessary to successfully represent them in a real estate transaction (We know you’re shocked!), prove you’re just as much of an expert on home values as any real estate vet: Just take advantage of the REALTOR® Content Resource, the new tool powered by HouseLogic where your NAR membership entitles you to download free homeownership content for your consumer Web site, blog, or e-newsletter.
Start with May’s “Weekend Warrior” bundle, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. Encourage buyers and sellers to take advantage of Memorial Day sales by picking up the materials they need to stop wasting standby power, or the $100 lost annually because of electronics’ standby settings. Among the tips you’ll get at the REALTOR® Content Resource:
Buy a portable energy meter. The first step in recovery is admitting there’s a problem. For $22-$100, your clients can buy a device to measure how much it costs to operate everything from their refrigerator to their computer on full blast and on standby. Big culprits: high-definition and standard cable TV boxes, computers, and VCRs. Continue reading »