From what I read, it sounds like you need to work on raising your credit scores first.
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Consumer reporting companies must investigate the items you question within 30 days. They also must forward all the relevant data you provide about the inaccuracy to the organization that provided the information. After the information provider receives notice of a dispute from the consumer reporting company, it is required to investigate, review the relevant information, and report the results back to the consumer reporting company. If this investigation reveals that the disputed information is inaccurate, the information provider has to notify the nationwide consumer reporting companies so they can correct it in your file.
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Only Fair Issacs can tell you for sure how a credit inquiry will affect your score, but in general one inquiry does not have much, if any impact on your credit. What does impact your credit is multiple inquiries in a very short period of time.... more
Whew, that's a tough call. Where's the Suze Orman of real estate when a good question like this one pops up!? It seems as though the association/condo board have failed at going after delinquent fees needed to maintain the building. Delinquent payments are very common in all condo buildings yet at this high level of 65%, it a surprise the water is still on. The new Fannie Mae guidelines from January 2009 would not allow financing so it would have to be geared to cash investors yet no investor would take on the liability of covering everyone elses slack with inevitable assessments on the horizon.
A Deed in Lieu of foreclosure may be the most viable option although speak to your bank(s) in all honesty on the current circumstances and be sure to negotiate DOWN the deficiency lien. Do not take no for an answer and keep climbing the peon ladder until the manager can help. I say this only because I'm afraid a short sale just won't fly from lack of a ready willing & able buyer. IF you could find a buyer, then please jump on the short sale option making sure there are no deficiency liens or 1099's if it's an investment property. I assume this is your "home." I also heard an interesting concept yesterday where it MAY be that FICO (credit) scores will be weighted in favor of owners such as yourself who are forced into foreclosure or hand over their properties between the years of let's say 2005-2009. Meaning less likely to greatly "break" the FICO instead weighted and factored in favor on the years of trouble down the road when you feel it's time to borrow again. Just an idea that may make sense in the future because of the current circumstances (not a fact but likely).
It's been a tough battle over the last 4 years for a large majority of owners in similar circumstances as property values tumbled. This building WILL eventually turn around after a financial correction and an efficient condo board is established. Miami Dade residential sales are up 67% over this time last year and 20% over March! Stay positive & strong no matter how bad it gets and remember this simple (& odd) advice from my father when I've have hard problems to swallow... "they can't kill you!"
I am open to more ideas & opinions and my answers can be wrong as a fallible sales associate.. This is only opinions and advice from today's knowledge/understanding and I welcome any further insights I may be unaware of.... more