When you do a lot of short sales, every now and then you are going to run into a situation where a foreclosure happens and there is not much more you could have done to prevent that. Luckily that does not happen much, but when it does we like to tell about it here because there is usually a lesson to be learned.
We had Tempe condo we took the listing on earlier this year. When we took the listing, the condo development, Tempe Gardens, was FHA approved. We accepted an offer that was an FHA offer.
When we got the approval the buyer started to go through their loan process and we discovered that the Tempe Gardens had allowed their FHA certification to expire just a couple weeks before we got our approval and we now had an issue where we needed to get it recertified.
Now this is not an impossible task. The lender was working with us and the buyer to get this thing closed and we believed that we could do it. We made the request for paperwork from the HOA board at Tempe Gardens and they told us to talk to their management company. So the lender went to the management company who took forever to respond. Finally after many requests the management company sent over documentation. The problem was, it was only partially the documentation requested and even some of the documents they sent were not complete.
The management company told us they had provided everything they had from the HOA board at Tempe Gardens. So we went back to the HOA board and of course they once again said said talk to the management company. After many weeks of back and forth with both organizations, and calls from the angry homeowner who had paid close to $200/mo to this HOA board over the last few years, the buyer realized it was not going to happen.
We had been informing the servicer all along what was going on, and they had even granted us an extension to allow time to complete the process. But after dozens of hours, there was nothing we could do and the servicer nor the investor would allow us another extension and this condo, even though receiving approval for a short sale, went to foreclosure.
What should be really frustrating to the homeowners in Tempe Gardens is this unit was going to sell for $75,000 as a short sale is going to end up selling for much less than that as an REO property. Shouldn’t the HOA be helping to increase property values?
So I guess the lesson learned is not only check if your condo development is FHA approved when you take a listing, find out when it is expiring and if they are planning on renewing it.