Everyone will agree that short sale approval letters are really hard to come by. Most everyone who reads this will also agree that they take far too long to obtain, and obtaining them frequently can be worse than pulling teeth.
At Short Sale Expeditor®, our San Diego and California Short Sale Negotiators receive an average of two lien holder approval letters per day. We process hundreds of short sales, so something is always coming in. And, every time, without fail, we do the happy dance upon receipt. And then . . . we begin to read . . . and something invariably happens:
- The buyer’s name is not correct or it is misspelled.
- The seller’s name is incorrect or misspelled.
- The letter is dated for 2012.
- The date that the deal must close is tomorrow.
- The net amount to the short sale lender is incorrect
and so on . . . and so on . . . and so on.
It’s possible that many of these short sale approval letter errors occur because the employee at the bank opens up an old Microsoft Word document and just cuts and pastes in the new information. S/he never rereads the letter or checks it against the file.
So, the next time you receive a short sale approval letter, don’t forget this best short sale negotiation tip: always check the short sale approval letter very carefully before shouting “I heave approval” from the nearest rooftop!