When is the last time a banker called up a real estate agent, gave that agent a short-sale listing lead, then gave the seller thousands of dollars as an incentive at closing, plus thousands more from the Homeowner Affordable Foreclosure Assistance (HAFA) program, as a way of thanking the owner for not slipping into foreclosure? Realtor Mark Cooper, CEO of Re/Max Edge in the St. Louis, Mo., area, reported a short sale in which the "homeowner walked away at the closing with $28,000, with no recourse for selling his home with a $280,000 mortgage for $174,000." Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo are reportedly among the lenders aggressively offering seller incentives. According to Tom Kelley, a spokesperson for Chase, this is beneficial for all parties...
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