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WITH a Short Sale.
If you owe more on your house than what it’s currently worth, the lender may allow a short sale. A short sale is a real estate transaction where the mortgage company lets the homeowner sell the property for less than what is currently owed on the mortgage. The best part is there is no cost to the homeowner to do a short sale. The short sale will help you avoid foreclosure and settle your debt.
Benefits of a short sale:
Relieve the stress of mortgage payments
Settle your debts and avoid foreclosure
Less damaging to your credit history
Qualifying factors for short sale help
You’re undergoing financial hardship, such as loss of income, divorce, excessive debt, or death of a homeowner.
Owe more than house is worth
You owe more than the house is worth when factoring in the mortgage, additional liens, HOA fees, and closing costs.
30+ Days Delinquent
Your mortgage loan is at least 30 days delinquent.
Mortgage exceeds appraised value
An appraisal obtained by your lender shows the value of your home as less than the mortgage amount.
If you do not qualify for a property short sale, there may be other alternatives to
If you have additional questions…
How a short sale realtor works for you
We’ll handle the entire process from start to finish.
Hire a Short Sale realtor.
Your lender will require you to hire a short sale realtor (like us) to negotiate on your behalf; we know their process, and what it takes to get short sales approved.
Submit a short sale package.
We will submit all the paperwork needed on your behalf. After your initial consultation with us, we will make sure we have everything we need to get the lender to review your short sale.
Negotiate with your lender.
We will negotiate on your behalf to get your debt settled and all fees paid so you don’t have to. We know how to speak to the lenders and get your short sale approved. We advocate on your behalf to make sure the lender approves your short sale.
You will know every step of the way what is going on with your short sale. We know how frustrating this process can be, so we have the systems in place to make sure that you are never in the dark about what is going on with your house.
When seeking loss mitigation services it is important to…
Communicate with your lender.
Make sure you do not ignore any communication from your lender and you maintain honest, open communication at the first sign of financial difficulty in order to take advantage of the assistance they will offer you.
Be faithful to your commitment.
If you agree to a loss mitigation option like a short sale, be sure you can comply. If there is a change in your circumstances and you cannot honor your agreement, contact your lender immediately. The further behind you are, the fewer options you’ll have with your lender.
Remain in your home.
If the lender knows the house is vacant they may send a property preservation team out to change the locks, leaving you locked out of your home. It’s also important not to move out as you may not qualify for relocation assistance if you abandon your property.
Frequently asked questions
A short sale transaction occurs when mortgage lenders allow the borrower to sell the house for less than the amount owed on the mortgage. The foreclosure process occurs when lenders repossess the house, often against an owner's will.
Your mortgage company pays us to represent you.
We will make sure the lender puts in writing that your debt is settled after the short sale. This means you will have no further financial obligations to worry about once the home is sold.
Most of our clients qualify for relocation assistance from the bank. The amount we’re able to negotiate for ranges from $1,500 to $10,000.
It depends on many things, including late or missed payments. A short sale may appear on your credit report as “ settlement or pre-foreclosure redemption,” “paid in full for less than full balance” or other terms.
*Missing mortgage payments will definitely affect your credit rating.
A short sale where the lender forgives (cancels) the debt is a relief of debt. The IRS may treat this as income for tax purposes. A limited exemption allows homeowners to pay no taxes on certain types of debt forgiveness especially if it's your primary residence. The government has been extending the Mortgage debt forgiveness act since 2007 and we do believe they will keep extending it or create a permanent law for it soon.
Every short sale is different, because every homeowner’s situation is different. Our average time frame is 3-4 months.
No, you can stay in your home and use this time to find a new place to live. This will actually help with our relocation assistance negotiations, as you may not qualify if you’ve abandoned your property.
Take It From Our Past Clients
What our clients are saying…
“I was coming from the lowest point in my life and you managed to get me through the longest short sale ever. YOU have given me hope and inspiration! Thank you!”
“I didn’t think anyone could help me after multiple loan modification attempts. The lender would not budge. Nicole and her team were able to get the lender to accept a short sale, postpone multiple foreclosure dates and get me funds from the lender at closing to help with moving!”
Winter Haven, FL
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