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Do you understand the benefits of buying a short sale?

As you shop for the perfect home, you will come across a variety of properties. Furthermore, some are being sold in the traditional manner while others come with some "baggage."

Many prospective buyers are scared away by the thought of purchasing a short sale. While there is a lot to learn, you should become familiar with the pros and cons before you decide against this.

Before you do anything, make sure you fully understand how a short sale works. This is when lenders allows homeowners to sell a property for less than what they owe. Most lenders will not agree to this unless the owners can prove some type of hardship, such as serious medical issue or job loss. Of course, this is not your concern.

From a buyer's point of view, there are many reasons to consider a short sale. Above all else, the seller may be in a hurry to make a deal. For this reason, they could agree, with the blessing of the bank, to a lower price. The ability to find a bargain, if you play your cards right, is the primary advantage of a short sale when compared to a more conventional sale.

As somebody interested in buying a home, you never know what you will run into along the way. Keep an open mind, as purchasing a short sale could be in your best interest from a financial perspective. If you decide to do this, make sure you are familiar with the process, while also getting all the professional assistance you require.

Source: About Home, "The Upside to Buying a Short Sale," accessed May. 13, 2015

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