Short Sales are a Kind of Sale that Results in a Loss

Short Sales are a Kind of Sale that Results in a Loss

It is possible to find yourself in a scenario in which it is advisable to cut your losses and flee away. If your house has been lost, it is probable that the choice to sell is made understandably late in the process, nearly too late. In the unfortunate situation of having to sell your home and downsize as a result of rising living expenses, a knowledgeable real estate agent might be your greatest friend in the world.

If your house is now worth less than the amount you owe on it, your real estate agent will be knowledgeable with the processes and will be able to walk you through the many components of negotiating a short sale. The phrase "short sale" simply refers to the fact that the current market worth of your property is less than the amount that you owe on it in terms of mortgage payments.

Unfortunately, many thousands of homeowners have found themselves in this precarious position as a result of earlier financial abuses that have mostly been addressed at this point in history. Three-quarters of all known housing markets in the United States have seen continuous price declines. According to Global Insight, single-family home prices have fallen for the third straight period in 262 out of 330 markets, with the exception of the United Kingdom.

As property values decline and global food and gas costs rise at the same time, it becomes more difficult to maintain the budget that had been set in stone. If selling your property is the only option available to you, you should be aware that a short sale is different from selling your home under regular circumstances.


Typically, your lender may not even be aware that your property is on the market until your lawyer has paid off the mortgage balance in full. In the case of a short sale, the lender, on the other hand, must be on board from the outset. When you sell your home via a short sale, you will have to deal with extra paperwork.

For example, you must provide written consent to the lender/bank in order for them to speak with your real estate agent. Even more difficult is the chore of documenting all of the reasons why you are unable to pay the amount that you owe. In this case, you will attach bank statements, credit card bills, W-2s, and any other evidence of your incapacity to pay to your letter of explanation, which is known as "demonstrating hardship."

This hardship declaration does not relieve a homeowner of his or her duty for the amount owed - although it may do so in certain cases. The attorney or title business that will be handling your papers might contact your lender on your behalf and request "pardon." Lenders are not interested in amassing a large number of properties; they are in the business of making money. It is likely that your lender will accept the short sale approach since it will save him both time and money compared to the other option he has available to him: foreclosing on the loan.

Foreclosures are very costly and time-consuming for the lender, and having an excessive number of foreclosures on the books might threaten the lender's ability to get insurance for future loans. Briefly, stated, lenders like short sales, and if you are willing to cooperate by giving one, what do you stand to gain from doing so?

You may still have negative consequences from a short sale, but if you are able to walk away from it with your debt cleared (or "forgiven"), you may be able to start again. 1099 must be provided in the event that your lender "forgives" you. This is done to ensure that the amount of the excused debt is recorded so that you, as the seller, may report it to the IRS at tax time.

It will be necessary to remove all liens on a house before it can be sold, including the lender's lien, before it can be sold. If you can maintain the goodwill of your lender, or at the very least their cooperation, a deal may go more easily.

Compromising and being patient are key assets in short sales, just as they are in most other aspects of life.

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