Writing a Killer Short Sale Offer in Sacramento


Sacramento Short Sales have exploded!

Sac Placer ED Counties Short Sales 03 19 10
Sac Placer ED Counties Short Sales 03 19 10

If you want to buy a home in the Sacramento area; you’d better get honed up on Short Sales! In some Sacramento area neighborhoods, short sales represent way over 75% of the inventory of active homes for sale.  Short sales are getting easier to close and Short Sales are going pending much faster now too.  As our Sacramento real estate market evolves; short sales will continue to be approved faster, smoother and more efficiently.  Buying any home that represents a great deal in our market is not easy.  Well priced homes are selling with multiple, many times over asking price offers, whether it is a short sale, REO or equity sale; buyers all appreciate value and want a great deat. Sacramento real estate has become just as competitive as the hottest of sellers markets the area has ever seen.  So as Sacramento area short sales become less of a  ‘crap shoot’ and more of a legitimate, clearly defined and organized part of our market it is becoming more and more of an art form to write a  killer short sale offer.

Sacramento Short Sale sellers and their agent’s know that the final decision is being made by the bank and that there is no real reason to counter an offer when it comes in, but well priced short sales will generate multiple offers that will give the sellers and their agents the opportunity to ‘sort through’ and pick the offer most likely to close.  That’s the offer you want to write; an offer that represents the best chance to be be perceived as THE  winning offer from the seller, one that will compel the seller to believe that  are willing to hang with it and wait for an answer; even if it takes several months. Your offer should be written in a way the bank will have no reason to counter it and that will be easily accepted by the bank.

One way to be taken seriously as a buyer is to agree that your deposit be cashed and the money be held in escrow for up to ninety days.

 Here is a link to offer instructions and our custom  addendum that can be found on one of our great sister sites;            realestate-sacramento.net that helps agents writing offers on our short-sales to write the best offer for their clients;

  Forth Hoythas dedicated himself to helping distressed property owners. He has spend hundreds of hours learning from the pre-foreclosure experts and has obtained several designations in this field.  In an effort to offer his clients the best possible results with their short sale transaction…

More questions?

Contact us Today At Forth Hoyt’s Sacramento Short Sale Center

At The Hoyt Group, we have implemented the the following procedures 

 Tips How to Submit a (Good, Clean) Short Sale Offer 


1)      Include our customized version of the CAR Short Sale Addendum

2)      Include an As-is Addendum with your offer

3)      On page 1 of the contract

              1.D   Close of Escrow 45 days or sooner after 3rd party approval

                                 (see SS Addendum) where it ask for COE Date

              2.C (2)   Be sure and “check” FHA or VA if your buyers loan is

                                       a FHA or VA loan. 

             2.D   If requesting closing costs assistance please do so on

                                 these lines, in this format.  “Seller’s lender shall credit

                                 Buyer “X” dollar amount of “X” percent of sales price

                                 towards Buyer’s closing cost including but not limited to

                                 the costs of items 4.A – 4.E on page 2 of the contract.”

4)   Page 2 of the contract

                         4.A  (1) Most banks will pay for Pest Inspection, However,

                                       they will not pay for any  Section 1 repairs. 

                         4.B  (1-5) With the exception of Chase, most banks will pay for

                                           these inspections. Not Repairs.

                         4.C  (1-2) Most Banks will pay for these Government


                         4.D  (1-2)  Please mark all closing costs as being paid for by

                                            the Buyer. (we’ll address how to ask for those

                                           appropriately on page 1 if the Buyer needs

                                           closing costs assistance)

                         4.E   (1-2)  Please mark paid by Buyer. These cost can be

                                            added into Buyers closing costs.

                         4.E   (3-4)  Most banks will pay all fees associated with


                         4.E   (5-6)  Do not request the bank to pay for a home

                                             warranty. If the buyer would like a home

                                            inspection, mark “Buyer to Pay”.

5)  Page 3 of the contract

                         8.B   (1-5)  Unless included in the MLS listing, all personal

                                             property items are not included in the sale.

6)  Page 6 of the contract

                         25.E   Add Short Sale Addendum and Addendum A.


Be the first one there, write a good, clean offer!


More questions?

Contact us Today At Forth Hoyt’s Sacramento Short Sale Center

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