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Direct Short Sale Listing Assignments are Back!

Started Jan 28 0 Replies

 Yes, we still assign short sale listings to agents around the country! As the new year is in full swing now, so is our listing assignment volume.  We are pleased to announce that our direct short…Continue

How to get short sales REMOVED from credit reports

Started this discussion. Last reply by Travis Davies Nov 18, 2013. 3 Replies

We have scheduled two additional webinars due to the demand of agents and consumers who missed our last one about this HOT topic!   How long after a short sale does a seller REALLY have to wait in…Continue

FREE Short Sale Decision Maker Application Download for Mobile Devices!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Linkenauger Oct 7, 2013. 11 Replies

 We are pleased to announce that the Short Sale Decision Maker App is now available for download for I-Phone, I-Pad and Android Devices. All you have to do is go to your App Store and search under…Continue

We now have STAFFED Credit Repair Specialists!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Samantha James-Tharp, PA Aug 30, 2013. 1 Reply

      I would like to introduce you to Dwayne Guillemette, the newest staff member here at the Short Sale Specialist Network. Through the Short Sale Specialist Network, we have seen countless lives…Continue


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Rob E. Kirchner replied to Mike Linkenauger's discussion Short Sale Domain Names for Sale - MUST SEE!
"thanks Mike, But what is your opinion of using "shortsell.com"  vs "shortsale.com"?  In my area someone else has "shortsale.com"   -Rob"
Ben Benita replied to Mike Linkenauger's discussion Are Your Sellers Getting Short Sale Cash Back Incentives?
"Every HUD you send in should have AT LEAST $3000 in Seller relo. money requested. If the loan is a portfolio, many banks will literally pay 10 TIMES that amount in relo. money!!! "
Mike Linkenauger replied to Mike Linkenauger's discussion Short Sale Domain Names for Sale - MUST SEE!
"Yes. It helps your website show up higher on the search engines some if the domain has keywords in it, and they are also great for marketing/branding. You can easily tell people, just go to my site, DetroitShortSales.com. Easy to remember and more…"
Rob E. Kirchner replied to Mike Linkenauger's discussion Short Sale Domain Names for Sale - MUST SEE!
"Mike, is there any value in having a website with the term "short sell" in it?  such as: NewYorkShortSell.com?  These domains are prevelant. "
Rob E. Kirchner replied to Mike Linkenauger's discussion Are Your Sellers Getting Short Sale Cash Back Incentives?
"Hi gang, I have a short sale listing with a chase 1st and BofA 2nd.  Is Chase still giving seller incentives and will they do it even though there's a 2nd loan.  Also, how is the incentive calculated?  I.e., what should I ask for…"
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Mike Linkenauger left a comment for Kalvin McDaniel
"Hi Kalvin! We used to give an actual designation several years ago when we charged for the course and kept it updated. It is not completely up to date and is really Pre-HAFA program material. That's the reason its free! Hope you got some…"
Mike Linkenauger replied to Kalvin McDaniel's discussion M & T Bank Short Sale Package and forms
"Most all lender short sale packages can be found here - http://members.theshortsaleguide.com/resources/ my experience is that most smaller services will allow you to use a generic one"
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Jacksonville, FL, St. Augustine, FL Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Orange Park, FL, Jacksonville Bch, FL Duval County, Clay County, Nassau County, and St. Johns County Florida. Pretty much all of Northeast Florida
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Do you have any experience in Commercial Real Estate? If so, do you have the CCIM or any commercial designations? How many commercial transactions and dollar volume have you CLOSED?
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I've got over 50 websites with thousands of pages of content, yet am horrible at writing!!

I started in real estate as an agent in 2005, and was in the top 1% of agents in Northeast Florida my first FULL year in 2006. Due to the changing market, I changed my business model in 2007 dramatically and started focusing on short sales. I still keep a good inventory of around 100 short sale listings.

In 2008 I founded The Short Sale Specialist Network, a nationwide network of Realtors who specialize in short sales. We are currently working with thousands of homeowners around the country every month, guiding them through the process and directing them to an experienced agent in their area.

In April 2010 we launched the CSSG (Certified Short Sale Guide) training course and designation for agents. We offer unparalleled resources for agents who work short sale on our main agent site, http://www.TheShortSaleGuide.com
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Jacksonville Short Sale Specialist

Short Sale Specialist in Jacksonville

What is a real estate short sale in Jacksonville?

A quick sale in real estate, also commonly called a short sale, happens when a lender is willing to accept a lower pay off on a loan than what is currently owed due to the borrowers inability to continue making payments.

What does it take to qualify for a Jacksonville Short sale?

Short Sale Specialist Realtor in JacksonvilleWhile lenders seem to be easier to work with lately regarding qualifications, there are usually three borrower qualifications that most lenders require for a Jacksonville short sale.

  1. Negative Equity - The proceeds from the sale of the property, after all closing costs
    are paid, are less than the amount currently owed on the property,
  2. Financial Insolvency - Financial insolvency means that the borrower has no other assets that could cover the deficiency (the difference between what is owed on the property and the proceeds from the sale)
  3. Financial hardship - Financial hardships that are acceptable do vary some from lender to lender, but the most common ones are; divorce or legal separation, loss of employment or reduction in income, job transfer or relocation, incarceration, medical emergencies or major medical expenses, death of a family member, vacant rental properties, damaged property, just to name a few. Most lenders believe that a short sale is not for home owners who simply want to sell, but for those who have to sell.

Is it possible for me to get money back for completing a short sale?

Until recent times, it was almost unheard of for a home owner to get money back in a short sale. Things have changed for the better. The HAFA program, backed by the US Government, allows homeowners $3,000 to use towards relocation expenses. In addition, some lenders will offer generous incentives of their own in addition to money offered through the HAFA program. We have seen home owners get as much as $35,000 back to complete a short sale.

Who will pay the Jacksonville short sale Realtors® commission?

In a short sale it is customary for a lender to cover all fees associated with the sale of the property, including your Jacksonville short sale specialist as well. In almost all cases, a home owner in hardship will pay no out of pocket expense to complete a short sale transaction.

How Can a Jacksonville short sale specialist help me?

As a Jacksonville short sale specialist, I have helped many home owners who are in a Short Sale Realtordifficult financial season get a fresh start with a short sale. Short sales are not part of our "basic training" as real estate agents, and are something that should only be left to those of us who are especially qualified and experienced. Experience is everything when it comes. I'll not only market your home in the traditional manor, but will guide you through this transition while simultaneously processing the short sale with your lender. Visit my website for more information on the short sale process.

Michael Linkenauger

License Number: SL1181312

First Coast Realty Associates

PHONE: 904-733-4911


~ Your Jacksonville Short Sale Specialist Realtor® ~







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List of lenders who give loans one day after a short sale or foreclosure

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

This is the new "thing"! Sub-Prime lending is back in a big way.  There are many lenders out there writing portfolio loans to buyers one day after they do a short sale or foreclosure.  Here is a list of a few, comment below if you have any of your own to add to our list -

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1.) Amerifirst Financial



Bank of America Giving Incentives to Employees to DENY Loan Modifications

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:00am 11 Comments

Bank of America Corp. (BAC), the second-biggest U.S. lender, rewarded staff with cash bonuses and gift cards for meeting quotas tied to sending distressed homeowners into foreclosure, former employees said in court documents.

Mortgage workers falsified records and were told to delay U.S. loan-assistance applications by requesting paperwork that the…


Fannie Mae Announces New Effort To Streamline Short Sales

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

In an effort to speed up the short sale process, Fannie Mae is increasing early communication with real estate agents by asking listing agents to register accepted short sale offers with the GSE.

By registering offers, Fannie Mae says there will be greater transparency in the process and it will also allow the GSE to be more proactive…


HAFA, HARP & HAMP Extended Through 2015

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 12:48pm 3 Comments

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew announced today that Treasury is extending the Making Home Affordable Program for another two years. The new expiration date is now set for December 31, 2015.

The program offers help to homeowners through solutions including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA), and the Second Lien…


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At 2:25pm on October 7, 2013, TRULANS TRUDA HICKMAN said…

Thanks for your note but I do need some additional info.  Thanks

At 1:28pm on September 5, 2013, Michael Gaudin said…

Thank you Mike! You are doing a great job! Best in the industry!

At 3:44pm on July 30, 2013, Aileen Potter said…
How do I become a short sale listing agent with your company?
At 5:49pm on January 2, 2013, Jon Gosche said…

Thanks for the invitation.  I have only received one referral from Short Sale Network here in Idaho after a year.  I have been involved in 130 seller side short sales.  Not all alone.  Some with one of my agents who I got doing it, is now a dynamo with them.  Short sales and Bank owned property is dropping of fast in Boise Idaho though.  Ada County where Boise is more than 250,000 people.  Today there are only 50 bank owned homes for sale.  About 450 short sales.  A year ago there were some agents who had 50 to 100 REO listings.

At 5:33pm on January 2, 2013, Ernie Dill said…

Hey Mike - I met you on the Cruise last year.  This year, we're planning a vacation in one spot, where I will be on vacation, not in seminars!  I met some terriffic folks last year and no disrespect to the cruise, but it wasn't a vacation...it was work!  Best,  Ern

At 11:02am on October 31, 2012, Jacqueline Lee said…

Excellent information! Thanks for sharing that with us!

Also, do you know any lenders in Jacksonville who work with buyers after short sale?

At 1:32pm on July 6, 2012, Juan Portorreal said…

Thanks, Mike looking forward to share information!!!!

At 1:43pm on March 24, 2012, Kay Islam said…

The Short Sale Symposium at Sea 2012 was Awesome!! Thanks Mike


At 1:12pm on January 31, 2012, Mike Linkenauger said…
#shortsales FHA extends short sale flip Rule for another year! http://www.trulia.com/blog/short_sale_specialist/2012/01/fha_to_extend_flipping_rule
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M & T Bank Short Sale Package and forms

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