Can I Do a Short Sale?

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Can I Do a  Short Sale?
A homeowner will choose to sell a home as a short sale if the home’s value is less than what he or she still owes the bank on mortgage. Lenders will generally accept to take a loss on short sales since they incur more losses on foreclosed homes in their portfolios.

The Basics of a  Short Sale
In a short sale, you sell your Treasure Island home for less than what you owe the lender. If you have a second mortgage or home equity line of credit, then more than one lien holder can be involved in the short sale and you have to wait for both lenders to agree to take a loss on the sale. Your Treasure Island short sale depends greatly on the bank or lender’s approval and you have to learn to wait patiently for their approval, which could sometimes take months.

Characteristics of a Short Seller
Sellers of short sale homes usually owe a large mortgage or multiple mortgages, because they refinanced or borrowed against their Treasure Island home and got loans at temporarily low interest rates. Sellers are often anxious to get out of volatile loan arrangements, which significantly increased their payments and made it unaffordable. Most sellers of short sales also obtained loans at low or no-down payment schemes, meaning the loan covered almost all, if not the entire sale price of the home. If you have experienced one of these cases, then your loan is most likely underwater and you may qualify for a short sale.

Financial Hardship
As a short seller, you must first be able to prove your financial hardship as the main reason why you can no longer make your mortgage payments. You may qualify for a short sale for the following reasons which are considered as financial hardship:
• loss of employment
• salary reduction or reduction of hours
• serious illness of the borrower or a family member that adds up to the monthly expenses
• death of spouse
• divorce
• relocation for a job
Lenders may accept other reasons if they are beyond your control. The key to proving your financial hardship is providing a detailed hardship letter, supporting documents, and a list of expenses showing that your monthly obligations are greater than your current sources of income.
Specific Requirements
Generally, lenders require that your total monthly obligations make up about 50% of your gross income in order to prove your financial hardship. You should also have a debt-to-income ratio of above 36%, which is the healthy debt-load. You should also be at least 30 days behind on your mortgage and are not qualified for a loan modification. A loan modification changes some terms in your loan to make your payments more affordable. It also requires a financial hardship and proof that you can afford the new lower payments.
If you feel you are qualified for a short sale or want to know if you are, you can call us and speak to our St. Petersburg short sale agents to get their help and advice.

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