Yucca Valley and Palm Desert Short Sales
FACING FORECLOSURE...CONSIDER A SHORT SALE
If you are one of the many homeowners who have fallen behind on your mortgage payments and you don't see any way to avoid foreclosure, a short sale may offer you the least painful way to resolve the situation.
Obviously, the ideal scenario would be that you magically catch up on your mortgage payments and keep your home. But for an increasing number of Americans, that is not a realistic possibility, so it's to your advantage to take an active role. This is what a short sale is all about -- resolving the problem, as opposed to simply hiding from your lender and hoping the issue will go away or, worse, walking away from the property.
What is a short sale?
A short sale is when a lender agrees to accept a mortgage payoff amount less than what is owed in order to facilitate a sale of the home by a financially distressed owner. The lender forgives the remaining balance of the loan.
Because you are making a good faith effort, the lender may look more favorably on you, and perhaps be willing to help minimize the damage to your credit score. You are also spared the stress and embarrassment of a long drawn-out foreclosure process.
That's may allow you to feel more in control and that you have a more direct role in paying off part of the debt. Remember, too, that every short sale is a negotiated agreement between the owner and the lender. In a foreclosure, the lender can always pursue the seller for a deficiency judgment to recoup the difference between what it was owed and what it actually collected. In a short sale you may be able to get the lender to accept the sale as "payment in full without pursuit of any deficiency judgment." The lender might agree to that release in return for the seller showing the home, maintaining it as well as possible and not trashing it on the way out.
The lender’s motivation:
Why would your lender let you walk away from the home and forgive the shortfall on your loan? To save time and money. Foreclosures are expensive and time-consuming for lenders. Once the lender realizes that a foreclosure is inevitable, a short sale may seem like the lesser of two evils. Plus, short sales help the lender look good on paper -- the property was never listed as an actual foreclosure, which helps the lender's numbers.
Why is the number of short sales rising?
Due to the recent economic crisis, including rising unemployment, and drops in home prices in communities across the nation, the number of short sales is increasing. Since a short sale generally costs the lender less than a foreclosure, it can be a viable way for a lender to minimize its losses.
A short sale can also be the best option for a homeowners who are “upside down” on mortgages because a short sale may not hurt their credit history as much as a foreclosure. As a result, homeowners may qualify for another mortgage sooner once they get back on their feet financially.
Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA)
To help homeowners who are unable to keep their homes under the Home Affordable Modification Program, the HAFA program may make a short sale or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure a viable option to help them avoid foreclosure. The HAFA Program, which took effect April 5, 2010, provides servicer, seller and junior lien holder incentives for these transactions and is designed to simplify and streamline use of short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure.