“Should I Buy a Short Sale?”

“Should I Buy a Short Sale?”



Hi Joe, I am looking at a house which is up for "short sale".  Would we be able to do the same type of transaction/loan as last time with a house on short sale?  Why do people do a short sale?  Is it to their advantage?  Is it like bankruptcy?



I couldn’t understand that the Realtor did not adequately explain the answers to these questions. I decided to call my clients to listen to what they had been told.


These clients have an opportunity to purchase a home at a very good price and it is a property that fits their needs. But there could be many challenges as with any short sale. With these clients it may be a good solution for their specific needs:



1) They are in no hurry.

2) They need to sell their current residence.

3) Their home is desirable and can get top dollar.

4) If their home sells before the short sale is approved, they have a place to live.



1) The short sale may take months to be approved.

2) The short sale may never be approved.

3) There will be costs, home inspection and appraisal, all of which could be wasted if the short sale isn’t approved.


Based on the discussion, the client will move forward with an offer on the property.


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Comment balloon 12 commentsJoe Petrowsky • December 21 2016 02:07PM


I am in an area where there are still a lot of short sales...the biggest problem we have is that the bank always wants more than the list price and sometimes more than the appraisal. 

Short sales are very misleading to the consumer.  Good post.


Posted by Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Joe,

Yes the agent should have informed the buyer of the meaning of a short sale.

Congratulations on becoming a multimillionaire.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 2 years ago

Congratulations, Joe, on reaching 2 million points... it's a long journey to get there, for sure. Looking forward to joining you in this club in 2017!

  ... and counting!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Joe. For those with patience and ability to handle disappointment, a short sale can be a tresure trove! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Joe. What a great and straightful explanation of a short sale. Happy New Year.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Joe - it has come to my attention that you are now a millionaire, twice-over.  Congratulations, it is no small feat.... good for you.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 2 years ago

Joe Petrowsky This is very good report to buy a short sale. Congratulation for passing the 2,000,000 points milestone.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) almost 2 years ago


On the 2 million Joe Petrowsky 


Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) almost 2 years ago

My wife and I did about 250 short sales in 5 years and we do understand the positives and negatives.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 2 years ago

Thanks, Joe, for sharing this story.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Happy New Year!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

Hello Joe Petrowsky my friend, congratulations on the 2m milestone


and wishing you and Gail Petrowsky the very best in 2017.


Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 2 years ago

Joe - the Real Estate Broker in my group does short sales and they do take quite a while.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 2 years ago