(Closed) Getting really, really fed up with Fannie Mae

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 4
2407 posts
Buzzing bee

I don’t have any experience with this but I do know some people who have or have tried to buy foreclosed houses. Some of them eventually decided to walk away because the process was taking too long. 

On the other hand, my brother-in-law put a bid on a foreclosed place in mid-January and they finalized negotiations on Friday, with a closing date of March 16. 

If you really love the place, wait it out. I’m sure you’ll hear good news eventually. 

Post # 5
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Buying a foreclosed or short sale home can take a really long time. Also, all sorts of stuff is going on with Fannie Mae and goverment regulators right now (due to their ilegal actions during the housing meltdown), so god knows what all has them distracted. Mortgage companies are notorious for taking their sweet time, and for the process being completely illogical.

Good luck!

Post # 6
4824 posts
Honey bee

only a week? It took us 60 days despite a guaranteed response in 45 days on an offer. You need a lot of patience buying short sales or foreclosures.

Post # 7
14501 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@LizLemon:  My friend waited…. wait for it… SIX MONTHS for an answer from the bank on a short sale property they put an offer on.  Banks move at a sloth rate.  Good luck!

Post # 9
4824 posts
Honey bee

@LizLemon:  Any time the bank is the decision maker in short sales and foreclosures you typically should be prepared to wait. 

Post # 11
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@LizLemon:  The govt owned foreclosure that my friend purchased had a a window of time where offers were accepted for review, and then the govt agency (can’t remember if it was fannie mae or not) would choose the highest acceptable offer, but only after that time period was closed.  Bottom line was that they didn’t want to accept an offer when someone might still be willing to put in a higher one.  It sounds like you might be in that period now.  But if your offer isn’t as high as they want to see, they might possibly open it up to investors.

Haven’t dealt with a foreclosure myself, but did go through a very long short sale.  Bank approvals and govt approvals can both take a long time.  Sometimes you get lucky, but it’s definitely a ‘plan for the worst, hope for the best’ situation. Best of luck.

Post # 12
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We bought one that was part of their home path and ours got acepted the next day and we offred asking and got our clossing costs covered. Not sure why it is taking so long.

Post # 13
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@LizLemon:  I have to disagree with what some of the PP’s are saying. A short sale can take years if they bank lets it, but your realtor was right regarding a foreclosure. Usually, the process is much shorter and answers come back within a week. I’ve bought a couple in the past (one from fannie) and never waited more than 5 days. 

Post # 14
4824 posts
Honey bee

@mwitter80:  Noo all are like that. My dad just bought one (foreclosure) and it took 2 YEARS for them to respond. He just waited patiently. He now has a dream home on an island at 50% the value.

Post # 15
32 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think it depends on the agency that the bank is using. We put in an offer through Homepath yesterday and were told today there were multiple offers and to give a “highest and best”. We will be re-submitting tomorrow and hope to hear back by the end of the week.

A couple years ago I put in an offer on a foreclosure that went through an agency, and the agent waited until there were several offers (5-10) before even submitting to the bank.Then it took another week or two to hear back from the bank.

Hang in there, every experience is different, but from what I understand, foreclosures can take a while!

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