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Add your Improvements
Some projects — such as windows, roofing, or improved plumbing and electrical systems — may do little to add value to a home because they are expected to be standard in any property.
We repair most of our properties so they’re easier for you to sell and your clients to finance.
We want to see foreclosed properties become owner-occupied homes. Real estate agents play an important part in this process, so we support you in a number of ways, including:
- Maintenance and repair: If needed, we prepare properties for sale by painting, replacing floors and carpets, and even installing new appliances.
- Prompt responses: We respond to offers within two business days. If there are multiple bids on a property, the process may take longer.
- A unique financing option: Financing options do exist for customers who want to buy and renovate a home. For example, our Purchase & RenovateSM program allows your clients to finance both a mortgage and home improvements in one loan. Talk with your Wells Fargo home mortgage consultant for more information about this program and other choices.
- Fair Housing Education. Wells Fargo provides complimentary Fair Housing training information to real estate professionals, as well as to the public. If you would like to receive this information, please call 1-877-617-5274.
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|Preparing an offer
The buyer’s agent should discuss any offers with the listing agent. The listing agent will explain any required documentation, such as a fully executed contract or proof of funds/financing.
We price our properties in line with the local market and expect them to sell at market value. As with any property listing, our asking price considers the home’s condition as compared to the local market.
If your client wants to buy a property to occupy as a main residence, you’ll be able to make an offer on a Wells Fargo property during our special Homebuyer Priority timeframe. The Homebuyer Priority period allows prospective owner-occupants to have their offers considered before investment buyers.
Our calendar includes the following:
- Days 1 through 7: We list properties, but don’t consider offers.
- Days 8 through 15: Under the Homebuyer Priority timeframe, we consider offers only from prospective owner-occupants, nonprofits, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
- Day 16 and beyond: We consider offers from all buyers, including investors.
|Making an offer
Make sure to include a fully executed contract and any other requested documentation. All offers must include one of the following:
Cash buyers don’t need a prequalification letter, but may be required to provide proof of funds.
Offers submitted to the listing agent will receive an acceptance or a counter-offer within two business days. If there are multiple offers on a property, the listing agent will notify all bidders and ask for highest and best offers.
If you haven’t received a response to your offer from the listing agent, you can call 1-877-305-8925.
- Encourage your clients to arrange for a home inspection from a qualified inspection professional. If the inspection uncovers a problem, we’ll consider further negotiation.
- If your client is financing the property with Wells Fargo, we’ll order an appraisal.
|Preparing for closing
- Wells Fargo guarantees clear and marketable title on all properties.
- We start the title search before even listing a property. In most cases, we can clear the title by the time we enter into a contract.
- We set realistic and reasonable closing dates to reflect our title guarantee and to reflect the buyer’s type of financing.
- If any issues remain, we’ll work with the buyer’s agent to set a new closing date.
- If the appraisal or other underwriting issues occur, we’ll consider further negotiation.
|At the closing
- We’ll work with the buyer’s agent to decide on a closing location.
- The listing agent will be present to represent Wells Fargo at the closing table.
The Purchase & RenovateSM program helps buyers finance a mortgage and home improvements in one loan. The loan is available for REO properties and traditional-sale homes. Because the loan amount is based on the home’s value after closing, buyers may qualify for additional funds. Since the home improvement costs are included in the loan, buyers can begin renovation efforts immediately after closing.
- One loan to purchase a home and make renovations or repairs
- Conventional or FHA 203(k) loan options
- Available with a fixed- or adjustable rate.
- Includes single-family, one-to-four units, planned unit developments, and condominiums.
- Increased financing potential: The loan amount is based on the home value after improvements, so buyers may qualify for more funds.1
- Lower monthly payments: Costs are spread throughout the term of the loan, so customers’ monthly payments may be lower than with other financing options.
- More choices: Gives buyers the opportunity to look at properties they wouldn’t otherwise consider, such as REO homes or properties that need significant repair.
- Speed: Customers can start improvements right after closing.
- Tax deductibility: Interest may be tax deductible.2
- Financing may not be available for luxury items, such as a hot tub, pool, or spa.
- The Purchase & Renovate loan requires that buyers hire a contractor.