In the Los Angeles area, there are quite a few homes in foreclosure, and if interest rates move up, who knows the future. A short sale is an alternative to foreclosure and a way to move on from a bad investment. Many have heard of a short sale, but few understand the concept. So let’s explain the short sale process and see what you should know.
The Windemere Blog says, “A short sale is the sale of a property for less than what the owner still owes on the mortgage. A short sale can occur when a homeowner needs to sell and can no longer afford to make their mortgage payments. The lender agrees to accept less than the amount owed to pay off a loan now rather than taking the property back by foreclosure and trying to sell it later. Lenders agree to a short sale because they believe it will net them more money than going forward with a lengthy and costly foreclosure process.
Whether you should do a short sale or let your property go to foreclosure depends on several factors. In most instances, a short sale makes more sense than foreclosure. In general, when you want to obtain a loan to purchase a property in the future, more opportunities will be available to you if you make a short sale. And, contrary to popular belief, you can be current on your payments and still do a short sale. In fact, if you are current on your mortgage through a short sale, you can qualify for an FHA loan afterward without any waiting periods. The same option will not be available following a foreclosure.
NOLO says saving your credit score may be the most touted reason for choosing to short sale your home rather than letting it be sold at a foreclosure sale, however according to myFICO, short sales, foreclosures, and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure are all “not paid as agreed” accounts and are considered the same for purposes of your FICO score.
When a lender approves a short sale, what does the lender agree to do? At the very least, the lender agrees to remove or release the lien on the property. A seller would have a near-impossible task in selling a property without this lien release.
Is the lender also agreeing to cancel the seller’s obligation to repay the loan in full? Not necessarily. Some lenders ask sellers to sign new, unsecured promissory notes before approving the short sale. Other lenders. reserve their right to collect the deficiency — the remaining balance of the debt without asking for a new promissory note.
If your lender forgives you for a deficiency after a short sale, you may owe taxes on the forgiven amount. That’s because it’s considered income by the IRS, upon which you may owe federal and state income tax. Under the Federal Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, you may be able to exclude from your income all or a portion of the amount of forgiven debt in a short sale.
Since short sales are complicated transactions, it is recommended that you hire an attorney to review the documents. Release of lien and protection from tax deficiency are essential to your financial welfare.
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