Banks tell you to try short sale to see if they can cut their losses but do not want to take much less than you owe.
Some Realtors push short sale because there is no other business out there, they need to eat and pay their mortgages just like you and I.
You need to start trying to avoid foreclosure and that is done by being proactive, contacting the bank and telling them you need options becuase you do not want to lose your home. As you are doing this you need to record and document everything they say or do and submit everything they ask for yesterday because you need to look like you were trying while the bank was not, making the bank look like the bad guy. Making the bank look uncooperative can be used to fight foreclosure in the courts, judges do not like uncooperative banks especially now. GET ON THE PHONE NOW AND AVOID FORECLOSURE- all forms of foreclosure (short sale is a form of foreclosure) are life changing events ask any one of my clients
Ramifications of Foreclosure, Short Sale or Deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure
Here are some of the ramifications of foreclosure, short sale or deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure, there are many more like your job, yes employers are checking credit records these days.
Your credit score will be reduced by 200-400 points, short sale a little less 100-200 points.
All forms of foreclosure stay on your credit report for 10 years.
After you have gone through foreclosure, short sale or deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure there will be what is known as the "waiting period", this period of time varies for each and can be reduced if you had some type of extenuating circumstances that caused the foreclosure:
Waiting Periods to Buy After Foreclosure
* Buying After a Foreclosure
The waiting period is 5 years up to 7 years.
* Buying After a Foreclosure with Extenuating Circumstances
The waiting period is 3 years up to 7 years.
* Buying After a Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure
The waiting period is 4 years up to 7 years.
* Buying After a Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure with Extenuating Circumstances
The waiting period is 2 years up to 7 years.
* Buying After a Short Sale
The waiting period was just upped from 2 to 3 years. However, if a seller does not have a 60-day late pay, that seller may immediately buy another home. It's a reason to stay current on your payments while the home is on the market as a short sale.
In addition to the waiting period, most loans require a minimum down payment of 10% and a minimum FICO score of 680. The home purchase must also be the principal place of residence, not a rental nor a vacation home.
Lastly, most loan applications will ask the dreaded question "Have you ever been foreclosed on?" this stays with you for life, many think that because it will not show up on the credit report after 10 years they can answer "no", well lying on a loan application is a felony that carries a major jail term, so be aware.
It's really challenging to offer GOOD ADVICE without knowing the dates of the NOD and the future Trustees sale.
Give me some time frames and /or dates and I might be able to give you some better advise.
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Kieth's answer is spot on.
The other answers are not quite correct. Not all lenders will cooperate with a short sale, nor do they have to. There are too many factors as to why this is true for me to list here, but suffice it to say that there are many obstacles to short sale, beyond just pricing, as stated in the other answers.
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