I considering a short sell on my house, rather than face foreclosure. I have some money on my savings

Asked by Edward, Sacramento, CA Thu Mar 6, 2008

account. I am curious if the bank out be able to go after my savings account.

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J.D. "Dan" &…, Agent, Orange Park, FL
Fri Mar 7, 2008
Part of the usual short sale process is that the owner have no assets to keep the loan going. Many owners are mislead by the media in thinking they can just let the house "go back to the bank" This is not how things work. As more people are trying to get forgiveness of the loan lenders are looking harder at the situation each owner is in. In many cases, while they don't want to own the real estate which happens in foreclosure, still they also will not entertain "Short Sale".
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Steve Hobson, Agent, Bonney Lake, WA
Fri Mar 7, 2008
Another thing to consider when deciding to sell your house via "Short Sale", your credit will take a much less of a hit than after foreclosure. By selling short, you may be in a position to get back on your feet sooner and get back into home ownership after you get out of your temporary slump. I wish you the best of luck
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Justin Young, , Virginia Beach, VA
Fri Mar 7, 2008

I may take a lot of heat from other agents for what I'm about to recommend to you as a viable option.

First, executing a short sale requires more time, skill and experience in both the marketing/pricing strategy side and the "dealing with the lender" side than most people think. So if you choose to work with an agent, make sure you find one with experience! Find out how many they've done in the past two years and ask for referrals.

BUT, if there is not a sufficient amount of profit potential in the sale of the house to cover the Agent's fee, then you are not going to be able to use an agent (unless the broker decides to do it pro bono - not likely).

So now what?

This is an option that must be considered. Collect and call five (5) different phone numbers off of those "We Buy Houses" signs you may have seen plastered all over neighborhoods and cars. They will ask you some information and tell you how they can help you. These people are investors, or associated with investors, who buy houses that are distressed or facing foreclosure. They typically will use a short sale process but they, as the buyer, will deal directly with your lending institution.

In this scenario, your house will NOT go on the market. You will NOT get full market value for your home. You might NOT realize any profit from the sale, BUT...you will NOT have to face the devestating effects of foreclosure. These are investors who want to make a profit, so they will buy it directly from your bank and either resell it, rent it out or lease-to-own it back to you or someone else.

So, Edward, to be perfectly honest, if you want to be able to buy again in the near future, you must weigh this option along side the use of an agent. There really is no "Cinderella" scenario in breaking free of a pending foreclosure. Any way you go, it's tough...but any scenario is better than foreclosure and/or bankruptcy.

If you would like me to find an agent experienced in short sales, I'd be glad to send you a referral for one of the top short sale agents in the Sacramento area. Just email me at JustinYoung@kw.com.

All the best!
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Thu Mar 6, 2008
IN order to have a short sale you need to prove hardship. That means economic hardship.
That is not to say that you will have to give the lender everything, however they will want all parties to contribute to the short fall.

For more information read my blog

The lender would rather have you do a short sale than foreclose. However, they would rather you stay in the home. So you are convincing them that the only alternative is for you to sell. Hardship could be a medical condition (and bills), divorce, death, etc.

Talk with a Realtor in the area about your options. If you are unable to locate one, I can provide you with some possible Realtors.
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