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How Time Can Run Out On Your Santa Maria Short Sale

One of the worst things that distressed Central Coast homeowners do is waiting until the clock is ticking before contacting a short sale agent. When does the clock start ticking? I tell people it starts ticking when you stop paying. Ideally, if you know a financial hardship is imminent, you should begin exploring your options, including a short sale, before any payments are even missed. In its recent Open Letter on Short Sales, the California Association Realtors reports that according to surveyed California Realtors® only about three out of five short sales close.
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Nipomo Luxury Foreclosure Real Estate Update

Looking at the luxury real estate market in Nipomo California, there are currently 37 homes priced above $600,000 with an average list price of about $1,066,000 and 191 days on market, and a median asking price of $749,000. Looking at the Nipomo luxury foreclosure market, there were no active luxury foreclosure listings and there was one available short sale in Nipomo.
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Nipomo Homes Report – First Half of 2010

The average selling price in Nipomo for homes, PUDs and condos was $435,478 with 105 days on market and $219 per square foot paid. Looking at just single family homes during this same time period, the average was higher at $449,750 with 106 days on market and $224 per square foot paid. Average price for condos was $263,163 with 101 days on market and an average of $189 per square foot paid. Overall, sellers are receiving 97.8% of their asking price, and foreclosure sellers in Nipomo are receiving slightly over asking on average.
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Central Coast of California Short Sale Seller Tips

Short sales are common these days. Santa Maria has 255 active short sale listings, Lompoc lists 72 short sales on the market, Nipomo has 14, and Arroyo Grande also has 14 active short sales. The difficult part is obtaining “lender approval” which adds delays to the process. Because approvals attach to a specific buyer, it is vital to find a committed buyer for your short sale. Often lenders require the process to start over if the buyer abandons their offer. This can draw out the process even further. But it is important to note that short sale transactions are closing all over the Central Coast. In the month of December, 18 short sales closed in Santa Maria (2 of these were my listings), 2 in Lompoc, 2 in Nipomo, and 1 in Arroyo Grande.
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