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The Loss Mitigation Department vs. the Foreclosure Department

What are the differences between the Loss Mitigation Department and the Foreclosure Department? Most banks have both. The loss mitigation department works on finding ways to avoid foreclosure on properties. On your San Diego short sale offer, you will be waiting for an answer from the loss mitigation department at the short sale lender for the approval of the short sale. However, you quite possibly could be competing with another department inside the same bank! The foreclosure department works to prepare properties for foreclosure. If a San Diego homeowner has missed enough payments, his/her bank will start the foreclosure process and schedule a foreclosure auction date. If another solution has not been reached by the foreclosure auction date, then the property will go to auction at the county steps at one of a few locations in San Diego County. What if you get short sale approval from the loss mitigation department but your transaction doesn't close until after the foreclosure auction? Too bad! You just lost your right to purchase the property! You and your San Diego real estate exclusive buyer agent should do everything possible to make sure the two departments at your short sale lender(s) are communicating and that everyone is on the same page. Sometimes the loss mitigation department will ask the foreclosure department for an extension of the foreclosure auction date. You want to see these things in writing. Some banks are starting to streamline these steps more than others, but don't count on your short sale lender to be the one that has. Make sure you and your San Diego exclusive buyer agent are communicating with the listing agent and bank representatives regularly to avoid any confusion and any unwanted outcomes!

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exclusive buyer agent in San Diego, CA, Justin GrammJustin Gramm is the founder and principal broker of Globella Buyers Realty, your San Diego Exclusive Buyer Brokerage. He also writes a blog, "For San Diego Home Buyers."

Exclusive Buyer Agents do not list homes for sale and never represent sellers. They have no "inventory" to try to sell you. They can represent you in purchasing any home. They are specialists at representing buyers only on the buyers' side of the transaction. Exclusive Buyer Agents work to get buyers the best price and terms when they buy a home.

If you have excellent credit and plan to buy a home or condo in San Diego County within 90 days, contact Justin Gramm to hire an agent on your side of the transaction. Call Justin at (858) 437-2662 or  E-mail


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