Foreclosure Relief through Short Sale

Equity First Realty® can help you avoid foreclosure…

This real estate market has caused unbearable stress and heartache.

As a Certified Distressed Property Expert and Realtor®, our broker, Marcus Rice, has the expertise and the team of experienced professionals necessary to save your credit, relieve the uncertainty and most of all, help your family.

Contact us and let’s get started towards the path of recovery.

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Understanding the Short Sale

A “Short Sale” is a relatively new phrase to many homeowners, but this type of sale has been part of the real estate market for many, many years. Most Realtors® are not up-to-date with the process and that has caused much confusion in the community with homeowners and even real estate agents.

Since Marcus Rice is a Certified Distressed Property Expert, we believe it would be important to explain and dispel many misunderstandings of this process.


What is a Short Sale?

  • When a homeowner is authorized to sell for less than what is owed on the mortgage.
  • When the lender authorizes or accepts the sales price as a payoff.
  • When the seller avoids foreclosure and many times they can also avoid a judgment.
  • When the seller avoids a negative report, by the lender, to the credit bureaus.

The seller won’t get any money at closing, but they will avoid the emotional toll a foreclosure can cause. The negotiations include a favorable wording for the forgiven debt on the mortgage that can help the recovery of the homeowner.

Why would a lender agree to lose money?

  • Financially, it’s a smaller loss to accept a short sale than it would be to incur the additional expenses of a foreclosure.
  • Lenders are in the business to lend money, not home ownership. The more resources they have tied up on a property – the less they have to lend out.
  • With prices dropping so rapidly, even if the lenders decide to foreclose they will lose even more money when they finally try to sell the property later rather than sooner.

How would a Short Sale help me?

  • It helps you avoid an emotionally draining foreclosure process.
  • Avoiding a foreclosure with help save your credit. Typically a foreclosure will drop your credit score up to 200 points per loan.
  • Avoid having a foreclosure on your credit report anywhere from 7 to 10 years, which affects your future purchasing power and interest rates.
  • It could help you avoid a “deficiency judgment” from the lender after the foreclosure as they try to recuperate their loses.

I’ve already received my foreclosure notice, is it too late for a Short Sale?

  • The short answer is no, but there are a few variables that can affect the foreclosure timeline.
  • A qualified Realtor or better yet, a Certified Distresses Property Expert can help you extend the foreclosure timeline up to 6 months and in many circumstances up to 7 or 8 months.
  • A sale of a home can be done and approved up to the day of the bank sale or auction of the home.

I haven’t missed any mortgage payments; can I still do a Short Sale?

  • Typically the lender will not consider a short sale if there have not been any missed payments but can be overcome if we can show a compelling reason why the payments have been made but the payments are not sustainable into the near future.
  • We would need to show if the payments were made with your credit cards, by borrowing from family members or even if the money came from retirement accounts, as an example. This will not guarantee the lender will accept but there are instances where they have done so.

How do I pay the Realtor® commissions, taxes and other expenses associated with a home sale?

  • The homeowner does not pay any of the expenses associated with the sale of the home, such as commissions and other closing costs. Those expenses are also paid by the lender.
  • In December 2007, President Bush signed into law the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act which eliminates the income tax that used to be levied on the forgiven portion of the primary home’s sale. The tax is still in force for second homes and investment properties

If you have questions or feel you may qualify for a Short Sale, please contact us for a free consultation.

Understanding your options now could mean all the difference in the world.