Mountain View Ca Short Sale Buyers Should Not Buy Furniture From the Seller

When a buyer makes an offer on a Mountain View or any Silicon Valley Short Sales they ocassionally want to purchase some of the furniture in the house.  Sometimes there is a couch that fits perfectly in the family room, or a dining room table that is too big for the seller's new house and they want to sell it. It's ok to do that, right?

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!

Should I say it again?  Ok, NO DO NOT DO IT!!!!!

Here is why.  The seller is not allowed to have any gain from the sale of the home.  The bank gets all the money from the buyer in exchange for allowing the loan to be written down so the seller can get out of his/her obligation. If the seller sells furniture to the buyer it can be considered by the bank to mean that the seller has received money from the buyer. So, if the buyer wants a big table they will have to go to Ikea and buy one.  If the seller does not want a couch, put it on Craigslist, but do not sell personal property to the buyer.


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Comment by Angela Alfe on July 18, 2011 at 3:57pm
Sooo many people forget about this!  I cannot tell you how many people had "contracts" for the purchase of appliances/furniture/etc. from the sellers.  Had to tell them that they couldn't do it.  "Seller can sell to your neighbor, but they cannot sell to you."  This is something that ALL agents should know of and be telling their buyers/sellers when they are discussing short sale listings!


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