A short sale in real estate refers to a situation in which a homeowner sells their property for less than the amount owed on the mortgage. This typically occurs when the property’s market value has decreased, and the homeowner is facing financial difficulties, making it challenging to continue making mortgage payments. The lender agrees to accept a “short” amount, and the remaining mortgage debt may be forgiven or settled.
Here’s how a short sale generally works and how it might benefit a homeowner in Brooklyn or any other location:
Financial Distress: The homeowner is facing financial hardship, such as job loss, medical expenses, or other financial challenges, and is unable to continue making mortgage payments.
Market Value Decline: The current market value of the property is lower than the outstanding mortgage balance. This often happens in a declining real estate market or when property values in a specific area have dropped.
Negotiation with Lender: The homeowner, with the help of a real estate agent or attorney, negotiates with the lender to accept a sale price that is less than the amount owed on the mortgage. The lender agrees to the short sale to avoid the potentially more expensive and lengthy process of foreclosure.
Avoiding Foreclosure: A short sale allows the homeowner to sell the property and settle the debt with the lender without going through the foreclosure process. Foreclosure can have severe consequences on the homeowner’s credit and financial future.
Minimizing Credit Impact: While a short sale still has a negative impact on the homeowner’s credit, it is generally less damaging than a foreclosure. This can make it easier for the homeowner to recover financially and potentially qualify for a new mortgage in the future.
Control over Sale Process: In a short sale, the homeowner has more control over the sale process compared to a foreclosure. They can actively participate in the marketing and sale of the property.
In Brooklyn, or any real estate market, the benefits of a short sale depend on the individual circumstances of the homeowner. It can provide a way to avoid foreclosure, mitigate credit damage, and resolve financial challenges. However, it’s crucial to work with experienced professionals, such as real estate agents and attorneys, to navigate the complexities of a short sale and ensure that it is the right option for the homeowner’s specific situation.
If you’re thinking that question about yourself… great question!
In this article we’ll dive into that question so you as a Brooklyn home owner can tell what your options are during foreclosure or just if your home mortgage is underwater.
What is a Short Sale and How Does it Benefit You?
A short sale can be a smart way to mitigate foreclosure (here’s a great definition of what a foreclosure is in case you’re not sure) on a mortgage, although they can be difficult to attain in today’s market, they often prove to be a simpler way to resolve any debt left over from a loan.
Short sales were really common in the market a couple years back when the flood of foreclosures hit the Brooklyn market… but as foreclosures have slowed down and home values have climbed back up a bit… lenders are a little less likely to offer a short sale as an option as they used to be (but they are still doing a lot of them!).
Here are a few reasons you may want to consider short sale on your Brooklyn home
You Avoid Foreclosure And The Harmful Effects Of It
The best benefit of short sale is that you avoid a foreclosure on your home. Your mortgage lender accepts less than what is owed on your mortgage, leaving you without the debt that you cannot afford.
Foreclosure can lead to all kinds of financial problems, starting with the inability to obtain a new loan for a home because a foreclosure stays on your credit record usually for up to 7 years.
Even renting will become more difficult as your credit score would be affected, and you often have to disclose a foreclosure on a rental application. Foreclosures can also last a long time (up to 7 years as mentioned above), making you wait years to even qualify for a new mortgage.
With a foreclosure, you face all kinds of ramifications with your credit. Buying a car and renting a house may be impossible through the normal bank loan routes.
If you work with money at your job you could even face termination if your employer puts a lot of stock in that kind of thing (most employers won’t but it has been done before).
A short sale relieves the debt that is left over from what is owed on the mortgage, letting both the bank and the seller move on. A short sale is also easier on your credit score, which can allow a homeowner the ability to recover in the long run. Your credit report will only show a pre-foreclosure status, which reduces your credit rating minimally compared to a foreclosure.
Buying a New House
A foreclosure can last for a long time, making it impossible to purchase a mortgage again for up to 7 years.
Short sales offer a little more flexibility for the seller, allowing new home applications only 2 years after the filing depending on the bank. It also makes a mortgage lender more likely to approve your loan than if you had a full foreclosure, getting you back into a home faster.
Again, this all depends on the actual bank / lender you’re working with… so if they’re giving you a hard time a year or two after a short sale… shop around and find another bank to work with.
Usually No Fees Involved
One potential benefit of the short sale is there are usually no fees associated with the process from the bank. The banks just want to get the note off of their books… and if it can be proven that your house is “underwater” (you owe more than your house is worth)… and you’re at the risk of walking away from the house… the bank may rather work out a short sale instead of going through a costly foreclosure.
With a foreclosure, your mortgage lender may tack on extra fees that only make the damage worse.
Some real estate consultants may charge a fee for helping facilitate the foreclosure with your bank… so check with them before you enlist a real estate agent or firm in helping you with this.
Our company, Tristate Holdings 167 Inc. may be able to guide you in the right direction on how to give yourself the best shot at a bank approving a short sale with your Brooklyn area house… so connect with us by calling 1-(888) 788-7478 or shoot an email to us through our contact page here.
Getting a Short Sale – What You May Need To Provide
You will have to provide the bank with proof of being unable to pay your mortgage payments. This can be difficult and is best resolved by finding a good real estate attorney in your area that has experience dealing in this type of law.
If you don’t know who to contact or where to turn to see if a short sale may be a good option for you… get a hold of us.
We won’t charge a thing to discuss your situation with you and let you know your options.
And we can even give you guidance and pointers at absolutely no cost or obligation.
Sometimes we’re actually able to do the work for you or even buy the house from you to get you out from under that mortgage… so that may be a viable option for you.
We buy Brooklyn houses and we work with home sellers like yourself who are having troubles getting out of your house the traditional way… or who can’t (or don’t want to) go the usual route of listing with an agent.
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