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BofA Implements Equator (REOTrans) Platform, as Short Sales Gain Ground

California-based Equator (formerly known as REOTrans) says it has launched the industry's first-ever short sale module for a large national lender.

California-based Equator (formerly known as ""REOTrans"":http://www.reotrans.com) says it has launched the industry's first-ever short sale module for a large national lender.

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Although Equator declined to name the lender, the ""_San Francisco Chronicle_"":http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/20/BUOG1A5M2P.DTL#ixzz0UhpeFJL2 has reported that ""Bank of America"":http://www.bankofamerica.com is the company in question. A representative from BofA recently told the paper that they were using the Equator platform to manage the short sale process.

""This is the first time that short sales have been handled through an electronic platform,"" said Equator CEO Chris Saitta. ""With our new system, everyone works together in real time, dramatically improving communication and approval timelines for our client, its borrowers, vendors, and real estate agents.""

Short sales, in which a lender and borrower reach an agreement to dispose of a property threatened by foreclosure at a price that is ""short"" of the amount owed on

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the mortgage, have become more popular among lenders lately as a viable method for dealing with distressed properties.

According to Equator, the number of successful short sales has increased spectacularly across the country in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.

Kevin Kieffer, a Realtor with ""Keller Williams Realty"":http://danville.yourkwoffice.com/ in Danville, California, told the _Chronicle_, ""A year ago I wouldn't touch a short sale. It would be random prices banks wouldn't agree to, you would be tied up six months hoping to get a property sold. But now we're seeing banks up front negotiating prices and giving us criteria. They're getting creative to make things move.""

Equator says the keys to a successful short sale are accessibility, responsiveness, communication, and fulfillment. By adopting its short sale platform, the company says large lenders, such as the unnamed Bank of America, can ensure troubled borrowers have 24/7 access to a portal through which they can provide the necessary information to process a short sale and receive real-time status updates electronically.

""Short sales can be a daunting, complicated, frustrating task for everyone involved,"" Saitta said. ""This fresh approach using our sophisticated platform makes it fast and efficient for all parties involved.""

Equator's short sale module also automates decisioning for the lender, handles approvals for faster turnaround, provides quick fulfillment, and assures full compliance with government programs, Saitta said.

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About Carrie Bay

Carrie Bay
Carrie Bay is a freelance writer for DS News and its sister publication MReport. She served as online editor for DSNews.com from 2008 through 2011. Prior to joining DS News and the Five Star organization, she managed public relations, marketing, and media relations initiatives for several B2B companies in the financial services, technology, and telecommunications industries. She also wrote for retail and nonprofit organizations upon graduating from Texas A&M University with degrees in journalism and English.

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