Short Sales Approval may be Reduced to 45 days or Less-Jacksonville FL

By April 22, 2011Traditions Property Blog

Florida Realtors are pushing for a short sale bill to drastically reduce the acceptance period for lenders- 45 days or less.  The current guiedline is losely described as 60-120 days.

Florida Realtors pushed for short sale bill

WASHINGTON – April 21, 2011 – U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan legislation last week to speed short sales by requiring lenders to decide whether to accept an offer within 45 days.

“This bill addresses the biggest obstacle for homebuyers and owners in short sale situations,” says Patricia Fitzgerald, president of Florida Realtors and a key contact to Rooney, who lives in Tequesta, Fla.

“We’ve worked with The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and through Patti as the FPC (Federal Political Coordinator) since last August or so,” says John Sebree, Florida Realtors vice president of public policy. “This federal legislation is one of the goals of our short sale work group.”

H.R. 1498 – the “Prompt Decision for Qualification for Short Sale Act of 2011” – will bring the processing time for short sale price approvals in line with the time required for other types of real estate deals by mandating a quicker response from the lender – at most 45 days after submitting the request for short sale approval.

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“Due to the economic crisis, the number of short sales in Florida is rising, but lenders haven’t always been able to keep pace,” says Rooney. “By requiring lenders to make decisions on short sales within 45 days, this legislation would speed transactions and help prevent homes from going into foreclosure.”

© 2011 Florida Realtors®