The term actually refers to the current owners needing to sell and being "short" the funds it will take to pay off the lender. So, the current owners need to negotiate with their lender an alternate repayment plan or forgiveness of the remaining debt. In today's market, banks are doing anything to avoid foreclosures, so we are seeing more and more short sales approved; very often with full debt forgiveness to the sellers.
This is truly a win for the sellers. Sure, their credit takes a hit. But, their bank accounts and immediate financial future is far better off than if they were to go through a foreclosure. And, it is expected that many of these sellers will be eligible for purchasing again in the not so distant future.
Because in many segments of the marketplace today, most of the available inventory is short sales, I am going to try to break down this very complex process so you're better equipped to consider buying or selling in this kind of a transaction.
Stay tuned to http://www.therealestatewhisperer.blogspot.com/ in the coming days.
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Post written by Vicky Chrisner; Keller Williams Realty
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