It’s a fact that 7 out of 10 distressed home sellers go into foreclosure without visible intervention to improve their situation.  We speculate that sellers do not realize there is help available, and that doing something about their situation is better than just walking away.

Many sellers we talk to are embarrassed about their situation, while others are simply depressed and don’t wish to speak about it, hoping their financial situation will improve in time to change things.  The sad reality is once a homeowner falls behind; it’s very difficult to ever catch back up, even if their job situation improves.

We’ve been reporting about the new government HAFA (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives) program announced on April 5 designed to improve short sales.  We’ve also told you that 2010 will be the year of the Transaction, either a short sale or foreclosure as loan modifications have not worked (use a personal loan calculator to work that out for yourself.

This past week we’ve met several large banks who have all committed to diligently approving short sales in a quick fashion.  Many agents and buyers have been reluctant to offer on Short Sales because the truth was they were really Long Sales.  This has changed and may now be a viable alternative for sellers and buyers alike.  If your loan is with Bank of America, Wachovia, or Wells Fargo, it may now be possible to streamline your short sale.  Other banks are following suit depending on who the end investor is on each loan.

We’ve provided a chart for sellers to illustrate the financial advantages of considering a short sale VS.  foreclosure.  Some of the details may affect you well into the future.  You may wish to discuss this with your attorney as well, especially if you’re considering bankruptcy.

Short Sale Vs Foreclosure Benefit Chart
Why a Short Sale May be better Financially Than a Foreclsoure

The good news is the short sale process has just improved dramatically, and while still very complicated, can provide relief for struggling homeowners and help them restore their credit so they can move on with their lives much sooner.  This economy will improve one day, and it will be nice when current distressed homeowners can look back and not be held down by circumstances of the past.  The short sale is one such tool to accomplish this.

2 thoughts on “Foreclosure vs. Short Sale

  1. I always look forward to the new posts as you write them. This is hands down the best RE website for SW Florida. Surprisingly you do however have a number of inaccurate statements in this last post.

    1: Fannie May guideline for eligibility of a new mortgage after a short sale is 3 years not 2.
    2: Short sales are not reported as “Paid as agreed” In 95% of the cases there reported as ” Settled for less than agreed amount.
    3: Short sales are in fact reported on credit reports. Again, “Settled for less than agreed amount” is the industry reporting term for a short sale.
    4: In my 28 years in the business I have never seen someone get terminated from their job because they had a foreclosure.

    I’m sure these were just an oversight. As always keep up the great job on this blog!


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