If you are trying to sell your house, you may be finding that it is more difficult than you had expected… especially if your house has any repairs needed that buyers just don’t want to deal with.
In this article we’ll dive into some of the devastating consequences of foreclosure in San Antonio for house sellers.
Let’s Start Getting To Understand Foreclosure
Foreclosure occurs when a homeowner is no longer able to make mortgage payments as required. This allows the lender to seize the property, removing the homeowner and selling the home, as stipulated in the mortgage contract.
If you miss a few mortgage payments, your mortgage servicer will probably send a letter or two reminding you to get caught up, as well as call you to try to collect the payments. It can be easy to send the calls to voicemail and let those letters fall into the junk mail pile but don’t ignore them. This is your opportunity to discuss loan mitigation options and try to discover an agreement like loan modification, a short sale, forbearance, or an updated payment plan that helps you avoid foreclosure.
Local San Antonio House Buyers Have Lots Of Options For Houses But Fewer Options For Financing
There are floods of homes on the market, and thanks to the economic turmoil in recent past (and still going on in some areas), some types of houses just aren’t selling as fast as they were 5 years ago… while the “sweet spot” type of house (3 bedroom 2 bath in the middle to lower-middle price range) are selling at a good clip.
Part of it is because lending guidelines have changed since the housing collapse so fewer buyers are out there for some homes… there are still stockpiles of foreclosed houses in San Antonio that keep trickling into the market from banks… and buyers are more choosy than they were in years past because many of them have learned that you can no longer buy a house and bank on the fact that it will appreciate a 3%+ a year in value.
If you are a seller in this market, you may be becoming discouraged and wonder how you can just sell your San Antonio house fast, right?
If it seems like you keep putting more money out to improve your home (or if you have repairs but don’t have the money to do those repairs), but are still having a hard time selling your San Antonio house, you aren’t alone. A buyer’s market makes conditions hard for seller’s to swallow. No one likes to see their home picked apart, criticized, or devalued, but that is exactly what most sellers are dealing with.
Worse yet, due to the devastating consequences of foreclosure in San Antonio, many sellers in the area who hold out for the price they want are getting little action and no offers at all… sometimes leaving the house on the market for months on end.
Do You Know How Foreclosures Have Driven Local Housing Prices Down?
When the housing market crashed and the foreclosures began to roll in, it flooded the real estate market in San Antonio. That means that there is more inventory on the market. When that happens, that drives the price of everyone’s house down because there are more options (at lower prices) for buyers out there.
When there is more inventory than buyers, it devalues the homes for sale.
The jury is still out on whether we’ve climbed out of this foreclosure hole or not. There are still lots of foreclosure houses in the San Antonio area and the banks are still holding many many area homes in their own inventory that aren’t even for sale yet.
But, there are some things you can do in this market to reach your goals with selling your house.
Other Consequences Of Foreclosure
- Eviction from your home—you’ll lose your home and any equity that you may have established.
- Stress and uncertainty— of not knowing exactly when you will have to leave your home.
- Damage to your credit—A foreclosure won’t ruin your credit forever, but it will have a considerable impact on your credit scores, as well as your ability to qualify for another mortgage. Also, a foreclosure could impact your ability to get other forms of credit, like a car loan, and affect the interest rate you receive as well.
- Deficiency balance —may owe a deficiency balance after the foreclosure sale.
- Options— Lose any relocation assistance or leasing opportunities that may be available with other options.
What To Do When Selling Your House In A High Foreclosure Market?
If you’re wanting (or needing) to sell your house you’ve got a couple options you should look at.
- If you don’t need to sell your house fast and can wait the market out… Get A Great Real Estate Agent On Your Side: If you don’t need to sell your house fast and you can pay the real estate agent commissions… it may be best for you to just wait the market out and give it some time for that perfect buyer to come your way and pay the price you’re looking for.The market is improving and if you can sell your house next year rather than now… it may mean a few extra bucks in your pocket on the sale at a higher value.A great real estate agent can help you list the house and market it for you. If you don’t have a god local agent, just reach out to us and we can connect you with some great real estate agents we know in town who have shown they can sell a house fast. Email us over here for a San Antonio area real estate agent referral.
- If you DO need to sell your house fast you still have option A and B
A. Find the Right Real Estate Agent, and price it competitively. Ones that´s ready give your home a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. To boost your home’s curb appeal, give attention to both the house and its surroundings. You won’t have time for any major renovations, so focus on quick repairs to address things that could deter potential buyers. And finally Sweeten the Deal, buyers love financial incentives, so if you are pressed for time, consider how you can make your offer more attractive (exg. covering closing costs, agreeing to all inspections, etc)
B.Look for quick sale options like selling your house to us:Selling your house fast in a market like this can be difficult if you go the traditional real estate agent route… unless you discount your house in a big way. Then on top of that discount you’ll be paying the real estate agent commissions… which takes even more cash out of your pocket in the end.Another option you should look at is selling your house to a real estate investment firm like Hank Buys Houses.We buy San Antonio houses and can make you a cash offer within 24 hours for a fair price.We’re not looking to list your house… we’re actually looking to buy the house from you… we’ll take care of any repair costs after we buy it from you, then we either keep it as a rental property or we’ll turn around and invest our time, money, and expertise into selling the house to another home owner.It can be a win-win-win situation.If you’re looking for full-retail value of your house, we can’t pay that. We do need a discount so we can make a profit on our end, but you won’t ever pay us any fees or commissions.
Reach Out To Us To Sell Your San Antonio TX House Fast… Even In A Market Like Today’s
If you have any questions about our local San Antonio house buying service just reach out to us anytime.
You can call us at (210) 607-9779 or reach out to us over on our Contact Page.
Or, if you’re ready to get a fair cash offer on your house today, just click the link below to go to our “Fast Offer” form… then fill out some basic info on your house and we’ll be on our way!